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Your best speeding ticket story?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Renault78law, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    My first speeding ticket was when I was 15. I only had a driving permit, so my dad was sitting in the passenger seat. My mom, sister, and grandma happened to be in the back seat. The whole thing was sort of innocuous, I wasn't even really intending on speeding. I think the CHP got me at +10mph over the speed limit. Very embarassing, and my parents were pretty pissed.

    During college, my friend and I were returning from spring break at Lake Havasu. He got pulled over and ticketed, not once, but twice. Once in Arizona, and once in California. Talk about bad luck. We were scared shitless because we had beer (we were underage) and weed in the trunk.

    And most recently, I was driving down the 101 from Solvang to LA. I tend to drive pretty fast these days, and saw a squad car cruising in the #3 lane, so I slow down. When I get closer, I realize it's a police car, not CHP.
    I have no idea whether it's actually true, but I had always heard that the freeways were out of the police's jurisdiction or something, and that police can't ticket you on the freeway, only CHP. So I lean on the gas a little to pass him, and I'm back on my merry way. Sure enough, I see the blue lights flashing in my rearview. Immediately, my GF gives me the biggest "I told you so" speech of all time. I already felt like the biggest bonehead in the world. I thought I was screwed.
    The officer walks up and asks me whether I think it's a good idea to blow by him at 75mph. In my head, I thought to myself, "I was going a lot faster than that" but I start apologizing profusely and tell him I'm tired from doing the Solvang century (bikeride) and I all I want is to get home. He lets me off with a warning! I was so incredibly relieved!
    I still wonder whether he had the authority to give me the ticket...in any case, I won't be speeding by police cars on the freeway anymore.
     
  2. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    I think I went like 25 mph over the speed limit. $250 ticket…thank god for attorneys that specialize in moving violations. Funny enough, my current car is a LOT more powerful than my former car, yet I tend to drive slower nowadays (by slower I mean 60 in a 45 mph zone, not 80). Partially the problem is that in my car you really have no idea if you are going 30 or 100, you really can’t tell the difference.

    Jon.
     
  3. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    I used to be pretty leadfooted. one thing that I hate, is people who get into the left lane and sit at speed limit and block you from passing. so, a few years ago, I am riding behind this guy, who is in the left lane and going the speed limit. we were on a ring road that goes around jerusalem, soft of like the beltway in DC or the one that loops around Atlanta. anyway, after following him for a while, we stop at a light, and when the light changes I see that he is slow to start moving, so I lean on my horn, cut into the right lane and pass him on the right, on a left turn at an intersection. I am now ahead of him, and excelerate to 10 or 15 klicks above the speed limit, and he shoots forward, pulls up to me and flashes a badge through the window, while we are sailing along. turns out he was a detective, and a very pissed off one. so he basically tells me that he could call in a traffic cop to give me a ticket, and that I should be more careful, etc etc. so I apologize and promise to be better, and he lets me off.
     
  4. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Can they detain you for that? In the US (if I can properly recall, I'm sure SF counsel will explain in detail) if they don't have jurisdiction, you don't have to wait, plus there has to be a reason why they stopped you, probable cause and all.

    Jon.
     
  5. whoopee

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    A couple summers back I was driving the I-5 from the Bay Area to LA. I, along with many others, was going over 100 mph. When I reach Santa Clarita (Magic Mountain area) a cop stops me and gives me a ticket despite my best puppy dog eyes. He also informs me that I could go to jail if I sped again that day.

    When I receive the ticket in the mail, the mandatory court date is scheduled for a day before my school in Philadelphia started. I called to try to change the date and location (Santa Clarita being an hour plus away from LA) but was denied.

    So I made a one day flight before school to LA. Unfortunately none of friends were able to take me, and I couldn't borrow their cars. So I hired a car to take me mid-morning, my bags packed for the flight home right afterwards.

    In court, I sat and heard people getting fined - one a total of ~$500 for speeding, having no insurance, and driving without a seatbelt. My turn came, and I pled guilty, hoping for driving school, but summarily was denied and told my fine would be $1700 for reckless driving. The judge asked to see my license; I complied, thinking he wanted to be sure of my identity, but he snatched it and told me it was suspended for thirty days.

    Now this was a big problem because I had no ID for the flight home and was potentially going to be stranded in LA, missing days or more of class. The judge had no sympathy. So I hired a car to go to the airport, hoping not to have to use a fake ID to get through security. Luckily, though disturbingly, there were no security checks that day for some reason. So I got home fine, though rattled and pissed that overall this one ticket cost me over $2500.

    One of the reasons I prefer to be driven these days.
     
  6. kabert

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    Can they detain you for that? In the US (if I can properly recall, I'm sure SF counsel will explain in detail) if they don't have jurisdiction, you don't have to wait, plus there has to be a reason why they stopped you, probable cause and all.

    Jon.


    I think they would have no more authority than any other citizen in that situation, and it would be a "citizen's arrest." It happened to my sister -- she decided to pass someone on the shoulder when she wasn't able to pass on the traffic side. The nice elderly couple she passed took down her license plate and car info and called the cops. She got a ticket in the mail. The ticket said something about it being a citizen's arrest or "by citizen action" or something. She paid the ticket!
     
