Your best speeding ticket story?

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  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

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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

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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.
     


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    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.
     


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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

    kabert 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.


    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!
     


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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.
     


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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

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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.

    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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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

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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. Go Spurs Go

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    Gotta hear this story...
     


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