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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.
 
2013-07-23 01:10:42 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.)


If only there were SOME way to actually learn from the first 1-3 times you got a ticket.

And yah, you are not going to get a ticket doing 80 with normal traffic.
80 weaving in and out, 80 on a dead day, you are screwed.

If only the counties started putting in automatic cameras on the highway.
/no wait, that would TOTALLY SUCK!!!!
 
2013-07-23 01:12:44 PM

cannotsuggestaname: 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.


wow
so nice of you to give the useless details.
how fast were you going?
what was the posted speed?
was it a construction zone?

can we just assume that you are a tool and left out the details which would make it clear that you are a tool?
 
2013-07-23 01:13:56 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.)


All I get out of that story is that you are a very, very slow learner.

/ either that or the tickets for the turns are just really small so you don't care
 
2013-07-23 01:14:05 PM

Firethorn: 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'.


I'm aware, but excessive fines are mentioned in the eighth, but somehow are not applicable to states. Why? Stating something that is unreasonable for the federal government to do, but is OK for a state seems like ridiculous logic.
 
2013-07-23 01:15:13 PM
This is why I'm so happy I moved to DFW.

Everyone does 15 over in Texas--everyone; not a single fark was given by Johnny Law.
 
2013-07-23 01:15:56 PM
Every time I have been cited for speeding in Nevada the cop has always lowered the penalty somehow. When I was going 19 in a school zone (15), he removed the school zone penalty so it wouldn't double the fine and I would only have to pay the fine for 4 miles per hour.
 
2013-07-23 01:18:51 PM
Another Illinoisian here.

I'm perfectly ok with outrageous fines for work zones, school zones, texting/speeding, hell texting and driving at all.  And FARK the writer of that whiny piece of crap for the "a few seconds of inattention" line.  A few seconds of inattention is all it takes to cut down a kid, a worker, run off the road and kill yourself.

Downstate right now they are cruising with unmarked Suburbans and Tahoes, using a liter up on a JLG in a work zone to call you in.

I don't speed anymore.  I used to speed a lot when I had an hour's drive to work on way, and was very lucky (no tickets for speeding ever in 35 years of driving).  Decided that the 10 minutes I may gain wasn't worth my $$ and sitting on the side of the road for 30 mins when I got pulled over.
 
2013-07-23 01:19:57 PM

Alunan: Every time I have been cited for speeding in Nevada the cop has always lowered the penalty somehow. When I was going 19 in a school zone (15), he removed the school zone penalty so it wouldn't double the fine and I would only have to pay the fine for 4 miles per hour.


You sound well endowed
 
2013-07-23 01:24:01 PM
VT only sicks if you have NY plates. The rest of us do just fine
 
2013-07-23 01:27:36 PM
Heh I still have the ticket I received in MA for speeding back around 1995. 102 in a 55 and the cop said he was being lenient because I was actually doing 115, and he said anything above 102 he would have to arrest me. Ticket came out to $420.
 
2013-07-23 01:27:57 PM
what about NT

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2013-07-23 01:28:10 PM
one of the beautiful things about living in PA is that local police are prohibited from using radar to catch speeders - only the State Police can legally use it.

/now let us buy liquor and beer in grocery stores and i'll be happy
 
2013-07-23 01:28:26 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 actually got a ticket for driving too slow. 75 is the speed for the far right lane on 285
 
2013-07-23 01:28:37 PM
few years ago I was going maybe 80mph on I65 south of Indianapolis.
middle of the day, sparse traffic
come over a hill and find "several" cars up ahead pulled off to the left with about 3 squad cars flashing.
couple of cops STANDING in the left lane.
I'm in the middle lane.
One of them walks into the middle lane, apparently points at me and gestures to me to join the other cars off to the left.
First thing I do is pull to the right lane and pass everyone up so I don't hit the cop.  wtf?

No one came after me, no clue what the hell that was about.

/GA Trooper friend tells me I should have pulled over
//also says keep it "under 11 over" in GA and I'll be fine
 
2013-07-23 01:28:50 PM
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/oblig
 
2013-07-23 01:29:06 PM

cannotsuggestaname: 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.


Holy shiat. Did you speed over an infant?

I've had 3 NC tickets and had none of that.
 
2013-07-23 01:29:32 PM
Ah good old Teddy. Island Pond finally got tired of him and booted him out. God he was an a-hole. You could get a ticket for going 36 in a 35.

He spent a lot of time just sitting across the street from Simon the Tanner. Lurking like a big toad.
 
2013-07-23 01:29:40 PM

Glitchwerks: 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.


Over that 700 mile trip, the difference in travel time between averaging 55 and averaging 60 is just over an hour.
 
2013-07-23 01:29:49 PM
As someone who just drove from Florida to Connecticut last week, I'm getting a kick pout of these replies.

If you stay between 7 and 10 miles over the speed limit you'll be fine.

In North Carolina I was paced by a cop while I was 8 miles over the speed limit. He ran my plates, which were Jersey plates, have me a chin jut and went on to the next person.
 
2013-07-23 01:30:34 PM
I just got a speeding ticket so I'm getting a kick out of these .... etc etc etc ...

I just got a ticket in my brand new car (less than 200 miles on it) driving through CT on 95 (65 speed limit). normally this wouldn't piss me off except I had the cruise set at 75, saw the cop and slowed to 70, saw him pull out behind me and slowed to 65, and he still pulled me over, claimed his radar got me at 83 and I was still doing 75 when he hit his lights. I immediately took the car back to the dealer, who found absolutely nothing wrong with the speedometer or the cruise control.

My car has NY plates so in my opinion this was an easy ticket for the cop who knew I wasn't going to spend money taking time off work and driving back to CT to fight it.

The last time I had a ticket was in 84 when I was (admittedly) speeding home after hurricane Gloria and I was the only car on i495, other than the cop who obviously felt it was more important to hang out on the side of the expressway than maybe help people out after a hurricane.

So regardless of where the money goes ... I saw no mention of monthly quotas - is that a myth?
 
2013-07-23 01:31:52 PM
And people laugh about living in Flint, MI.  I roll around with a suspended license because I know the cops have better things to do, like homicide and assault investigations, etc.  I haven't been pulled over in over 15 years and I roll around like I'm Hunter S Thompson.
 
2013-07-23 01:31:58 PM
I am in Las Vegas. The last time I got pulled over, I was doing 54 in a 35, so I completely deserved it. The cop cited me for 5 over, and the ticket ended up being $145. My insurance didn't even go up.
 
2013-07-23 01:32:25 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: North Carolina really isn't bad for tickets.


NC just sucks in general.  Anyone who lives their whole life and never sets foot (or drives through) NC is better off.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-23 01:32:27 PM
North Carolina's system is designed to force plea bargains. 80 mph is a misdemeanor with a big fine and license suspension. If you fight. Take the standard plea to "defective speedometer" and you can keep driving as long as you like. They recently changed the law so you can't take that plea if you're going way over the limit, so consider the North Carolina speed limit to be 95 or so with a random tax for driving between 80 and 95.

At least Virginia got rid of the multi-thousand dollar speeding tickets. Voters decided that was too greedy.
 
2013-07-23 01:33:03 PM

Gecko Gingrich: 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.


In WA, that's considered "reckless driving" and a gross demeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5000 (five grand) fine.

I found this out on a trip to Seattle.  I always run 10 over the limit and didn't notice the limit had dropped to 50.  I got caught and let off with a warning, which was incredibly awesome of the cop.
 
2013-07-23 01:37:33 PM

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


Yep, in Ohio (at least in the hilly parts) they do this too. I want to say that they have to be visible at so many yards, but I have no evidence to back up that statement.  I do know that I have never seen an Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) at night sitting on the side of the interstate or in the median without his lights on.

Firethorn: I've seen far, far lower profile, including some that are actually inside the car - they shine out the windshield.


Yeah, the new OSHP cars have one that can easily be mistaken for a bike rack, plus it is all blue.

farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2013-07-23 01:38:00 PM

Mr_Fabulous: 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.


Seems to be a common attitude among internet drivers that they can blow through a red light as long as they're turning right, or on a bicycle. Which is completely wrong. You have to stop first, turn or no turn, car or bicycle.
 
2013-07-23 01:38:05 PM
I dunno about VT, but here in NC there are crap-tons of unmarked cars, and new models every year (or so it seems).

That said, at least it isn't VA, where you get extra cavity search action for owning a radar detector.
 
2013-07-23 01:38:32 PM
The $1000 fine and 1 year in jail is TECHNICALLY true in Georgia, but not really.

All traffic offenses in Georgia are misdemeanors, and all misdemeanors carry the same MAXIMUM penalty of $1000 fine and 1 year in jail.  The actual fine is rarely anywhere near that amount, but they can use the maximum amount to scare you if want to contest the charge.  If you ask for a trial, you stand a chance of winning and paying nothing, but also losing and being hit with up to the maximum.
 
2013-07-23 01:39:38 PM

nytmare: Seems to be a common attitude among internet drivers that they can blow through a red light as long as they're turning right, or on a bicycle. Which is completely wrong. You have to stop first, turn or no turn, car or bicycle.


