I have a good attorney locally that should be able to get it dropped. Better than making your insurance rates go up. Shouldn't be much more than $300 - $400 I'm guessing and you probably won't even have to take time off to appear. IM me if you want his number.
Sounds like I've been through this a time or two huh?? Just got a ticket myself passing an 18 wheeler that had nearly ran me off the road, so I hit the brakes to get behind him, got over to the clear lane to quickly pass, and BAM, there is the LEO with his laser just as I passed, pulls me over and hands me a ticket. It's all about the timing. Unfortunately in most cases they could care less about the circumstances and have always told me to take it up in court which is a joke to do unless you have a lawyer in which case the good ol boys system is quick and easy.