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(Yahoo)   Do you have a need for speed? Well if you get caught in Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Nevada or New Hampshire, you better have at least $1000 in your wallet. Oh and Vermont sucks   (autos.yahoo.com) divider line 209
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2013-07-23 12:03:19 PM
I've lived in Massachusetts for most of my life

*stopreadingthere.jpeg*

/Probably kept getting ticketed in Vermont by driving like a Masshole
//Probably complained liked one when the cop pulled him over
 
2013-07-23 12:17:56 PM
You won't get pulled over in Illinois unless you're going 15 over unless you're doing something else wrong too.
 
2013-07-23 12:21:55 PM
A number of years back, I was driving from my home in MD to my future FIL's home in ATL, a drive of around 10 hours. Most of the trip I drove at the speed of traffic, around 10mph higher than the posted limit. As I got near to his exit on 285, at about 3AM, I noticed a Panoz pull onto the highway a few exits ahead. Wanted to see it up close before I had to leave the highway, I sped up to 75mph. Just before I caught up to it, I saw flashing lights in my rear view.

I pulled over not a mile from my destination and got a "Call tomorrow and they'll tell you your fine" ticket for going 75 in a 55, on a practically empty, *extremely* well-lit, 10 lane (5 in each direction) divided highway. I called the next day and was told my fine would be $450, $550 if I didn't pay within 14 days. That was 12 years ago; I still haven't paid it. The whole, "Call and we'll tell you the fine" sounded too much like, "Let's fark out-of-towers and minorities (I am not one)". fark Georgia.

By the way, doing 75 in a 55 in MD is a $160 fine. Everyone pays the same, as it's posted right on the back of every ticket.


/Have a friend who is a cop. I had him check a few years back. There are no outstanding warrants for me in GA. :)
 
2013-07-23 12:29:47 PM
sick?
yes it is sick that people speed so much in construction zones, putting everyone at risk.
yes it is sick that people who speed QQ about getting caught and then having to pay fines.

/of course I speed
/but I never get caught since I bought that insanely awesome radar detector.
/and stopped driving like a COMPLETE asshole.
 
2013-07-23 12:38:02 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
"I went through Georgia pretty quickly. I didn't get a ticket."
 
2013-07-23 12:38:07 PM
FTFA:   These five states all hold drivers liable for a fine of up to $1,000 for a first offense. The fine is up to a judge's discretion and can be based on how many miles per hour you're ticketed over the designated speed limit, or if you were caught speeding in a work or a school zone, both of which tend to double a fine.

This guy sounds like he graduated from the No Shiat Sherlock Institute of Lazy Journalism.
 
2013-07-23 12:41:00 PM
Article sucks,  subby sucks more.
 
2013-07-23 12:41:35 PM
listings.zenfs.com

Worth it just for this picture. Also, is he throwing that SuperTroopers shot in there to poke fun or for serious?
 
2013-07-23 12:42:08 PM
But they will never catch The Bandit.
 
2013-07-23 12:42:10 PM
I like how they used a Super Troopers screen shot in their article.

/GIS, gotta watch the sources.
 
2013-07-23 12:43:43 PM
Montana
 
2013-07-23 12:44:16 PM
$1000 isn't an outrageous amount for a ticket if you're going 20-30mph over in a work/school zone. That shiat is dangerous and wherever you're going can wait an extra 5-10 minutes for you to get there.

Also DC gives out so many tickets/relative to the population, because the DC metro area has a population of nearly 6 million as opposed to the 500k number they give. Not to mention no one in the city knows how to use a roundabout.
 
2013-07-23 12:44:19 PM

Kirzania: [listings.zenfs.com image 593x357]

Worth it just for this picture. Also, is he throwing that SuperTroopers shot in there to poke fun or for serious?


Pretty sure that's laziness.

/i mean, it's such a well-written and thoughtful article.
 
2013-07-23 12:45:03 PM
North Carolina really isn't bad for tickets. They're expensive if you get one but you really have to be flying to have the cops pull you over. Speeding ticket money all goes to education so cops don't have any financial motivation to to ticket people for going 5 over the limit. I've never heard of anyone here getting a traffic ticket unless they were actually doing something unsafe.

They're a complete ripoff if you do get one though. Court costs to fight the ticket are often conveniently the same amount of money as just paying the fine.
 
2013-07-23 12:45:17 PM
If you can't tell that this is a police car:

listings.zenfs.com

STOP FARKING DRIVING!
 
2013-07-23 12:45:44 PM

Kirzania: [listings.zenfs.com image 593x357]

Worth it just for this picture. Also, is he throwing that SuperTroopers shot in there to poke fun or for serious?


The movie took place in Vermont.

Also, to the person caught going 75 on I-285, you got caught?  Dude, the 55 MPH sign flaps in the breeze of 7,000 cars passing by it going at least 80.
 
