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I am sorry to learn that you received a citation. Unfortunately, speeding up to pass a vehicle is not a legitimate defense to a speeding citation.
The California Courts have a very helpful self-help site to assist you in dealing with your citation (including how to pay it if you decide not to fight it, and how to fight it if you decide you wish to contest it (CA offers both trials in court and trials by written declaration). The website also offers information on traffic school so that you can have the citation erased from your record for insurance purposes (if this is your first citation in the last 18 months).
This guide here gives you an idea of some of the more common defenses available to motorists that are cited with speeding tickets: https://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/how-to-fight-a-speeding-ticket-in-california-when-they-get-you-on-radar
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