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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.
 
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