2013-07-23 12:45:51 PM

Carth: $1000 isn't an outrageous amount for a ticket if you're going 20-30mph over in a work/school zone. That shiat is dangerous and wherever you're going can wait an extra 5-10 minutes for you to get there.

Also DC gives out so many tickets/relative to the population, because the DC metro area has a population of nearly 6 million as opposed to the 500k number they give. Not to mention no one in the city knows how to use a roundabout.


That, and people from fifty miles around come in to work in DC. All commuters who've spent at least an hour on the road already.  I'd be in a hurry too.  I do not miss working in the Capitol.
 
2013-07-23 12:46:14 PM
Instead of biatching, just don't speed.
If you can't plan your activities to a degree of accuracy where you need to speed...
 
2013-07-23 12:46:24 PM
Each time I got pulled over for speeding I was the only driver on the freeway.  If has a heavy flow of cars doing 20 over, cops won't do a thing.  If you're the only car on the freeway doing 11 over or more, the cop is going to pull you over.
 
2013-07-23 12:46:27 PM
So how did states get out of the "excessive fines" language in the constitution. Why even have a constitution when states can simply do whatever the fark they want.
 
2013-07-23 12:46:44 PM
I hate it when people whine about getting speeding tickets as if speeding is some sort of infraction nobody ever heard of and the ticket just jumped out of the blue at them.

Yea, the speed limit is stupidly low for no good reason. That doesn't mean you get to just ignore it without consequence, though.
 
2013-07-23 12:47:28 PM
Remember, it's for your $afety.
 
2013-07-23 12:48:54 PM
Georgia cops will give up to 10 over pretty much everywhere, on the ATL interstates that is probably closer to 20...

I haven't heard of 1000 dollar tickets here, I assume that would only get dolled out for jackasses doing 25 over in school zone or something like that...

// worlds tiniest violin
 
2013-07-23 12:52:35 PM

Gecko Gingrich: A number of years back, I was driving from my home in MD to my future FIL's home in ATL, a drive of around 10 hours. Most of the trip I drove at the speed of traffic, around 10mph higher than the posted limit. As I got near to his exit on 285, at about 3AM, I noticed a Panoz pull onto the highway a few exits ahead. Wanted to see it up close before I had to leave the highway, I sped up to 75mph. Just before I caught up to it, I saw flashing lights in my rear view.

I pulled over not a mile from my destination and got a "Call tomorrow and they'll tell you your fine" ticket for going 75 in a 55, on a practically empty, *extremely* well-lit, 10 lane (5 in each direction) divided highway. I called the next day and was told my fine would be $450, $550 if I didn't pay within 14 days. That was 12 years ago; I still haven't paid it. The whole, "Call and we'll tell you the fine" sounded too much like, "Let's fark out-of-towers and minorities (I am not one)". fark Georgia.

By the way, doing 75 in a 55 in MD is a $160 fine. Everyone pays the same, as it's posted right on the back of every ticket.


/Have a friend who is a cop. I had him check a few years back. There are no outstanding warrants for me in GA. :)


You're lucky you didn't get run over only going 75 on 285, or any other ATL highway.
 
2013-07-23 12:52:40 PM
I remember that $15 parking ticket case being on fark. That guy should not have lost the case. States didn't use to charge for the first appeal, now many do.
 
2013-07-23 12:53:03 PM
Mt. Tabor, Vermont sounds like fun.


Get caught speeding?  Better be able to only out run one Camaro.

Sounds like a challenge.
 
2013-07-23 12:53:35 PM

jgilb: Instead of biatching, just don't speed.


Not that it will necessarily help.  I'm not saying I've never sped (although I've never knowingly been 10 over), but I will say that the one-and-only time I've ever gotten a ticket, I was several mph under the posted limit.  And you have absolutely no way to argue that you weren't in a small town with a million-dollar Taj Mahal of a police HQ.
 
2013-07-23 12:53:58 PM
As a person who often drives through downstate IL (not Chicago land), I do not drive more than 5 over.

Broke state is broke, and they are really cracking down for $afety.
 
2013-07-23 12:54:46 PM

jgilb: Instead of biatching, just don't speed.
If you can't plan your activities to a degree of accuracy where you need to speed...


Heh, I planned out an entire CD playlist based on rate of travel and exact .2-mile marker to pop the CD in, even factoring in little things like construction.  It worked.  Twice.

Speaking of work zones, you haven't lived until some New Jersey asshole in an expensive car is trying to pass you and the entire line of vehicles in front of you on either the shoulder or the closed lane.  I've had that happen twice on I-80.  I'll put it like this:  I didn't think I could drive that close to a traffic cone without hitting it to keep one back, nor that I had to.