  7. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    I think they would have no more authority than any other citizen in that situation, and it would be a "citizen's arrest." It happened to my sister -- she decided to pass someone on the shoulder when she wasn't able to pass on the traffic side. The nice elderly couple she passed took down her license plate and car info and called the cops. She got a ticket in the mail. The ticket said something about it being a citizen's arrest or "by citizen action" or something. She paid the ticket!

    Fuck that!

    I would want proof! Elderly people drive like shit (especially in SoFLA), and if I have to go around them so I can drive like a normal person, than so be it. But, no way I would pay a ticket just because someone said they saw me. I mean, what are they going to use as a defense if I said they were incorrect? The "˜liar, liar pants on fire' defense?

    Jon.
     
  8. Arethusa

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    Exactly. They have no proof and no legal authority. It would have been summarily tossed out of court had she ever taken it there.
     
  9. topcatny

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    Years ago, when I was just out of college and still living at home I used to commute from near Poughkeepsie, NY into Brooklyn everyday. One morning I was running late for the train and I was racing through my neighborhood at 5:45 am. I came over a small hill and saw a police car set up for a radar trap. I knew I was caught, and I was flying. Instead of making him chase me I pulled over right in front of him. He never even had to drive his car to pull me over. I was going 67 in a 25. I went to court and the officer and the judge were thankfully very leniant. They could have suspended my license. They lowered the ticket to 30 in a 25 and I paid my fine and got out of ther as fast as I could, thrilled I got of easy.
     
  10. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    Fuck that!

    I would want proof! Elderly people drive like shit (especially in SoFLA), and if I have to go around them so I can drive like a normal person, than so be it. But, no way I would pay a ticket just because someone said they saw me. I mean, what are they going to use as a defense if I said they were incorrect? The ‘liar, liar pants on fire’ defense?

    Jon.

    LOL. The trier of fact, the judge, weighs the credibility of the witnesses.

    whoopee,
    Harsh man! You make me think twice before speeding.

    topcat,
    You're a considerate guy. You wouldve had a head start!
     
  11. Oddly Familiar

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    Last friday, on St. Patrick's day, I got pulled over not one, but twice with 2 ounces of weed in my trunk. BY THE SAME COP. The first time was at 11:30 at night, I was going 50 in a 40, and he gave me a warning for speeding. Later that night he stopped me again at about 1. I was toasted. Luckily I wasn't driving, and the only reason he pulled us over was because he recognized the car from earlier and it was past curfew. I got a curfew ticket and nothing more.
     
  12. Steve B.

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    97 in a 55.

    Racing a stranger with my old Camaro when I had it built for high end (350)before dropping in the 427...

    Of course in court we denied we were racing et al. Fine was more than bail; I should have skipped.
     
  13. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Passed a cop (who was already speeding) after I'd been declared legally missing.
     
  14. Aaron

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    Passed a cop (who was already speeding) after I'd been declared legally missing.
    Alright, you really need to tell the whole story here. A.
     
  15. Steve B.

    Steve B. Senior member

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    Gotta hear this story...
     
  16. topcatny

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    topcat,
    You're a considerate guy. You wouldve had a head start!


    LOL. I would have been half way to the train station that's for sure! I figured my best chance for leniancy was to admit I was wrong as quickly as possible. Turns out I was right. The cop helped reduce my ticket because I was so "helpful"

    Funny thing that ticket was over 10 years ago and I remember exactly what that cop looked like.
     
  17. Saucemaster

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    This didn't happen to me, but to my boss. He told me the story just a couple weeks ago, when we were discussing those moments when you *know* that you're going to get in trouble for saying something, but once you think of it you're too amused by your own wit to refrain.

    So he was roaring through Georgia, in a rented little sports car with New Jersey plates, with a friend of his on their way to Atlanta. They're passing through some rural hamlet whose name he's since forgotten, and he hears sirens behind him. He pulls over, and the cop that approaches his car, to hear him tell it, looks exactly like his Yankee stereotypes prep him to expect. Overweight, chewing either gum or tobacco, both his thumbs hooked in his belt, and walking very slowly. Once he reaches the car, after glancing at the plates, he drawls, "Boy, don't you know no one speeds through Georgia?"

    This is where my boss says he saw his life flash before his eyes, but he simply could not help himself. He looked the officer straight in the eyes and said, "Well, Sherman sure did."

    Fortunately, he got away with nothing more than a ticket.
     
  18. visionology

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    I was coming home from work early, actually to go get jeans hemmed at a tailor before they closed. I was on this highway extension about 5 minutes from my house that I normally travel on. This extension turns into a turnpike which has more lights and which you typically slow your speed down to around 60-65. The extension I am not sure if it has a posted limit of 65 or 55 but the highway before it is 65.

    Anyways I am going my usual 75 or so, keeping with traffic. There is a slow car on the left and he pulls to the right and I speed up to pass him to get in the right lane. We pass by a bridge and bam the cop is right after the bridge hidden. I couldn't tell how fast I was going, didn't seem fast, but fast relative to the slow cars. The cop didn't move at first. Coming up a few thousand feet away is the turnpike where I do a legal U-Turn to go home.

