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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:50 AM
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I got a speeding ticket yesterday 84 in a 65 zone - that's 4 points on my
driver's license and $230. :dunce:
I've gotten a lot of those, it's almost like a rite of spring or something-lol.
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:54 AM
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1. Don't forget the higher insurance...
Or do you get to do traffic school?
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:57 AM
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3. I'll be alright there.
And no traffic school, I'm 54 started driving on an old Ford tractor...
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Streetdoc270 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:56 AM
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2. Gee think of all the gas wasted.....
n/t
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:58 AM
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4. Yes, even though I've got a 2.5- 4 cylinder
it is wasteful
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tinanator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:31 AM
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28. you call that a motor?
Life begins at 7 liters.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:37 AM
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29. lol, I did own a 72 Olds 98 with a 455 in it, but there's a challenge to
getting performance with any vehicle.
I sold that old big-block Olds to a drag racer who merely wanted the engine.
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tinanator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:55 AM
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31. got my first speeding ticket in years a few months back
61 in a 40. That should have been a 45 zone :(
As always in a fiscal crunch our local boys in blue roll out the ticket book. I doubt anyone has ever seen as many cops lined up to write tickets as I have over those few months before Arnie secured his $15billion bailout scam. Now do I make this check out to Ahnold or Enron?
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Wickerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:59 AM
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5. Your state coffers thank you very much
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 08:59 AM by lunabush
How many total points can one acquire on a drivers license before something bad happens? I've never lived in a "points" state. What goes on with your insurance now?

Happy Spring
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:03 AM
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7. They use some formula, you always get them back-12 in a year or so
I'll have to really drive without speeding for the rest of my life-lol, but I will have to be cool for a year
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SoDesuKa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:00 AM
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6. Didja Ever Think?
Did you ever think of slowing down? You might want to start out earlier to get to your destination.

You might have the reflexes and the maturity to drive at 80+ mph, but many people can't. The law is just. You should obey it. Getting speeding tickets is not a rite of Spring. Slow down.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:06 AM
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8. I was pacing an Oldsmobile driving faster at times, lol
in light traffic coming off of a large bridge under great weather
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:06 AM
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9. What the hell were you running from? (and some cool stats)
Hopefully not creditors at that speed!

If you've gotten many tickets within a recent timeframe, your insurance will go up. And despite giving them money, the city won't give you a free watch or anything for your generous contributions.

Did they trap you, were you singled out in a land filled with drivers all doing the same speed, or were you the only one out there and an easy target to prey on?

Did you know that driving at 65MPH uses 15% more gas on average than driving at 55MPH? As speed is increased (as I recall, 35MPH is the peak point), the amount of gas needed to keep the car going at that speed increases considerably. 84MPH must be massive...

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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:09 AM
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10. Actually I was going to pay Time Warner for my Road Runner cable
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 09:14 AM by bobthedrummer
lol
Got hit by hand-held laser and State Patrol on an Interstate, and I was passed by an Oldsmobile at whatever speed it was-so I'm a speeder!
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:18 AM
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11. Slow the fsck down.
It's one thing for you to endanger yourself by that sort of thoughtless conduct, but you else endanger everybody else on the road.

Drive the speed limit. Drive the speed limit in the right-hand lane so that the speeders don't cause a wreck when they overtake you.

I'm sorry, but I think you had this coming.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:25 AM
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13. Danger is all around, yes I'm a speeder and had it coming
but usually I get away with driving over the speed limit.
OTOH, I have driven recklessly in the past-but I quit drinking in June 1981 and I wasn't on dope or anything, I just have a lead foot and enjoy performance of the machine-no matter what form, I like velocity.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:32 AM
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14. I used to race go-karts and motorcycles, I am an Honor's grad,
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 09:36 AM by bobthedrummer
I usually drive faster than posted limits on Interstate, not in residential areas, etc.

Hey, I've even got a DU bumpersticker on my car-lol.
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Jumbo Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:37 AM
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15. Fine
If you continue to drive the way you do your bound to get yourself seriously injured or killed or someone else. It is easy to drive 20 mph beyond the speed limit if everybody else is perfect drivers. Well everybody is not, one error by a fellow driver and since your going to fast to react say goodbye to both of you. If your lucky you'll never walk again.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:46 AM
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17. I'm into performance, skill is part of that, the blood of a Teamster flows
in my veins, etc. I drive fast but within safety margins of self and vehicle, many other folks on the road do the same-it's the drunk drivers and dopers as well as road ragers causing roadway problems of the lethal or serious kind you've mentioned twice.

I'm certainly not part of any of that, I'm just a speeder.
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Streetdoc270 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:56 AM
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21. What is amazing
Is how many people think that they are driving safe and 'within safety margins of self and vehicle' when in reality they have just watched one to many NASCAR races and think they know how to drive safe. I have responded to many people with the same mindset as that in my career, one recently being a person with a 6 week old baby in the car saying 'I only had one drink, I would never drive drunk with my baby'.