It would appear that Mr_Fabulous is saying that he stopped, just not for long enough to satisfy the local constabulary.
 
2013-07-23 01:43:19 PM
To all those saying "just don't speed", it's not that simple. One thing North American road engineers haven't yet grasped (or have decided to conveniently ignore for the sake of $afety) is that every roadway has a natural momentum that should appropriately dictate the speed.

Driving in most of Europe is functional and stress-less because of this fact. A road that "feels" like an 80 usually has a speed limit of 80, and not 60 so that some bag of dicks can sit there and catch you with his speed gun to justify his paycheck.

This isn't a matter of speed or safety. It's a matter of corrupt politics and the exploitation of our road systems for the sake of revenue. Idiot teenagers and reckless morons aside, most of us are just regular individuals attempting to use the roads as they were meant to be driven.

Those who follow the laws without questions are the most dangerous drivers AND individuals to society, not those who break the laws when they hold no real-world validity.
 
2013-07-23 01:43:43 PM

namatad: cannotsuggestaname: 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.

wow
so nice of you to give the useless details.
how fast were you going?
what was the posted speed?
was it a construction zone?

can we just assume that you are a tool and left out the details which would make it clear that you are a tool?


you must be new here... I have shared this story more than a couple of times. As for leaving out details to make it clear I was a tool, well what do you think would bring about that type of fine for a first offense? FWIW this was well before there was ever a concept of a "construction zone" that had higher fines.

Here is a run down, and I own up to being an idiot.

17 years old with too fast of a car
First reading was 108 mph in a 55 mph zone
Second reading was 134 mph in a 55 mph zone
careless and reckless
endangering (no one was on the road besides me and the cops)
failure to yield
eluding (I had to make it fun for them)

All of that adds up to 10 points, a big fine and a lost license. There are a lot of other details, but they aren't really pertinent to this conversation. I was just pointing out that I got a ticket 20+ years ago for a first offense that was higher than what this guy was complaining about :)


/the whole story is rather funny (honestly, and not in a CSB way)
//yes I was dumb and lucky that I didn't hurt myself or anyone else
///I don't drive like that any more
 
2013-07-23 01:45:08 PM

nytmare: a common attitude among internet drivers


I never speed when I'm on the information superhighway...
 
2013-07-23 01:46:11 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.


That may be true in the Chicago area, but Downstate its 10 over, or less if you hit the wrong small town.
 
2013-07-23 01:47:32 PM
I've lived in Vermont since 1998. Never gotten a speeding ticket.
 
2013-07-23 01:50:24 PM

Madaynun: 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.

That may be true in the Chicago area, but Downstate its 10 over, or less if you hit the wrong small town.


That's not Illinois, that's Deliverance :)
 
2013-07-23 01:50:43 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: 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.


I was assuming NC was something like that, as the NC drivers here in Va. all seem to be trying to beat Han Solo's best time on the Kessel run.
 
2013-07-23 01:50:58 PM
Worst traffic offense I ever got was one day heading to work.  I gunned it from 0-70 by the time I rounded a corner.  Well when I rounded the corner so was a Georgia State Trooper, who immediately flashed on his lights.  I also had no insurance and my tag was expired.  He let me go with a warning, then hauled ass back to where he was going.

Two things were in my favor:  1)  I worked with his nephew (but didn't know this at the time) and 2)  this same trooper had once dropped off film to be developed, and he was one of the first photo lab customers I'd ever had.  My best conclusion was that I'd done one helluva job on his roll of film!
 
2013-07-23 01:51:34 PM

cannotsuggestaname: First reading was 108 mph in a 55 mph zone
Second reading was 134 mph in a 55 mph zone
careless and reckless
endangering (no one was on the road besides me and the cops)
failure to yield
eluding (I had to make it fun for them)

All of that adds up to 10 points, a big fine and a lost license... I was just pointing out that I got a ticket 20+ years ago for a first offense that was higher than what this guy was complaining about :)


So...you were going almost three times the speed limit, and you led the cops on a high-speed chase, and you are surprised that the fine was higher than most "first-offenses"? Really? Are you aware that the penalties for armed robbery and murder are also stiffer than most traffic offenses?
 
2013-07-23 01:53:47 PM

Darke: 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.


Speed cameras. Speed cameras everywhere.
 
2013-07-23 01:55:07 PM
My rule: Don't be the fastest guy (and I usually keep the cruise about 9mph over the limit on long trips).  Second rule: if you're the only guy, slow down a bit.  Usually 7 over is pretty safe.  10 or more over and you're gambling saved time against the potential fine.
 
2013-07-23 01:55:08 PM

Gecko Gingrich: Over that 700 mile trip, the difference in travel time between averaging 55 and averaging 60 is just over an hour.


Obviously it adds up on a long trip, but I was talking more about daily commutes.
 
2013-07-23 01:58:44 PM

blacksharpiemarker: To all those saying "just don't speed", it's not that simple. One thing North American road engineers haven't yet grasped (or have decided to conveniently ignore for the sake of $afety) is that every roadway has a natural momentum that should appropriately dictate the speed.


Don't blame the engineers.  Common practice is that you collect the speed for the normal flow of traffic, and take the 85th percentile and make that the max speed (in simplified terms).  You then use that as a base and figure out the limit (based on environment, lay of the land, etc...)

It's the lawmakers that have the final say however in most places (like through small towns).
 
2013-07-23 01:59:05 PM
I've been driving in Vermont with Mass plates for more than 15 years, and I've never gotten a ticket. I'm unreasonably pleased about this and proud that I know every cop turnout spot along I-89 in the state.
 
2013-07-23 01:59:47 PM

Aar1012: 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


Most definitely!  We don't put up with Masshole's very well.  We yell at them A LOT!
If you're nice enough to us we'll tell you where to slow down so you don't a ticket.

We know all the hiding spots.
 
2013-07-23 01:59:59 PM

cannotsuggestaname: Second reading was 134 mph in a 55 mph zone


They should have thrown you in jail and seized your car.
 
2013-07-23 02:01:21 PM
Got pulled in NC a while back. The cop handed me a little print out with no info, and told me they'd mail me the ticket. Nothing came, and after more than a year, I moved and forgot about it.

Sometime several years after, I get pulled over in Maryland because my front plate was loose. He runs my license and comes back asking me to get out of the car. He tells me my license is no longer valid and that I need to call someone to come get me. The cop apparently couldn't tell me why my license was no longer valid (no aspersions on him as I'm not sure he even had access to the info).

As it turns out, NC had issued me a ticket, and a 'must appear' date in court, to which I obviously didn't show up. They apparently also put out a warrant for me. Several fines, and many court dates later, things finally got sorted out and I got my license back. Total load of bs. I got screwed because the cop didn't write me a legit ticket in the first place.
 
2013-07-23 02:05:39 PM
FTFA:  "Granted, speeding in a work zone is bad for everyone concerned, but a few moments of inattention resulting in a $1,000 fine? "

I've noticed cones and barricades going up weeks before any work actually starts and a co-worker got slapped with a doubled fine for speeding in a work zone where there wasn't a worker anywhere in sight.  I think the County has found a new source of revenue.
 
2013-07-23 02:06:37 PM
Glad I just received a warning when I was pulled over in New Hampshire last week./it was an odd traffic stop for all involved, though
 
2013-07-23 02:11:42 PM

cannotsuggestaname: namatad: cannotsuggestaname: 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.

wow
so nice of you to give the useless details.
how fast were you going?
what was the posted speed?
was it a construction zone?

can we just assume that you are a tool and left out the details which would make it clear that you are a tool?

you must be new here... I have shared this story more than a couple of times. As for leaving out details to make it clear I was a tool, well what do you think would bring about that type of fine for a first offense? FWIW this was well before there was ever a concept of a "construction zone" that had higher fines.

Here is a run down, and I own up to being an idiot.

17 years old with too fast of a car
First reading was 108 mph in a 55 mph zone
Second reading was 134 mph in a 55 mph zone
careless and reckless
endangering (no one was on the road besides me and the cops)
failure to yield
eluding (I had to make it fun for them)

All of that adds up to 10 points, a big fine and a lost license. There are a lot of other details, but they aren't really pertinent to this conversation. I was just pointing out that I got a ticket 20+ years ago for a first offense that was higher than what this guy was complaining about :)


/the whole story is rather funny (honestly, and not in a CSB way)
//yes I was dumb and lucky that I didn't hurt myself or anyone else
///I don't drive like that any more


so pretty much like every dumb teenage male driver on the planet when given a fast car, even a slow car
/been there, done that
/and yah, the punishment that you got totally fit the crimes ...
 
2013-07-23 02:13:32 PM

Alphakronik: Mt. Tabor, Vermont sounds like fun.


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

Sounds like a challenge.


th01.deviantart.net
 
2013-07-23 02:14:25 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


Ah yes, my very favorite law.
 
2013-07-23 02:16:10 PM
I pull over for every speeding ticket I get. I also get every single one dropped.