    I then see the cop pull out from the bridge in my rearview mirror. He doesn't have his lights on so I continue. Then he zooms up super fast, had to be around 110+ mph to catch me that fast and he puts his lights on while literally a couple feet from my bumper and while swerving. I was going to pull to the right lane but this exact spot is notorious for fatalities while people are pulled over so I go to the left lane to pull into a parking lot where I know it is safe. When I take the turn he proceeds to box me in while another cop car comes from the other lane and boxes my other side as we pull to the parking lot. He screams for me to get out of the car and proceed to do the hands on the car, illegal weapons, drug search, etc etc. He was a young guy, pretty rude the whole time and I think my calmness he saw as an act of arrogance because he kept saying "what is your attitude". I don't know if he expected me to be yelling at him or whatnot. Anyways I think it was obvious I wasn't a criminal with my overcoat, briefcase, overall appearance, etc. I calmly explained to him that this spot was safer and empty and the other spot was dangerous, and the second cop also mentioned the numerous fatalities there. He let me off with improper lane change and evading instead of speeding which was 77mph he said. Ended up $170 instead of $350, regardless he got his quota and the city got my money.

    I understand that you should always pull to the right, (my father is a cop), but I used a judgement call in this situation which I thought was safer and still feel that I did the right thing. As for the speeding thing, I personally think it was silly, I actually think speeding tickets in general are silly up to a point. I can understand speeding in a certain situation like school zones, city streets, but on highways when the flow of traffic is regularly 80+ I think it is just laughable.
     
  19. aybojs

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    Here's a pair of stories from last year:

    #1: I'm driving out to get some food; for whatever reason I decided to bring my dog along. It's a rainy day and I'm approaching a suburban stop light intersection. The light's yellow, so I speed up a little and barely make it. Of course the minute I get through I see a cop car with lights on come out of nowhere (or at least so it seemed since the rain was so heavy). The officer pulled me over, says I ran a red light, and writes me a ticket, while the whole time my dog is going crazy and barking and growling, with me having to keep wrestling it away from my window. To his credit, the cop was calm and ignored the dog, but the ticket was kinda BS since it was a yellow light judgement call, and nothing close to a blatant run. I signed up for traffic school since it was my first ticket, and I figure it was over with.

    #2: Two weeks later I'm driving about a half hour out of town to check out the Last Call at the local outlet mall, which is in its own little suburban city. The usual freeway exit is closed, so I have to go to the next exit and do some roundabout on a rural highway I've never been to get back on track. All the cars are doing about 50, and there's no speed limit, so I stay at the same pace. Suddenly, a cop comes up behind me, pulls me over, and tells me I was going ~55 in a 30. I told him I wasn't from that part of town and didn't see any speed limit signs, and as he goes back to his car to write the info down, I start panicking like hell to myself since the proximity of incidents could compound any fees/insurance BS, but when the cop comes back he just hands me a warning slip and tells me to be on my way. That certainly made my day.

    Have to say I'm in the middle on some of these cases. I've always thought speeding tickets were silly revenue generators and that the limits should be raised or abolished, but I can't feel too sorry for people who get busted doing 100+ in a standard ~60 mph freeway zone. I mean, I can understand doing that on an empty freeway in the early morning or so, but my observation is that most of the people who habitually go that fast tend to be the assholes who will run up and tailgate normal people going 75-85 with the flow of traffic and proceed to do obnoxious and dangerous swerving and cut-off's to get their way. I hope nobody here is "that guy," because I have to say that's the one time I actually enjoy seeing people get pulled over and fined out the ass.
     
  20. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I have a bunch of cop stories, and I recently got a speeding ticket in a very boring manner, but I'll tell the best one for now.

    Back when I lived with my parents while going to school, I was coming home to Bellevue on a mostly empty I-90 from Seattle at about 1am, driving my stepdad's 1981 280E Euro version, which is pretty nondescript but built for high speed cruising. This jackass in a new Prelude came flying up on me and I got over so he could pass, and then caught up with him, passed him, etc. He was being an idiot about it (not signalling, etc), while I was just driving fast and carefully. So I kind of pushed him to go about 105 or so while we were getting to Mercer Island, where I know there are always State Patrol cars hiding to ticket people. I timed our little race so that he would pass me and feel cool and keep going fast just at the proper moment to get around that curve, and as soon as he passed me I stabbed the brakes down to 65. Sure enough, he wasn't watching me, flew around that corner, and as I approached the corner I could already see blue lights. He must have passed the cop going top speed because he didn't pull it over for another 1/8-1/4 mile from where the cops usually sit.

    I know I'm evil, but once you "win", bring it back to a normal speed. There is no victory lap in a street race. Also, watch what other cars are doing. If you are heading toward a semi-blind corner and you see everyone hitting their brakes where there isn't a jam up ahead, there's a good chance of a cop sitting there. If that guy had been watching me suddenly bring my speed from 100 to 60, and reacted properly, he probably wouldn't have gotten pulled over.
     

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