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First speeding ticket, maybe more than 10 years....?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by BinWing, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. BinWing

    BinWing Member

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    Got off highway and ramped to 35 mph local road in Mountain View today, I did not see the cop hiding or behind (now I am not used to look on the back), accelerated at 60 mph to pass a slow car .....

    The cop followed me for quite some long distances, finally decided to pull me off: he was hesitated and kept asking me if I read the speed meter to know my speed, even his radar read 60 mph, I was really going with the traffic except passing that car....

    If I drove any of my other cars, I don't believe I would get this ticket ...
     
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  2. Drivin

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    doing 60 in a 35 while a cop is watching will get a cop's attention regardless of the car you are driving. Looks like he actually gave you the benefit of the doubt by asking you if you knew how to read the speedometer of your car.
     
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  3. HookBill

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    A friend who is a CHP told me one night when asked why they hide all the time: "We're not hiding, we just park where you can't see us." ;)
     
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  4. BinWing

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    Well, my other cars don't accelerate that way. I was not driving in 60 mph, just accelerating :)
     
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  5. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    I think there are many who happen to get caught at the wrong time. As we were headed to our vacation, I was accelerating to pass a Saab that had blocked the left lane at 45 mph (in a 65 mph zone) - a truck was coming up in the right lane and I didn't want to get pinned for several minutes behind the both of them; then he decided to speed up. By the time he zoomed on, and I looked down, I was at 87 or so and the cruiser was in the lane about 1/2 a mile back bearing down on me.

    Unfortunately, I should have remembered that I was in Terre Haute, Indiana. If your city includes a rather large link on its home page to "pay your traffic ticket", it's probably a speed trap town.

    The trooper walked up, didn't want to hear that the other guy had blocked the road and sped up (inciting a race), and told me "When that happens, I get to pull over one of two people, and today it was you." He printed out a citation, walked up and handed it to me, saying "sorry, I had to give you a citation. Thanks for cooperating." No, he didn't have to. At least Terre Haute has a deferral program that will dismiss the ticket completely after a hefty contribution to their extortion scheme.

    He tried to claim I slammed on my brakes when I saw him - I explained that no, it was regen kicking in. I swear he was ready to shoot up my car when the handles retracted as he was standing there, I then had to explain that it was automatic and that it wasn't a sign of disrespect.
     
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  6. kort677

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    in some states if you were passing legally the ticket could be in error, you are allowed to "speed" in order to complete the pass safely
     
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  7. CmdrThor

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    I spent four years in Terre Haute and drove like an idiot 18-22 year old, never got a ticket :) The rumor was that having a Rose-Hulman sticker or car tag would get you out of tickets, but I'm not sure I believe it, I was probably just lucky.

    I definitely attempted the Hulman Hundred a few times which is basically going 0-100-0 mph from Wabash & US-40 to the entrance of Rose-Hulman, just over a half mile. Should be pretty easy in Model X.
     
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  8. BinWing

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    Are there some sensors in the MX that detect Radar signals?
    There are some funny youtube clips showing a MS detecting parking ticket officer and self driving the car away
     
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  9. Lloyd

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    Maybe one of those guys that drives the limit in the left lane and won't move over!
     
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  10. Skryll

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    Us germans always like to tell people how to behave, its a bad habit. And also we are spoiled by highways without speed limit on large stretches...
     
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  11. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    My own blood contains a heavy dose of German and Dutch blood as well, I'm familiar with the thought process. I've just learned how to turn it down a bit. :)
     
  12. dwebb66

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    Not driving with the flow of traffic is a significant safety issue and can earn the 'slow' driver a ticket. Their are laws on most states that 'slower traffic MUST keep to the right'. Drivers that drive at the speed limit in the left most lane cause people to not be able to pass other slower traffic that is in the right hand lanes, this is a safety issue and it causes traffic jams. Have you ever passed the 'last car' traveling slow in a middle lane and looked back to see all of the cars stacked up behind them; not just a car or two but 10s of them.
     
  13. Laserbrain

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    "Generally a victimless crime" - so the thousands who get the short end of the straw and end up dead or crippled simply don't matter. Because some people think their "right" to speeding weighs more than the lifes of these people. Pathetic.

    And yes, in Germany A LOT of people die because of speeding. The fact that compared to others countries we got less fatal traffic accidents has to do with the TÜV - here you are not allowed to drive with an unsafe vehicle.

    And lets not forget we are not talking about going 5 or 8 mph faster than the speed limit - to stay with the flow of traffic. Once you are double digit above the speed limit, you are speeding.

    And if you get caught, a decent person would be ashamed of himself and simply pay the fine.

    A person who gets angry because he got caught speeding (double digit above the speed limit), and then complains in the internet about it... about the police... and whatnot. These people make me vomit.
     
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  14. FlasherZ

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    Again, you're not differentiating reckless driving from casually exceeding a government threshold that is designed to generate revenue. I've said 4+ times now that I denounce reckless driving. I'm talking about speeding. But I suppose we'll have to agree to disagree there.

    I can tell you that in my case, it was far more dangerous for me to have to slam on my brakes because of a overtaking-lane vigilante who was driving at 45 mph in a 45 mph minimum, 65 mph maximum zone, slower than the traffic to the right of him.

    I'm not ashamed of myself, because I was attempting to do the safer of the multiple options available to me.

    I'm sorry about your illness. Hope you get over it soon.
     
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  15. McRat

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    Consider yourself fortunate. 25mph over the limit can result in a reckless. That is like a DUI, and they can even arrest you. 80 in a 55 got me a reckless many years ago. License suspension, $500 fine, 2 points on the DMV record.

    It is at the officer's discretion in California, so he wasn't hunting you.
     
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  16. hockeythug

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    Slow down.
     
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  18. McRat

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    My reckless comment was just how the law is California. In my reckless ticket, I was on the 405 freeway at midnight, very light traffic. This was in the National Speed Limit days of 55 mph, I believe that stretch is now 70mph? A Costa Mesa PD unmarked car cited me for 80mph, and used the reckless statute, even though I was not driving recklessly.

    IIRC, anything past 15 over can trigger it. Since then, there is also a newer Over 100mph statute. It is perhaps worse than Reckless IIRC.

    California is a lousy place to get tickets. Too much flexibility is given the LEO who cites you for speeding. But it is what it is.
     

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