But guess what asshole? If you make it $1000 to speed, you're gonna earn it when you fire up those lights. Cuz I'm gonna run.

/SCCA License, autocrosser, stage 2 2010 STI...good luck.
 
2013-07-23 02:17:18 PM

Fade2black: I pull over for every speeding ticket I get. I also get every single one dropped.

But guess what asshole? If you make it $1000 to speed, you're gonna earn it when you fire up those lights. Cuz I'm gonna run.

/SCCA License, autocrosser, stage 2 2010 STI...good luck.


Radio is faster than you.

And evasion is a felony in many states, so there's jail time and loss of rights.
 
2013-07-23 02:18:34 PM

FarkedOver: [upload.wikimedia.org image 250x317]
"I went through Georgia pretty quickly. I didn't get a ticket."


You are teh funneh!
 
2013-07-23 02:20:24 PM

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

[listings.zenfs.com image 593x347]

STOP FARKING DRIVING!



However about 65% of CT trooppers dont use the light bar with regularity and use the windsheild / grill moutned lights.

However from my experiance State Troopers in CT are dicks for the sake of being dicks and will often let 10-15 over the speed limit go without batting an eye as long as you arent driving agressively
 
2013-07-23 02:21:20 PM

nytmare: Mr_Fabulous: 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.

Seems to be a common attitude among internet drivers that they can blow through a red light as long as they're turning right, or on a bicycle. Which is completely wrong. You have to stop first, turn or no turn, car or bicycle.


I've had several people honk at me for stopping at a red light.
 
2013-07-23 02:23:07 PM
The worst part about CT's unmarked police vehicles is when they're retired and sold to the public. Everyone reflexively slows down and moves over when they see a silver Crown Vic come up behind them
 
2013-07-23 02:23:20 PM

UtileDysfunktion: I've noticed cones and barricades going up weeks before any work actually starts and a co-worker got slapped with a doubled fine for speeding in a work zone where there wasn't a worker anywhere in sight.  I think the County has found a new source of revenue.


I have noticed states handle this differently.  In MI I saw something like this one time in a construction zone:

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and in West Virginia they have speed limit signs in construction zones that have lights on them and say "55 (or sometimes it is a digital display of another speed) while flashing".  In Ohio I have noticed they take down (at least the area I am in) the "55 MPH" speed limit signs during the weekend and at night.

I can see having a speed limit if workers are present or they are resurfacing the road (making it a little rough), for safety, but any other time is just a cash grab it seems.
 
2013-07-23 02:25:30 PM
Speeding tickets should be based on percentage of income. That way at least the unemployed can have some fun. Until they run out of gas. J/K. Mostly.
 
2013-07-23 02:26:41 PM

Johnson: //also says keep it "under 11 over" in GA and I'll be fine


That works for every law enforcement agency except the Georgia State Patrol.  GSP can get you for anything over the posted limit.  Most do not unless you driving like an asshole and tailgating.
 
2013-07-23 02:27:05 PM

Gecko Gingrich: A number of years back, I was driving from my home in MD ...
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.


The one time I've been pulled over for speeding in Maryland was while driving a rental car with RI tags (I was on a business trip and the factory neglected to send me everything I needed).  Hit for 70.2 in a 55 zone (back when I95 near rt32 was 55.  I think its 70 now, at least 65).  The cop was all proud that his "ultra accurate stopwatch" (laser my a$$) had managed to get that extra .2 that made it 15 over, but boy was he confused by my Maryland license.

To really surprise him, I managed to make it to court (the same day I had to fly to Tulsa) and found myself right on the bubble.  Plenty of people with a deep rap sheet and faster/crazier driving got the book thrown at them, plenty of people ~5mph over got 56mph and court costs (I got 56mph and court costs.  Please let me keep farking).

I highly recommend using the metro if you can use it to get into DC.  Tickets (speeding, parking, lights) aren't worth it), and there was a time when you could get tickets in DC when you car was parked in BWI long term parking (haven't heard it for awhile, I suspect that internets have done a number one it.
 
2013-07-23 02:29:16 PM

cannotsuggestaname: /the whole story is rather funny (honestly, and not in a CSB way)


My only speeding ticket, ever:

I pulled over for a state trooper on my sport bike on the Baltimore beltway a few years ago, and got $1000 in tickets.  I was in a rush and not paying attention.  For most people's comfort level "being in a rush" translates to 10-15 over, but since I was accustomed to running that stretch of highway at about 175 at the time, "not paying attention" meant I was doing about 100mph.

Cop didn't show for my court date.  "Not guilty, have a nice day."
That's when I learned to always either go the speed limit, or keep it above 130mph so the cops can't catch you.
 
2013-07-23 02:32:43 PM
Massachusetts is $50 for first 10mph.  Then $10 for every extra mile per hour over that.  Plus $25 (maybe more now?) mandatory donation to brain damage institute.  I think that can get pretty high for a "first offense," as well.
 
2013-07-23 02:33:16 PM

Fade2black: I pull over for every speeding ticket I get. I also get every single one dropped.

But guess what asshole? If you make it $1000 to speed, you're gonna earn it when you fire up those lights. Cuz I'm gonna run.

/SCCA License, autocrosser, stage 2 2010 STI...good luck.


Can you out speed a radio? Most states just radio ahead or mail a ticket to the registered address.
 
2013-07-23 02:36:02 PM

Lawnchair: 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.


Yep only ticket I have ever gotten was a small speed trap town I pulled out of a fast food driveway less then 50 yards from the place the cop was hiding and got a ticket for going 55 in a 30 zone I went to court showed the time stamp on the recept from the burger place and tried to explane that a f1 car can't do 0 to 55 in 50 yards and no way in hell my Hyundai could but the judge sided with the cop
 
2013-07-23 02:37:18 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.


And don't speed in a construction zone. They will crawl up in your wallet and drain it.
 
2013-07-23 02:38:05 PM
In Illinois, you are about 10X more likely to get pulled over heading south on I-55 than north on I-55.

//Drugs go north.
///Cash goes south.
 
2013-07-23 02:39:35 PM

ongbok: 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.

And don't speed in a construction zone. They will crawl up in your wallet and drain it.


This is true.
 
2013-07-23 02:41:29 PM
 
2013-07-23 02:42:54 PM

Fade2black: I pull over for every speeding ticket I get. I also get every single one dropped.

But guess what asshole? If you make it $1000 to speed, you're gonna earn it when you fire up those lights. Cuz I'm gonna run.

/SCCA License, autocrosser, stage 2 2010 STI...good luck.


On a bike, sure.  But in a car?  You've got bigger cojones than me.
 
2013-07-23 02:44:02 PM

Fade2black: /SCCA License, autocrosser, stage 2 2010 STI...good luck.


Good luck to you as well for outrunning the radio.
 
2013-07-23 02:44:42 PM

Fade2black: I pull over for every speeding ticket I get. I also get every single one dropped.

But guess what asshole? If you make it $1000 to speed, you're gonna earn it when you fire up those lights. Cuz I'm gonna run.

/SCCA License, autocrosser, stage 2 2010 STI...good luck.


how wonderful.  now put your penis away and wipe your hands
 
2013-07-23 02:44:45 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: cannotsuggestaname: First reading was 108 mph in a 55 mph zone
Second reading was 134 mph in a 55 mph zone
careless and reckless
endangering (no one was on the road besides me and the cops)
failure to yield
eluding (I had to make it fun for them)

All of that adds up to 10 points, a big fine and a lost license... I was just pointing out that I got a ticket 20+ years ago for a first offense that was higher than what this guy was complaining about :)

So...you were going almost three times the speed limit, and you led the cops on a high-speed chase, and you are surprised that the fine was higher than most "first-offenses"? Really? Are you aware that the penalties for armed robbery and murder are also stiffer than most traffic offenses?


did I say I was surprised?
 
2013-07-23 02:46:06 PM

Carth: Can you out speed a radio?


Yes, you CAN "outrun a radio".  But you're right... if they get your plate number, you're screwed.
 
2013-07-23 02:51:16 PM
I haven't had a speeding ticket in twenty years or more, and I do speed through Atlanta regularly, but not as fast as many. I also know the roads or areas where the speed limit drops and drive appropriately through those areas, as they are nothing but radar traps - I'm talking about you I-20.
Driving is a large part of my job and I spend many hours a day on the streets. They have passed "super speeder" laws recently which will hit you with an automatic extra $250 - 350 fine on top of the normal fine, kicking your ticket up to $1,000 in many circumstances. The aforementioned I-20 is the perfect trap for these kinds of tickets as the speed limit goes from 70 - 50 MPH quite frequently and with no seeming sense. It's standard to drive here at 10+ miles over and EVERYONE does it, so you get hit with 75 in a 50 and it pays the govt bills.
What I have noticed (and recently fell victim to) is that now the Ga State Patrol is being used on standard roadways instead of the interstates in huge numbers, which is not the use stated in their charter and has never been done previously. They aren't nailing speeders, they're writing seatbelt use citations. Until the last year, I had never seen State Patrol on anything other than a highway (per their charter), now I see them on the regular roadways daily, multiple times a day.

