George Zimmerman gets speeding ticket in Florida

ORLANDO, Florida Wed Sep 4, 2013 3:07pm EDT

George Zimmerman enters the courtroom for his trial in Sanford, Florida July 13, 2013 during the trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. REUTERS/Gary W. Green/Pool

George Zimmerman enters the courtroom for his trial in Sanford, Florida July 13, 2013 during the trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Credit: Reuters/Gary W. Green/Pool

Related Topics

Photo

Obama at the bar

Obama shares drinks and shoots pool during a stopover in Denver.  Slideshow 

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - George Zimmerman was stopped for speeding this week for the second time since he was acquitted of murder in July for shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, Florida police said on Wednesday.

"Sorry," Zimmerman told the officer who was wearing a body camera. The video was posted on Orlando NBC-affiliate WESH-TV.

Zimmerman was stopped and ticketed on Tuesday in the town of Lake Mary for driving 60 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone, Lake Mary police officer Zach Hudson said. The ticket carried a $256 fine and three violation points against his driver's license.

In Florida, 12 points results in a license suspension, and any number of points can affect auto insurance rates.

Hudson said Zimmerman's behavior toward the officer was "very appropriate." He said Zimmerman can pay the fine, contest the ticket, or attend a driver improvement class which can void the points, lower his fine and block an insurance rate hike.

Zimmerman previously was stopped on suspicion of speeding in northern Texas two weeks after his acquittal, and was let off with a warning to slow down. He has a concealed weapon permit and told the Texas officer that he was carrying a gun in the glove compartment.

Hudson said Zimmerman made no mention of carrying a concealed weapon in Florida. On video, he can be heard asking the Lake Mary officer for permission to get his registration and insurance card out of the glove compartment.

Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch captain in a gated community in nearby Sanford when he fatally shot Martin who was en route to a townhome after a trip to the convenience store to buy snacks. Prosecutors argued that Zimmerman profiled, pursued and confronted the black youth. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self defense.

(Editing by Jane Sutton and Andrew Hay)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (5)
Mylena wrote:
Itold you George , they will make your living like hell. Move!!! Maybe to South America? less inmigrations requirements. Move, or you will find dead at anytime.

Sep 04, 2013 3:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
zhanyeye wrote:
Remember O.J. Simpson? George Zimmermen will get his due one day.

Sep 04, 2013 4:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChicagoFats wrote:
Reuters: at long last, sirs, have you no shame? I wouldn’t sit next to the guy in a restaurant but give it a freaking rest, people. You’re looking just like Yahoo! these days.

Sep 04, 2013 11:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.