/BTW, here's the rules for driving in metro Atlanta
 
2013-07-23 12:55:24 PM
Have had tickets in a lot of states, I was usually speeding when I got them.

virgina was my favorite  "you can pay that fine right here boy $100."

Paid and moved on no points on the license
 
2013-07-23 12:55:43 PM

Click Click D'oh: If you can't tell that this is a police car:

[listings.zenfs.com image 593x347]

STOP FARKING DRIVING!


It's amazing how many people miss the BIG.RED.BUBBLE. on top of the car and get pulled over.

media.mlive.com
 
2013-07-23 12:56:20 PM

dforkus: Georgia cops will give up to 10 over pretty much everywhere, on the ATL interstates that is probably closer to 20...

I haven't heard of 1000 dollar tickets here, I assume that would only get dolled out for jackasses doing 25 over in school zone or something like that...

// worlds tiniest violin


Ga 40-14-8
(a) No county, city, or campus officer shall be allowed to make a case based on the use of any speed detection device, unless the speed of the vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit by more than ten miles per hour and no conviction shall be had thereon unless such speed is more than ten miles per hour above the posted speed limit.

I had fun with that one when I lived in Ga
 
2013-07-23 12:56:33 PM

R.A.Danny: You won't get pulled over in Illinois unless you're going 15 over unless you're doing something else wrong too.


They can get more money from the drug traffic stops than they can get from a speeder. I stay within 10 of the limit right in front of the police cars and have never had an issue. However, I do make full stops at stop signs and use blinkers when necessary, just so I am not giving them too many reasons at the same time.
 
2013-07-23 12:59:48 PM
$1000?  is that how much the Adderall co pay is?
 
2013-07-23 01:00:40 PM
as a connoisseur of speeding tickets, the northeast isn't bad, qeorgia was nowhere near that much (except for the extra 'driver responsibility assessment' or whatever it is called there that gets tacked on)

virginia is the worst i found
 
2013-07-23 01:00:48 PM

bluorangefyre: Also, to the person caught going 75 on I-285, you got caught? Dude, the 55 MPH sign flaps in the breeze of 7,000 cars passing by it going at least 80.


Tell me about it!

/So pissed.
//On anther trip, I got pulled over doing something like 62 in a 55 (out of state tags, man) and the GA State Trooper actually told me, "You ain't gonna get there no faster by speeding, son." He must have failed physics.
 
2013-07-23 01:01:33 PM
You have to be screaming down the road to get a $1,000 ticket.  It's a hell of a lot more than a moment of inattention if you blow through a work area.  They're seriously well posted.

As a lifelong NH resident, let my also offer a hearty laugh at the Mass idiots, and remind them to get out of the left lane.  I can do 80 without getting pulled over, you have to keep it at 75.  Suck it.
 
2013-07-23 01:01:55 PM

ChaosStar: dforkus: Georgia cops will give up to 10 over pretty much everywhere, on the ATL interstates that is probably closer to 20...

I haven't heard of 1000 dollar tickets here, I assume that would only get dolled out for jackasses doing 25 over in school zone or something like that...

// worlds tiniest violin

Ga 40-14-8
(a) No county, city, or campus officer shall be allowed to make a case based on the use of any speed detection device, unless the speed of the vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit by more than ten miles per hour and no conviction shall be had thereon unless such speed is more than ten miles per hour above the posted speed limit.

I had fun with that one when I lived in Ga


Based on the tickets I've received, they're adhering to that 10 mph.

/N. Fulton area
 
2013-07-23 01:02:31 PM
I remember when I lived in Somerset County, MD, over twenty years ago that they were pulling people over for going ONE (1) MPH over the speed limit.
 
2013-07-23 01:03:51 PM

Click Click D'oh: If you can't tell that this is a police car:

[listings.zenfs.com image 593x347]

STOP FARKING DRIVING!


No kidding.  I've seen plenty of police cars that are much less obvious - labels on the side don't mean much in my rear view mirror, and the lightbar is a dead giveaway.  I've seen far, far lower profile, including some that are actually inside the car - they shine out the windshield.  Even the pushbar isn't a good indicator up here; plenty of cars have something similar due to wildlife(can reduce an animal strike from 'vehicle totaled' to '$500 of paintwork when I get around to it').

MayoSlather: So how did states get out of the "excessive fines" language in the constitution. Why even have a constitution when states can simply do whatever the fark they want.


The prohibition is 'cruel and unusual'.  IE if they give the fine to everyone for that offense it's not unusual, and since they're not tossing you in jail or hitting you or anything it's not 'cruel'.

dforkus: I haven't heard of 1000 dollar tickets here, I assume that would only get dolled out for jackasses doing 25 over in school zone or something like that...


I've heard of jackasses getting fines of more than what the bike they got it on is worth.  speeding 50+ over the speed limit in a construction zone(x2) tends to do that.  Of course, at that point it was actually criminal, leading to arrest and charges, not just civil penalties.
 