/budget isn't gonna raise itself
 
Ant
2013-07-23 02:51:24 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.


While I never have and never will speed in a work/school zone, speeding, for me, is never really about getting somewhere more quickly.
 
2013-07-23 02:54:15 PM

ongbok: 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.

And don't speed in a construction zone. They will crawl up in your wallet and drain it.


This!

And a side observation, the only time I ever get passed in IL by people with WI plates is in construction zones. It's as if they all have one speed, 63 MPH.  65 zone? WI plates are going 63, raining? still 63, snow? still 63, 45 mph Construction zone? still 63.
 
2013-07-23 02:55:42 PM

Aar1012: 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


No, he's right about too many bored cops.  I lived there for a year and there are more cops than you think for such a rural state.  Vermont has one of the highest concentrations of public employees per capital in the union.  Most of these cops are quite polite and not assholes (never met a bad one in VT) but there are a lot of them and yes they seem to be very very bored.  They aren't stopping crime or anything...mostly generating revenue.  The worst spot is getting into and out of Woodstock where the state highway goes from a 50 Mph limit to 25 in about 1/4 of a mile as you get towards the town center.

Stay away from woodstock.

k thx bye
 
2013-07-23 02:57:02 PM
Even at over 100MPH (in my NC county where my law firm is) you won't likely see a fine higher than $100.  Highway work zone and school zone speeding fines are $250.  Court costs are round about $190.  Don't be surprised if a judge slaps you with some serious community service hours.  The biggest consequence is if DMV takes away your license.  Or auto insurance rate increases.
 
2013-07-23 02:58:45 PM

LarryDan43: ongbok: 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.

And don't speed in a construction zone. They will crawl up in your wallet and drain it.

This!

And a side observation, the only time I ever get passed in IL by people with WI plates is in construction zones. It's as if they all have one speed, 63 MPH.  65 zone? WI plates are going 63, raining? still 63, snow? still 63, 45 mph Construction zone? still 63.


And they look at you like you're NUTS when you pass them.
 
2013-07-23 03:03:03 PM

TheSneakerWhore: This is why I'm so happy I moved to DFW.

Everyone does 15 over in Texas--everyone; not a single fark was given by Johnny Law.


For the most part, you really have to be screwing up or be "other than white" to get pulled over on a texas highway.

I've been ticketed for having out of date registration and one speeding ticket for 10 over in a school zone (first day of school), but i've never been looked at twice on the freeways for speeding.
 
2013-07-23 03:03:30 PM

mark_bert: In Illinois, you are about 10X more likely to get pulled over heading south on I-55 than north on I-55.
//Drugs go north.
///Cash goes south.


Interesting.  I have read that towns with a north/south highway running through have found stopping cars and finding reason for a search highly profitable...  to the point of the littlest one-whore* town having a fleet of the latest, best equipped patrol cars and the staff to keep them rolling.

/yes, I know the expression is "one-horse town"
//one-whore town always made more sense to me
 
2013-07-23 03:05:13 PM
I was driving through West Virginia and they had a sign with a picture of a kid that said: "Please slow down. My Daddy works here". So ridiculous! Everybody knows if your Dad works road construction then you can't write.
 
2013-07-23 03:05:48 PM

Carth: cannotsuggestaname: Second reading was 134 mph in a 55 mph zone

They should have thrown you in jail and seized your car.



the main trooper that pulled me over said that his Sergeant wanted to arrest me, but since I was only 17 and it was my first offense he decided to let me go. At the time NC didn't seize cars unless it was a drug offense.

FWIW after they actually got me to pull over and found that I wasn't drunk, I wasn't high, I wasn't running drugs and I hadn't killed anyone they all got a big laugh out of it. Seriously, I had 10 troopers standing around my car and BS'ing with me about engine stuff.
 
2013-07-23 03:07:36 PM

Glendale: 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.


The article is technically correct (the best kind of correct) in that first-time offense speeding tickets can go as high as $1000, but it's not like the judge can just go "you were only going 5mph over but the fine is $1k anyway."  You have to do something really phenomenally dumb to get up to that $1000 limit, like going more than double the speed limit and/or speeding in a work or school zone.  Either of those will double the base amount of the ticket, atop other fines.

Anyway, no, the price for a speeding ticket has not shot up in Nevada in the past decade, possibly other than some adjustments for inflation.  The reason why $1000 is the limit is so when you get some idiot who was pulled over three times in the same day on the way up to Reno from Vegas, doing 40mph+ over the speed limit every time he was stopped, the judge isn't limited to handing out less total fines than the cost of gas to make the trip.

/Yes, that example was something I really saw
 
2013-07-23 03:09:10 PM
I got a fix it ticket for having insurance but not having the card on me. It expired two days before and I hadn't seen the mail with the new card in it or I would have put it in the car. Anyway the cop gives me the ticket and says I have to go to court to prove I had insurance during the time (some dude turned into my car while I was at a stop sign, and that's why the cops checked).

Long story short I show up to court with my valid insurance card and get $90 in court costs, and charges dismissed. That sounds like a fine to me, but not to the courts. I am still shocked they can get away with that crap.
 
2013-07-23 03:09:25 PM

Gecko Gingrich: That was 12 years ago; I still haven't paid it.


I was curious why your home state didn't suspend your license. It's because Georgia isn't a member of the drivers license compact. I'd be careful with that approach in different states.
 
2013-07-23 03:09:51 PM

cannotsuggestaname: Carth: cannotsuggestaname: Second reading was 134 mph in a 55 mph zone

They should have thrown you in jail and seized your car.


the main trooper that pulled me over said that his Sergeant wanted to arrest me, but since I was only 17 and it was my first offense he decided to let me go. At the time NC didn't seize cars unless it was a drug offense.

FWIW after they actually got me to pull over and found that I wasn't drunk, I wasn't high, I wasn't running drugs and I hadn't killed anyone they all got a big laugh out of it. Seriously, I had 10 troopers standing around my car and BS'ing with me about engine stuff.


Was it a long time ago? I just moved back to the states from Ontario where anything over 93mph is considered street racing and the fine for the first offense is 1000-10,000 dollars and a 2 year suspension.
 
2013-07-23 03:15:43 PM

UtileDysfunktion: mark_bert: In Illinois, you are about 10X more likely to get pulled over heading south on I-55 than north on I-55.
//Drugs go north.
///Cash goes south.

Interesting.  I have read that towns with a north/south highway running through have found stopping cars and finding reason for a search highly profitable...  to the point of the littlest one-whore* town having a fleet of the latest, best equipped patrol cars and the staff to keep them rolling.

/yes, I know the expression is "one-horse town"
//one-whore town always made more sense to me


It's almost impossible to have a one whore town, hell that would be like Smurf Village. You know what the men do in a one whore town? They have a gay ole time.
 
2013-07-23 03:17:16 PM

spickus: I was curious why your home state didn't suspend your license. It's because Georgia isn't a member of the drivers license compact. I'd be careful with that approach in different states.


Oh, I looked into it before giving GA the finger. GA and MD didn't have reciprocity at the time (they may now).
 
2013-07-23 03:19:02 PM

yukichigai: Anyway, no, the price for a speeding ticket has not shot up in Nevada in the past decade, possibly other than some adjustments for inflation.  The reason why $1000 is the limit is so when you get some idiot who was pulled over three times in the same day on the way up to Reno from Vegas, doing 40mph+ over the speed limit every time he was stopped, the judge isn't limited to handing out less total fines than the cost of gas to make the trip.

/Yes, that example was something I really saw


I would guess though that you could probably break $1k if the tribal police ticket you for speeding through Schurz in addition to tickets outside the reservation.
 
2013-07-23 03:19:16 PM

Carth: Was it a long time ago? I just moved back to the states from Ontario where anything over 93mph is considered street racing and the fine for the first offense is 1000-10,000 dollars and a 2 year suspension.


yeah, it was 25 years ago so things were a bit different.
 
2013-07-23 03:19:27 PM

Z-clipped: Carth: Can you out speed a radio?

Yes, you CAN "outrun a radio".  But you're right... if they get your plate number, you're screwed.


Ever considered one o them spring loaded license plate brackets? 

I've also run from the cops.  Twice.  Once was an ugly 45 minute experience, dodging impromptu roadblocks, and running red lights flat-out with my eyes closed, while convincing myself I've lived a full life already.  There's no way the various sets of cruisers didn't see my plate, but there was never any follow up.
I ditched the bike in a neighbouring town on a quiet residential street, and I slept hidden under a pine tree on the grounds of an apartment complex (because there were still cruisers with their lights on speeding by on the main streets), and walked back to the bike the following day.  The bike was hidden in my backyard for the rest of the year, but no one so much as even knocked on my door.  I've been stopped by the police for unrelated things since then, but no mention of the incident was ever made.  Not sure how I survived that one.
 
2013-07-23 03:21:11 PM

Fade2black: I pull over for every speeding ticket I get. I also get every single one dropped.

But guess what asshole? If you make it $1000 to speed, you're gonna earn it when you fire up those lights. Cuz I'm gonna run.