You sound young and intelligent, I hope that you will use this incident as a learning tool.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:00 AM
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24. I'm 54 years old and intelligent enough to usually not get a speeding
ticket.
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ProudGerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:54 AM
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30. Sorry, but that's incorrect
As long as his tires are in good shape, he was no where near the performance limits of whatever vehicle he was driving. Any car in the last decade would be perfecty happy, and capable of cruising down a highway right up to triple digit speed. And considering the cars that you can get with a 2.5 Inline 4, he was well under performance limitations. Proper driving technique, including a minimum 3 second following distance, and he'd be anything but a highway menace reigning death and destruction where he went.

Does this give anyone who thinks they have skill a free ticket to try and imitate Michael Schumaker? No, even if you're driving an Enzo, driving with the flow of the traffic is still the safest approach. But saying that a mondern car being driven at 84 miles an hour is dancing out over the edge is laughably wrong.
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Streetdoc270 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:53 PM
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35. The vehicle maybe
the driver, probably not
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Champ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:56 AM
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22. Delete
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 09:58 AM by Champ
replied to a post on the wrong thread.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:38 AM
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16. I got my ONE and ONLY ticket in my WHOLE life
from a Highway patrol guy who chose ME....instead of the 18-wheelers who were PASSING me at about 90 mph on I-10..

It cost me $81.00 even though I went to traffic school (what a joke..and that cost me another 50)...

The only reason he stopped ME was that a middle aged woman in a small pick up truck would not give him any "trouble", but a trucker or a car full of "gang types" would.. I was an easy target.. :(

My ONLY ticket... and I missed my son's soccer game..(the reason that I was going a bit fast).. By teh time I got my ticket, I was so paranoid that I missed my exit, and then there was an accident that I got trapped behind, and by the time I doubled back, it was too late to make his game.. The darned guy stopped me in the very narrow service lane off the fast lane (it's long gone now, due to adding more lanes), and I was a nervous wreck trying to get back into traffic... (Had to enter the fast last from a dead stop..and it was even on a curve, so I was afraid that the people barreling along would not see me..)

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Padraig18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:49 AM
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18. Good LORD!
And I thought that *I* had a heavy foot! :P
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:50 AM
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19. It was probably you in that Oldsmobile that had passed me
or maybe that was Jumbo!
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Jumbo Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:53 AM
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20. Read (can't say listen because this is a message board)
Sorry if I have concern for my safety, my daughter's safety, YOUR safety, and the safety of other drivers on the road. We have laws for a reason, not to be taken likely which you are doing right now. Say what you want but I don't appreciate making jokes about me for being a concerned citizen.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:58 AM
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23. This is The Lounge here, Jumbo. We get cut some slack here.
Was that you in that dark blue Olds yesterday on I-43 at about 9:15 a.m.???
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Jumbo Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:02 AM
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25. You were speeding on I-43
Oh my god that is too close to home. I actually just woke up about 45 minutes ago. Sorry if I don't cut you some slack on going 20 miles beyond the speed the limit and come here joking about it talking about this isn't your first time. I seen to many wrecks, in fact I had many friends and family die from fatal car wrecks and mostly because the other driver wasn't following the law.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:08 AM
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26. If you get passed safely by a car with a DU bumpersticker
on it in Wisconsin and it's me behind the wheel, you've got a friend :hi:no matter what speed!
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Jumbo Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 10:10 AM
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27. I'm pulling over
I'll also hold up a sign to drivers behind me to warn them their is a habitual speeder ahead.
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JohnLocke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:12 PM
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34. Goodbye, Jumbo!
:hi: :hi:

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F.Gordon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:56 AM
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32. Too funny
The "speed limit" has nothing to do with "safety".

The simple fact of the manner is that most people don't know how to drive "safely". Defensively. The Mini-Van with mom driving, talking on the cell phone, full of kids, is the most dangerous vehicle on the road.

My favorite "no-ticket" story....I'm driving on a Nevada Highway. Clocking at about 120+...out of no where 2 State Patrol cars are right on my ass...thinking..."oh shit"...but they just go around me...and one "waves at me". Weird. Nevada is a great state to "open up" a car. Wide shoulder....people will pull over on the shoulder when you come up on them.
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avb7 Donating Member (95 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:55 PM
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33. Plead Not Guilty.....
and try and postpone the court date for as long as you can. There are many things that can happen with a long delay. The trooper can get transfered, he could leave the job, he could be on vacation when the date comes up. DELAY-DELAY-DELAY. If you do ever get to court talk to the trooper before the proceedings and try to cut a deal. The best you can hope for is he will drop the ticket down to 5 miles over the limit instead of what he charged you with. Believe me this is your best course of action it has worked for me in the past. Good luck.
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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:08 PM
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36. Hire a lawyer.
No lie--I always suggest you hire a lawyer for this kind of stuff. You end up paying for the lawyer--so you are still paying for your transgression--but they can possibly plead it down for you so the points are reduced or even possibly the ticket is removed after a year of clean driving.

It can save you huge amounts on your insurance over a few years, plus, it can also possibly save your license if you have some other unfortunate incident later on that IS beyond your control...


Laura
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Prisoner_Number_Six Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 04:12 PM
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37. You're lucky they didn't arrest you
for Reckless Endangerment-- I may be wrong, but I believe you may have missed a pair of handcuffs by about 2mph....
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