2013-07-23 01:04:42 PM
Have never received a speeding ticket in IL, given that the highways are always backed up for miles due to construction.
 
2013-07-23 01:05:01 PM
I've driven for over 30 years on much of the east and gulf coasts. From NJ down to FL and from FL over to MS and have yet to get ANY ticket. Not for speeding. Not for parking. Not for 'just because'. Speeding tickets, like the lottery, are a tax on stupid.

/your driving sucks and your talking on your cell phone just makes it suck even more
//moving violations should result in loss of license, not just a fine
///insert ibettheyhaveSCMODS.jpg here
 
2013-07-23 01:05:12 PM
I do about 80 mph every day on I-88 in Illinois. Every day, for years. No worries.

But the shiatty little town where my office is... they've fined me 4 times in the past 3 years for right-hand turns on red without coming to a complete stop for more than 1 full second. The sort of "offense" that an actual cop wouldn't even notice, much less care about... but cameras have no sense for the 'spirit of the law'. (True Fact:  it's the same town Al Capone is buried in.)
 
2013-07-23 01:07:22 PM

Gecko Gingrich


//On anther trip, I got pulled over doing something like 62 in a 55 (out of state tags, man) and the GA State Trooper actually told me, "You ain't gonna get there no faster by speeding, son." He must have failed physics.


Not necessarily*.

When he pulled you over, you became stationary. The whole time you were stationary your average speed (total distance/time) was dropping. It's entirely possible - even likely - that driving 55mph the whole way would have gotten you there sooner than (traveling 62mph + time stopped) did.


* Who are we kidding? Of course he failed, he's a cop.
 
2013-07-23 01:07:43 PM
It's been a while since I last got a speeding ticket in Nevada (2001), but it was $120 for a first offense. Seems unlikely it would have jumped as high as the article claims. I hear construction zone speeding tickets can get into the $500 range though.
 
2013-07-23 01:08:11 PM

Mr_Fabulous: I do about 80 mph every day on I-88 in Illinois. Every day, for years. No worries.

But the shiatty little town where my office is... they've fined me 4 times in the past 3 years for right-hand turns on red without coming to a complete stop for more than 1 full second. The sort of "offense" that an actual cop wouldn't even notice, much less care about... but cameras have no sense for the 'spirit of the law'. (True Fact:  it's the same town Al Capone is buried in.)


Being pissed at the first red light ticket I can understand. Getting another three is hilarious.
 
2013-07-23 01:08:17 PM
The Cycle Of Suck
By Fark_Guy_Rob

Start off with an honorable goal - like keeping the roads safe.
Then you give people power to enforce those laws (traffic cops).
Then you have to pay those people (taxes).
Then you say, 'Hey - let the criminals pay!' (fines).
Then the people with the power (city workers and traffic cops) benefiting from collecting fines.

And now you've got all these people who *in theory* exist to keep the roads safe, but *in practice* exist to generate revenue.

And from this you end up with official (or unofficial) ticket quota systems.  Overzealous enforcement (I'm parked 2" behind the white line - but I got a ticket?!?!).  Ridiculous fines and appeal processes (pay $300 now, or go to court and pay $500), dangerous/criminal acts designed to 'catch' unsuspecting motorists - like artificially lowering a speed limit on a stretch of highway so that the flow of traffic routinely exceeds it, shortening of yellow lights, adding red-light cameras....all things that have been shown time and time again to make the roads *unsafe* - but are great ways of generating revenue.

Nobody involved in making the laws, or enforcing them, should benefit financially.  It's a clear conflict of interest and it leads to all sorts of serious problems.
 
2013-07-23 01:08:58 PM
my very first speeding ticket I ever received was in North Carolina. I had a $1500 fine, 100 hours of community service and I lost my license for a year.

So I guess that means their fines went down in the past 20 years.
 
2013-07-23 01:10:20 PM

Click Click D'oh: If you can't tell that this is a police car:

[listings.zenfs.com image 593x347]

STOP FARKING DRIVING!


In Georgia (and probably everywhere else) they set speed traps just around corners and just past the crest of hills.

Gecko Gingrich: //On anther trip, I got pulled over doing something like 62 in a 55 (out of state tags, man) and the GA State Trooper actually told me, "You ain't gonna get there no faster by speeding, son." He must have failed physics.


Actually, he's right or at least has a point.  The amount of time saved by speeding is usually less than a couple of minutes.  Especially with how poorly synchronized Georgia's traffic lights are.
 
2013-07-23 01:10:35 PM
I just uaually keep up with traffic, but if I am the only one on the road I will go the speed limit. Whenever I visit my folks in Delaware I go the speed limit especially in the small towns. They want cash on the spot for those tickets.
 
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