/SCCA License, autocrosser, stage 2 2010 STI...good luck.


Sounds felony ITG, let's put him in a cell with that big guy that's serving 1 year for theft and 10 in extra time for serial jail rape.
 
2013-07-23 03:21:13 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: 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.


Got a ticket from a state trooper in March for 60 in a 50 in Gaston County. Don't always trust that they'll give you 10 over. Judge reduced it to 5 over, ended with a 15.00 fine and 200.00 in court costs.
 
2013-07-23 03:33:27 PM
I just wish NC would do away with the farking checkpoints, its akin ti fishing with dynamite but it generates A LOT of revenue. Lazy farks
 
2013-07-23 03:34:29 PM

johnphantom: Heh I still have the ticket I received in MA for speeding back around 1995. 102 in a 55 and the cop said he was being lenient because I was actually doing 115, and he said anything above 102 he would have to arrest me. Ticket came out to $420.


Anything above 20mph in Virginia is a class 1 misdemeanor. Mandatory court appearance, possible $1000 fine and 1 year in jail. You know how I know this? Well, I was in court this morning... I lawyered up, and it was reduced to a speeding ticket. Taking into account the lawyer's retainer, driving class, speedometer calibration I had done and the fine and court costs itself it still cost me around the same, but no criminal conviction on my record - and no jail time. Other jurisdictions almost automatically reduce it to a speeding ticket fine if you show up, but Fairfax County is SUPER aggressive about that charge apparently, and they write way more tickets for it than any of the surrounding jurisdictions.

/83 in a 55
//wasn't paying attention to how fast I was going on at the end of 267 before the Greenway and there was little traffic
///now I use cruise control for cool on VA highways
 
2013-07-23 03:37:24 PM

R.A.Danny: LarryDan43: ongbok: 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.

And don't speed in a construction zone. They will crawl up in your wallet and drain it.

This!

And a side observation, the only time I ever get passed in IL by people with WI plates is in construction zones. It's as if they all have one speed, 63 MPH.  65 zone? WI plates are going 63, raining? still 63, snow? still 63, 45 mph Construction zone? still 63.

And they look at you like you're NUTS when you pass them.


Hey, I live in WI and .... dammit, you're not wrong. It isn't always 63, but people will pick a speed and stick with it. Road by my house goes from 45 to 55 to 45 to 35 (55 and 45 in the middle each 3-4 miles long) and I get behind these yahoos all the time that go 40 the entire way.
 
2013-07-23 03:38:49 PM
My wife got pulled over for farking 2 MPH (77 in a 75) over in Texas.  The first thing the cop said was "Why would you commit a crime in front of a police officer?"  Wow.
 
2013-07-23 03:40:07 PM

squidgod2000: Darke: 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.

Speed cameras. Speed cameras everywhere.


I wish I got 1/10th of the money the one on 395  generated. I used to drive by it at night and that thing would go off like a machine gun.
 
2013-07-23 03:40:48 PM

treesloth: My wife got pulled over for farking 2 MPH (77 in a 75) over in Texas.  The first thing the cop said was "Why would you commit a crime in front of a police officer?"  Wow.


That officer was trying to boost his sex life.
 
2013-07-23 03:41:27 PM
The one and only ticket I've ever had was in a little speed trap town in the middle of the Nevada desert called Ely.  63 in a 60. I was planning to stop over for the night: Get a room, a couple of meals, a few drinks, gamble a bit. Spend some desperately needed money in the town. Instead, I paid the ticket and decided to push on through to Vegas. Now do you really think that was the greater economic benefit to the town?
 
2013-07-23 03:44:57 PM

LarryDan43: And a side observation, the only time I ever get passed in IL by people with WI plates is in construction zones. It's as if they all have one speed, 63 MPH.  65 zone? WI plates are going 63, raining? still 63, snow? still 63, 45 mph Construction zone? still 63.


The second part of your description doesn't apply to me, but now you've got me wondering what I do in IL, because I'm one of those folks with a WI plate who drives through IL on occasion (like, a couple of times per year). My  usual rule is 4-5 over, which most of the time puts me faster than some cars and probably most trucks, but in Chicagoland things get complicated because I often feel like traffic will force that higher. I  think that applies even in work zones; I feel like traffic flow is usually well above the limit. Should I be more careful? I'll have to go east in a couple of months...
 
2013-07-23 03:48:17 PM

prickly pete v2: Hey, I live in WI and .... dammit, you're not wrong. It isn't always 63, but people will pick a speed and stick with it. Road by my house goes from 45 to 55 to 45 to 35 (55 and 45 in the middle each 3-4 miles long) and I get behind these yahoos all the time that go 40 the entire way.


My favorite is how, through downtown Madison where there are tons of pedestrians and lights and the speed limit is 25, people will go closer to 35 than 25, but out on the outskirts with a high-quality, limit 40mph, almost no pedestrians, etc. road, lots of people will go under. I'm almost always one of the slowest people going through town but pass lots of people there. I don't understand.
 
2013-07-23 03:49:22 PM

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

[listings.zenfs.com image 593x347]

STOP FARKING DRIVING!


They wont look like that anymore since that traditional model (Crown Victoria) is no longer manufactured.  Going to be a real pain in the arse for anyone who does a lot of cross country driving now that new vehicles are going to be a big mashup from city to city.
 
2013-07-23 03:49:24 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: 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


Virginia has the most unmarked Goddamn cars I have ever seen. No visable lightbars, no set brand of car, no state plates, nothing. You're just cruising down the highway and a purple Dodge Avenger lights you up. On top of that, radar detectors are illegal. That's bullshiat. If you are allowed to hide, I should be able to detect you.

And the State Troopers have boners for speeders. One guy did a sliding e-brake turn (smoking tires and all) in the middle of a for lane (460, near Wakefield. If you drive there, you probably know him) to get me for 11 over.

I will say this though, out the the 6(? not sure of the exact count) times I've been to traffic court, I've either had the charge dropped to a non-moving violation, or dropped entirely. The judges like the military here, and they (generaly) cut you a break. One guy I even went to twice.
Judge: How's your record
Me: Clean. No tickets.
J: What's your excuse
M: Speedo wasn't working. Here's *paper* where I had it calibrated (Did you know if you pull the fuse to the instrument panel before taking it to a calibration shop, it will only read "0"?) and here is where I had it fixed.
J: Okay, I can reduce your speeding charge to improper equipment...Oh...I see you have an improper equipment charge on here from before. What is that?
M: *crap* that was a reduction from a speeding charge, your honor.
J: And who reduced it for you?
M: *double crap* Uh, that would be you sir.
J: *takes off glasses, stares at me* Really?
M: But this time it really was defective equipment
J: .....fine. But I BETTER not see you in here again.
 
2013-07-23 03:51:16 PM

treesloth: My wife got pulled over for farking 2 MPH (77 in a 75) over in Texas.  The first thing the cop said was "Why would you commit a crime in front of a police officer?"  Wow.


That's the one that burns me, when a cop goes into lecture mode while handing you a couple hundred dollar ticket for a nothing offense. I think the ticket is lecture enough, dick.
 
2013-07-23 03:52:41 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. :)


20 over in Cobb County?  That sounds about right.  It would have been a little cheaper in Fulton or City of Atlanta.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-23 03:54:44 PM
I once got email from a guy with a $1500 ticket for 70 over the limit in a work zone, plus whatever else the pissed off cop could think of to fill the empty space on the ticket. I suggested a lawyer might be a good investment.

Before Dukakis speeding tickets in Massachusetts were $50 regardless of speed.
 
2013-07-23 03:55:51 PM

Fade2black: I pull over for every speeding ticket I get. I also get every single one dropped.

But guess what asshole? If you make it $1000 to speed, you're gonna earn it when you fire up those lights. Cuz I'm gonna run.

/SCCA License, autocrosser, stage 2 2010 STI...good luck.


I have wanted an STI for so long, a good 10 years.  I am almost to the point of being able to afford a new one!   I am jealous of you.
 
2013-07-23 03:57:09 PM
Georgia is a crap shoot.  Your fine is based on where you got pulled over.  Cobb, Cherokee and some of the smaller cities really rape you on traffic offenses.  Other areas will be half the amount.
 
2013-07-23 04:06:18 PM

ZAZ: I once got email from a guy with a $1500 ticket for 70 over the limit in a work zone, plus whatever else the pissed off cop could think of to fill the empty space on the ticket. I suggested a lawyer might be a good investment.

Before Dukakis speeding tickets in Massachusetts were $50 regardless of speed.


$1500 for 70 over the speed limit in a work zone? Here you would be in jail.
 
2013-07-23 04:07:04 PM

Another Government Employee: 20 over in Cobb County? That sounds about right. It would have been a little cheaper in Fulton or City of Atlanta.


I think it was Doraville. I looked it up afterwards, and something like only a mile of 285 is theirs and I got the impression that's how they generated 99% of their budget.
 
2013-07-23 04:09:48 PM

Gecko Gingrich: Oh, I looked into it before giving GA the finger. GA and MD didn't have reciprocity at the time (they may now).


I know for a fact that MD and PA don't.  The only tickets that translate across those two states are offenses committed during a felony.

Whiskey Dickens: Ever considered one o them spring loaded license plate brackets?


Nah.  Most of the guys I ride with just don't put plates on their bikes when they run at high speed.  Plus, a motorcycle plate is so small, it usually can't be read by a dash cam unless they're right on you.

Whiskey Dickens: I've been stopped by the police for unrelated things since then, but no mention of the incident was ever made. Not sure how I survived that one.


A friend of mine once did a wheelie through a police roadblock to keep his plate hidden.  I've never done anything quite so exciting.  I've taken video of high speed runs on the highway, and realized after the fact that I'd passed cops one lane over at 150 that never even bothered to turn their lights on, let alone give chase.
 
2013-07-23 04:09:54 PM

readbot42: Speeding tickets should be based on percentage of income. That way at least the unemployed can have some fun. Until they run out of gas. J/K. Mostly.


I thought I read about this being the case in germay/austria.
CEO doing way toooooo much was fined a crazy amount of money.
Certainly enough to make you think.

Sorry, but $100 for regular speeding? LOL
Cost of driving with the top down!
 
2013-07-23 04:11:32 PM

namatad: I thought I read about this being the case in germay/austria.
CEO doing way toooooo much was fined a crazy amount of money.
Certainly enough to make you think.

Sorry, but $100 for regular speeding? LOL
Cost of driving with the top down!



Link
 
2013-07-23 04:11:49 PM

evaned: prickly pete v2: Hey, I live in WI and .... dammit, you're not wrong. It isn't always 63, but people will pick a speed and stick with it. Road by my house goes from 45 to 55 to 45 to 35 (55 and 45 in the middle each 3-4 miles long) and I get behind these yahoos all the time that go 40 the entire way.

My favorite is how, through downtown Madison where there are tons of pedestrians and lights and the speed limit is 25, people will go closer to 35 than 25, but out on the outskirts with a high-quality, limit 40mph, almost no pedestrians, etc. road, lots of people will go under. I'm almost always one of the slowest people going through town but pass lots of people there. I don't understand.


I get the same thing where I live.  I will go 35 at most in a 30, and people are on my ass.  But soon as it hits 45, and I'm doin 50, they are way behind.  Doesn't make any sense.
 
2013-07-23 04:17:03 PM
Just hope they don't have SCMODS.
 
2013-07-23 04:17:48 PM

Z-clipped: Gecko Gingrich: Oh, I looked into it before giving GA the finger. GA and MD didn't have reciprocity at the time (they may now).

I know for a fact that MD and PA don't.  The only tickets that translate across those two states are offenses committed during a felony.

Whiskey Dickens: Ever considered one o them spring loaded license plate brackets?

Nah.  Most of the guys I ride with just don't put plates on their bikes when they run at high speed.  Plus, a motorcycle plate is so small, it usually can't be read by a dash cam unless they're right on you.

Whiskey Dickens: I've been stopped by the police for unrelated things since then, but no mention of the incident was ever made. Not sure how I survived that one.

A friend of mine once did a wheelie through a police roadblock to keep his plate hidden.  I've never done anything quite so exciting.  I've taken video of high speed runs on the highway, and realized after the fact that I'd passed cops one lane over at 150 that never even bothered to turn their lights on, let alone give chase.


They were probably just waiting to scrape up the mess. Easier for them that way.
 
2013-07-23 04:24:52 PM
DC?  How the fark does one manage to speed in a city where the lights are synchronized to *prevent* you from getting anywhere faster than a crawl?
 
2013-07-23 04:27:38 PM

Gecko Gingrich: Another Government Employee: 20 over in Cobb County? That sounds about right. It would have been a little cheaper in Fulton or City of Atlanta.

I think it was Doraville. I looked it up afterwards, and something like only a mile of 285 is theirs and I got the impression that's how they generated 99% of their budget.


If you ever drive through Austell, you better make damn sure you are doing the speed limit. I have to drive through there every day and I've seen people pulled over (including me once) for going 38 ina 35. Luckily I got off with a warning. Bonus: it was Christmas time and I had a Nieman Marcus bag full of half empty bottles of booze as I was coming home from an after work Christmas party. Luckily the cop didn't look in the bag. All he did was look at the bag and say "been Christmas shopping, eh? Hope your wife enjoys the gifts". I was able to honestly answer him that she would.

/if you're heading into Austell on Bankhead Hwy from the direction of Mableton, beware: as you crest the hill, it drops from 45 to 35 and the cops hang out on the left behind the bridge supports.
 
2013-07-23 04:30:41 PM
You speed, don't biatch about the tickets.  It's entirely avoidable and entirely your own fault.

If you think you can speed with a big wolf pack and be safe, you're wrong.  They might not pick you, but when was the last time you went fishing and caught EVERY fish?  Sooner or later, you'll be the one on the hook.

Sides, you'd have to break every moving violation in the book several times over to get a 1000$ speeding ticket.
 
2013-07-23 04:30:54 PM

TDBoedy: Aar1012: 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

No, he's right about too many bored cops.  I lived there for a year and there are more cops than you think for such a rural state.  Vermont has one of the highest concentrations of public employees per capital in the union.  Most of these cops are quite polite and not assholes (never met a bad one in VT) but there are a lot of them and yes they seem to be very very bored.  They aren't stopping crime or anything...mostly generating revenue.  The worst spot is getting into and out of Woodstock where the state highway goes from a 50 Mph limit to 25 in about 1/4 of a mile as you get towards the town center.

Stay away from woodstock.

k thx bye


My dad got a speeding ticket there a couple weeks ago, right in front of Billings Farm. After driving that stretch of road every week for the past 30 years. I don't know what came over him.
 
2013-07-23 04:37:56 PM
I used to make the run from southeastern NH to Plattsburgh, NY fairly often.  Not once have I seen a speed trap my many crossings of VT.

Once was followed by an ambulance with it's lights on for about half the state (I picked them up around exit 13 in Burlington), then ended up following them the rest of the to White River Junction.  We were averaging about 90.
 
2013-07-23 04:40:04 PM

new_york_monty: Z-clipped: Gecko Gingrich: Oh, I looked into it before giving GA the finger. GA and MD didn't have reciprocity at the time (they may now).

I know for a fact that MD and PA don't.  The only tickets that translate across those two states are offenses committed during a felony.

Whiskey Dickens: Ever considered one o them spring loaded license plate brackets?

Nah.  Most of the guys I ride with just don't put plates on their bikes when they run at high speed.  Plus, a motorcycle plate is so small, it usually can't be read by a dash cam unless they're right on you.

Whiskey Dickens: I've been stopped by the police for unrelated things since then, but no mention of the incident was ever made. Not sure how I survived that one.

A friend of mine once did a wheelie through a police roadblock to keep his plate hidden.  I've never done anything quite so exciting.  I've taken video of high speed runs on the highway, and realized after the fact that I'd passed cops one lane over at 150 that never even bothered to turn their lights on, let alone give chase.

They were probably just waiting to scrape up the mess. Easier for them that way.


Works for me.
 
2013-07-23 04:41:01 PM

RatMaster999: I used to make the run from southeastern NH to Plattsburgh, NY fairly often.  Not once have I seen a speed trap my many crossings of VT.

Once was followed by an ambulance with it's lights on for about half the state (I picked them up around exit 13 in Burlington), then ended up following them the rest of the to White River Junction.  We were averaging about 90.


You know that you're supposed to pull to the right and let them pass, right?
 
2013-07-23 04:50:16 PM
My hometown in VT used to use the neighboring town's cops two days a month, and on those days we knew to keep the speed down in our town (and could speed in the neighboring town).  My favorite day was the time my mother -- who had petitioned the town for years to get the speed limit on our road lowered to 35 - got nailed for forgetting it was cop day.  65 in a 35.  Boo-ya!
 
2013-07-23 04:50:45 PM

Lee Jackson Beauregard: DC?  How the fark does one manage to speed in a city where the lights are synchronized to *prevent* you from getting anywhere faster than a crawl?


Well, a lot of the speed limits are 25 - 35. It's not as hard as you might think in a lot of places - assuming you're not driving during rush hour. That's why they have automatic speed cameras all over the damn place. Makes them a ton of money.
 
2013-07-23 04:57:54 PM
True Story about Speeding in Vermont:
I lived there for about 10 years, and while there I lived in a little ski town of about 3500 people that was a notorious speed trap (courtesy of Town Constable Nelson Tift) for tourists coming to Killington Resort .

Two friends of mine were in town one weekend to get hitched by a Justice of the Peace on the other side of the mountain, and I insisted on providing them with a wedding cake, flowers, champagne etc. for their special day...and I was running a bit late.  So there we were, all dressed up, my son in the back with the cake in his lap, and me in the front with flowers and decorations, and balloons bobbing around in the "way back" of my station wagon...

We rounded the curve to go up the mountain going about 10 MPH over the speed limit. and (UGH!) I saw Tift tucked away in a little roadside nook he often used as a hiding place.  So I started to slow down immediately and pulled over just as he got behind me.  There was no point in trying to avoid a ticket.

In typical law enforcement form, he asked for my license and registration and asked if I knew why he'd pulled me over. I sheepishly acknowledged that I had been going too fast and apologized saying "It's just that...we're on our way to a wedding, and we have all the decorations, so it can't start without us, and... I just didn't want to be late."

I could tell he was scrutinizing both my driver's license (which noted that I was a local) and the contents of my car carefully.

He then handed my license back to me and said, "Ma'am, when the town of Mendon hired me, they didn't hire me to ruin anybody's wedding day.  Please drive more safely in the future."

And with that... he let me go!  I was agog!  But I didn't question it -- just went happily on my way.

Fast forward to a couple of years later.  I was elected to the Selectboard (sort of like a city council) of that town, and was telling the Town Administrator who had lived there since forEVer about the day Nelson Tift let me go with a warning.  Now this lady worked with Nelson on a regular basis AND she handled the books for the town so she knew all too well how much revenue he generated from speeding tickets.

She refused to believe me.  I insisted.  And she STILL refused to believe me.  "Nelson NEVER lets anyone off with a warning!  Ever!"

Then I told her the particulars of the situation and her face softened and she said, "Ah. That's why.  Nelson's got a BIG soft spot for weddings."  LOL!

I guess it was my lucky day.
 
2013-07-23 05:07:43 PM

TheSneakerWhore: This is why I'm so happy I moved to DFW.

Everyone does 15 over in Texas--everyone; not a single fark was given by Johnny Law.


Until it rains, or looks like it might rain, and they start going 4 mph.
 
2013-07-23 05:11:48 PM

Z-clipped: Gecko Gingrich: Oh, I looked into it before giving GA the finger. GA and MD didn't have reciprocity at the time (they may now).

I know for a fact that MD and PA don't.  The only tickets that translate across those two states are offenses committed during a felony.

Whiskey Dickens: Ever considered one o them spring loaded license plate brackets?

Nah.  Most of the guys I ride with just don't put plates on their bikes when they run at high speed.  Plus, a motorcycle plate is so small, it usually can't be read by a dash cam unless they're right on you.

Whiskey Dickens: I've been stopped by the police for unrelated things since then, but no mention of the incident was ever made. Not sure how I survived that one.

A friend of mine once did a wheelie through a police roadblock to keep his plate hidden.  I've never done anything quite so exciting.  I've taken video of high speed runs on the highway, and realized after the fact that I'd passed cops one lane over at 150 that never even bothered to turn their lights on, let alone give chase.


You sound incredibly cool. Can we be friends?
 
2013-07-23 05:41:12 PM
List fails without Virginia.  Glad I moved away from there before the super-speeder laws became popular.  Yes, Georgia has a super-speeder law too, but most of the interstates around here have a 70 mph limit (sometimes posted, sometimes de facto), and the cops generally give you 10 over before even thinking about writing a ticket.  So in most places, being hit with a super-speeder violation means you really were doing something dangerously stupid. (I know, I know, there are some places that set deliberate speed traps)

Virginia, on the other hand, generally has 55 mph limits even on wide open roads, at least on the major interstates I've used.  Thus, the same speed that would just piss off the driver behind you in Georgia could earn you a super-speeder fine in Virginia.
 
2013-07-23 05:47:31 PM

UtileDysfunktion: FTFA:  "Granted, speeding in a work zone is bad for everyone concerned, but a few moments of inattention resulting in a $1,000 fine? "

I've noticed cones and barricades going up weeks before any work actually starts and a co-worker got slapped with a doubled fine for speeding in a work zone where there wasn't a worker anywhere in sight.  I think the County has found a new source of revenue.


Pretty much this. Down here, it's very common to see work zones completely unpopulated by actual workers. One worksite I passed from time to time lasted for two years. Of course by then everyone was ignoring the stupidly low speed limit.
 
2013-07-23 06:29:28 PM
Your blog sucks.
 
2013-07-23 06:32:09 PM

mjohnson71: You sound incredibly cool. Can we be friends?


Sure, but you have to pass the super-secret initiation first.
 
2013-07-23 06:40:09 PM
How about "don't speed"?

Idiots.
 
2013-07-23 06:55:56 PM
In Vermont, if you travel up or down route 7 any time, day or night, you will always see someone pulled over. Always.
 
2013-07-23 07:13:43 PM
Two words:

Searchlight, Nevada.

/drops mic, walks away
 
2013-07-23 07:22:44 PM

Loki009: Click Click D'oh: If you can't tell that this is a police car:

[listings.zenfs.com image 593x347]

STOP FARKING DRIVING!


However about 65% of CT trooppers dont use the light bar with regularity and use the windsheild / grill moutned lights.

However from my experiance State Troopers in CT are dicks for the sake of being dicks and will often let 10-15 over the speed limit go without batting an eye as long as you arent driving agressively


I don't know how much they still do it, but back in my college days, they were notorious for using confiscated cars as trooper cars. Crappy license plate frames, chrome trim, aftermarket, wheels, etc. Almost got nailed by a Grand National (or THE Grand National - don't know if they had more than the one) on 84. Just as the lights came on behind the grill, a Corvette blew by the two of us like we were standing still. The Grand National pulled around me and took off after the 'Vette.
 
2013-07-23 08:04:10 PM
I get really tired of all the "work zones" they have now with signs posted about Obama putting us back to work. In some places a year has gone by to place a curb out in the middle of nowhere. They have the same half dozen guys going around trying to complete multiple street jobs - slowly. I work odd hours and have to go by the "job sites" every day.

Thing is, the work zone rule is in effect even when they aren't working. The cops tend to be around all the time though - they should pick up a shovel. I wonder if the whole plan isn't to allow communities to make a little coin on tickets.

Has anyone else seen this? You know, where they work to build curbs and sidewalks on roads that go through miles of empty fields where you never see any pedestrians? I try to tell myself it's for future growth, but I know if a developer wants to build commercial or residential they are going to have to pay the city millions to tear up all those sidewalks to install utilities and intersections. In the meantime I get taxed to pay for a federally funded local speed trap. It'll take years at the rate they are going and maybe never get done if the program is cut.

All you have to do is go to Canada in the summer time and watch them resurface a road; one piece of machinery in front of the other slowly working the road non-stop, with guys shuffling beside carrying shovels. Wish we worked like that. Today I saw a couple guys setting forms for a curb, both were sitting in the dirt hammering forms to a stake. I sat at the light and watched, they sat behind the forms and just kept hitting the same spot. I've set forms before and couldn't believe it. I looked around - yep, there was a cop.
 
2013-07-23 08:10:23 PM
The trick to not getting caught speeding in Vermont is to read the speed limit signs and adjust your driving accordingly. My sister-in-law learned that when she visited a few years ago and got nabbed doing 45 in a 25 zone. Of course she had just driven past a park, a school and a church as well as four speed limit signs but she insisted on trying to tell the cop she had no idea the speed limit was 25. Despite her ample bosoms she still got a ticket.
 
2013-07-23 08:21:57 PM

Pharmdawg: 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.


So true, wife almost got run over by a big rig while only doing 75 on I75 near 285 at rush hour in a 2+ inch per hour monsoon.

/Why the F do you come in on the left and have to get over 6-7 lanes in 2 miles to stay on I75?!?
 
2013-07-23 08:38:06 PM
Want to avoid getting a speeding ticket in Nevada? It's not hard.

1. Don't speed in or near (within 5 miles) of the rural towns. They  will get you. This is less of a revenue generating issue and more of a "the one NHP officer that drew the short straw to service your region is bored out of their mind" problem, unless you're in Tonopah or Goldfield, in which case it most certainly is a revenue generating issue and they will happily find anything and everything they can to write you up (especially Goldfield). I almost got a ticket in Tonopah for not having a front license plate - thankfully, I had it in my front seat because it fell off in a parking lot earlier that day.

2. Don't speed on the surface streets in Reno, especially in residential areas. This  is a revenue generating issue. Freeways are still good, though.

3. Up to 10 over in Reno/Sparks and up to 15 over in LV usually won't draw any attention. Usually. This lines up nicely with the flow of traffic in each of these areas. On rural highways, stay on the low side of 10 over - enforcement is sporadic, but not non-existent.

4. Just because there aren't any cops around on those rural highways, it doesn't mean you won't get a ticket. They have airplanes now.

On the bright side, speed limits in Nevada are generally pretty reasonable, though the Burning Man crowd will be absolutely  thrilled to discover that they dropped the speed limit out of Gerlach down to 55 until just before Pyramid Lake. Supposedly it's due to some road damage caused by some flooding over the past month, but part of me strongly suspects it's to make a bit of money in late August when Burners come and visit.
 
2013-07-23 08:40:25 PM

jmr61: How about "don't speed"?

Idiots.


This. Seriously. Which part of that concept is so difficult it cannot be understood?

It's the same as "don't want to do the time, then don't do the crime".
 
2013-07-23 08:55:16 PM

felix_golden: Loki009: Click Click D'oh: If you can't tell that this is a police car:

[listings.zenfs.com image 593x347]

STOP FARKING DRIVING!


However about 65% of CT trooppers dont use the light bar with regularity and use the windsheild / grill moutned lights.

However from my experiance State Troopers in CT are dicks for the sake of being dicks and will often let 10-15 over the speed limit go without batting an eye as long as you arent driving agressively

I don't know how much they still do it, but back in my college days, they were notorious for using confiscated cars as trooper cars. Crappy license plate frames, chrome trim, aftermarket, wheels, etc. Almost got nailed by a Grand National (or THE Grand National - don't know if they had more than the one) on 84. Just as the lights came on behind the grill, a Corvette blew by the two of us like we were standing still. The Grand National pulled around me and took off after the 'Vette.


They do, but not frequently. They are loving the new unmarked Chargers and Taurus cars they have now which is getting to be a pain. However around the major holidays you still see the confiscated cars being used. I once saw someone pulled over with a mid to late 2000's Grand Caravan minivan. That was entertaining.
 
2013-07-23 09:20:32 PM

R.A.Danny: Fade2black: I pull over for every speeding ticket I get. I also get every single one dropped.

But guess what asshole? If you make it $1000 to speed, you're gonna earn it when you fire up those lights. Cuz I'm gonna run.

/SCCA License, autocrosser, stage 2 2010 STI...good luck.

Radio is faster than you.

And evasion is a felony in many states, so there's jail time and loss of rights.


And very appropriate situation for a generous helping of police brutality, IMHO...
 
2013-07-23 09:37:00 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: North Carolina really isn't bad for tickets. They're expensive if you get one....


You don't say.  77 in a 55.  I loved the $10 Officer Service Fee tacked on.  Fact i was charged the same price for paying online and not wasting any court employee's time instead of going to court and just telling the judge, "Guilty, i'm just here to waste the courts time and get my $218 worth of value".

/seriously, $10 officer service fee....
//I was guilty, even told the officer "Ya got me. You should get a prize.  first ticket in 20 years. You done caught the Tater".
///he didn't even grin.
 
2013-07-23 10:18:07 PM
I'm with you, Subby.  Vermont sucks.

/I can spit into Vermont from my NH doorstep
/I do...frequently
 
2013-07-23 10:23:01 PM

SarcasticFark: I'm with you, Subby.  Vermont sucks.

/I can spit into Vermont from my NH doorstep
/I do...frequently


We pee on NH.
 
2013-07-23 11:27:20 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: 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.


Or the ticket I got locally--a cop stepped into the crosswalk (in a spot no pedestrian would be likely to be found anyway--the crosswalk served a closed business) at a distance where stopping before the crosswalk would have been questionable (and such hard stops risk being rear ended) and continuing was actually the safer course as it ensured that I was past before he could possibly reach my lane.

I call such things the driving tax.

nytmare: Seems to be a common attitude among internet drivers that they can blow through a red light as long as they're turning right, or on a bicycle. Which is completely wrong. You have to stop first, turn or no turn, car or bicycle.


Yes, you need to come to a stop.  Look at the real-world dynamics of a bunch of cars turning right on red, though--you stop at the point where you can see if it's safe to turn but aren't actually in the cross traffic.  Note that this point is *NOT* the stop line!

Car #1 probably behaves legally.   However, the cars behind will normally roll forward to take the space that was vacated in front of them without any regard for where the stop line is.  This is *NOT* dangerous behavior but the cameras will nail you anyway.

There's also the one car version of this where you approach a red light and it looks like you're going to be able to turn.  In the real world an awful lot of drivers are going to slowly roll the stop line and stop at the decision point.  The hazard here is miniscule as you're going so slowly at that point and you're looking ahead, not left.

UtileDysfunktion: I've noticed cones and barricades going up weeks before any work actually starts and a co-worker got slapped with a doubled fine for speeding in a work zone where there wasn't a worker anywhere in sight. I think the County has found a new source of revenue.


Yup.  Last year I took an 800 mile (one way) road trip.  I would say I encountered at least 10 construction zones on that trip.  In one case there was nothing but the signs (the actual construction was on the other side of a small hill that divided the highway at that point) and in no case was a worker present (it was the weekend.)  In *ONE* case reduced limits were justified due to lane zigging.  On the return trip (the same basic route minus the scenic detours) it was during the week and still most of the sites had nothing going on.

I have no problem with slowing for construction workers.  It's pretty obvious it's mostly a scam, though.

I also object to school zones--I consider them hazardous to kids.  In effect we teach kids that cars will stop for them.  In the real world the cars will be going faster and the stopping distance goes way up.  You end up with cases like what happened locally--she looked only one way and stepped out right in front of a pickup--two minutes before the lights came on.  At half her age I was trusted to cross major streets on my own.

While I do not oppose the *CONCEPT* of cameras in the real world they're a scam.  No location has enough unsafe drivers to pay for a camera.

pedobearapproved: I got a fix it ticket for having insurance but not having the card on me. It expired two days before and I hadn't seen the mail with the new card in it or I would have put it in the car. Anyway the cop gives me the ticket and says I have to go to court to prove I had insurance during the time (some dude turned into my car while I was at a stop sign, and that's why the cops checked).

Long story short I show up to court with my valid insurance card and get $90 in court costs, and charges dismissed. That sounds like a fine to me, but not to the courts. I am still shocked they can get away with that crap.


Around here you show the missing paperwork to the clerk, that's it.  No costs at all.
 
2013-07-23 11:56:59 PM

Oatworm: On the bright side, speed limits in Nevada are generally pretty reasonable, though the Burning Man crowd will be absolutely thrilled to discover that they dropped the speed limit out of Gerlach down to 55 until just before Pyramid Lake. Supposedly it's due to some road damage caused by some flooding over the past month, but part of me strongly suspects it's to make a bit of money in late August when Burners come and visit.


As a local burner, this seems like a dumb plan.  The only people who head up early to Burning Man are DPW people who are mostly local and will be around to contest the ticket, or theme camps setting up early who likely will be in gigantic RVs and Semis that can't go over 55 anyway.  Come time for Burning Man proper and there's such a long line of cars you're lucky if you get up to the speed limit at all.
 
2013-07-24 12:04:03 AM

postnobills: The one and only ticket I've ever had was in a little speed trap town in the middle of the Nevada desert called Ely.  63 in a 60. I was planning to stop over for the night: Get a room, a couple of meals, a few drinks, gamble a bit. Spend some desperately needed money in the town. Instead, I paid the ticket and decided to push on through to Vegas. Now do you really think that was the greater economic benefit to the town?


That's a shame, Ely is a nice little town to spend some time in.  Two great hotels in town, decent food, interesting museums and shops, and a nice ambiance to boot.  Of course I've never run into White Pine County Sheriffs so I have no idea if they're dickbags or not.  Also it's not in the middle of the Nevada desert.  It's actually one of our North-Eastern-most "big towns" and is more in the mountains than anything.

Side note: Winnemucca, for as much of a "wide spot near an Interstate" town as it seems, is actually a great place to spend some time.  I spent a week there with my then-girlfriend that the two of us STILL talk about with fondness.
 
2013-07-24 01:12:20 AM
If i remember correctly, (not saying i do) the posted speed limit is supposed to be how safe it is to drive on that particular surface of road, and they have to re-do the "safety" test every 7 years if you hold to federal standards in your state (some don't). To determine the conditions of said road. I got away with a a speeding ticket here in NY because the last time they "speed rated" the road was like 10 years ago, i got the information from my county planners office, no ticket cause they legally couldn't tell me what the safe speed to drive in was. I hate speeding tickets,  i always speed, its in my nature, but never off the highway, in construction zones or near schools. Im pretty sure if they do construction in a specific amount of road they have to re-do the test to see what the new speed is in something like 3 years. don't quote me. its been a long time since i've gotten a ticket
 
2013-07-24 02:08:54 AM

Gecko Gingrich: 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.


Are you ever planning on visiting Georgia again?

Because generally not paying a speeding ticket will get you a Faliure to Appear and an arrest warrant.  (I'm assuming you didn't show up in court either).
 
2013-07-24 11:53:19 AM

Alphakronik: Mt. Tabor, Vermont sounds like fun.


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

Sounds like a challenge.


Not as easy as it sounds... There aren't many places to hide and pretty much just one or two roads you can use (unless you feel like going off road, then you'd have a chance)...

/Grew up about 30 min from Mt. Tabor
//Swore to myself I'd never live in Vermont again
///I live in Vermont now...
 
2013-07-24 12:30:45 PM

ChaosStar: 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.


OMG you're my img1.fark.com !

If I had the funds I would sponsor the hell out of you for posting that!
 
2013-07-24 02:57:47 PM

frostus: SarcasticFark: I'm with you, Subby.  Vermont sucks.

/I can spit into Vermont from my NH doorstep
/I do...frequently

We pee on NH.


Quite frequently I might add... Live Free or Die? How bout just die...
 
2013-07-24 09:31:22 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


Notice it says nothing about State Patrol. They can get you for 1 mile over.
 
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