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Old 05-30-2005, 07:41 PM   #1
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Worst driving weekend EVER!!

While by no means a record, I got three speeding tickets this weekend

Lessons learned:
1) don't speed on Memorial Day weekend
2) cops have nothing better to do
3) the speed limits in this country are archaic, and are nothing more than money generating schemes for municipalites

Questions asked:
1) why can people continually speed down my residential 25mph street, where kids live and play, but I can't SAFELY speed on the freeway or major highway?
2) would I have been pulled over in an SUV?
3) is my speeding really more of a crime than selling drugs to kids, rape, murder, etc.?

This is a tough pill to swallow when I routinely watch people on cell phones merge into other people, see people reading the newspaper while driving, have my wife get hit turning into our driveway, and everyone and their mother run red lights - all of which I consider a little more dangerous than speeding on flat, open road with light traffic. While I don't condone breaking the law, I do feel that my tax dollars are not helping my community.

Maybe I'm just venting, but I don't think I'm the only one who feels this way.




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Old 05-30-2005, 07:46 PM   #2
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Wow, I'm sorry. That sucks. Was it all on the same road?
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Old 05-30-2005, 07:48 PM   #3
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not the same road. But I was harassed about my tint job by one cop. And if anyone is familiar with Boone Co. KY, that was the worst one.
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Old 05-30-2005, 07:55 PM   #4
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Yeah, I heard traffic on I-75 through KY and TN were hellacious this weekend. Speed traps consisting of cops standing on overpasses w/ the radar and cops on bikes, unmarked cars, and troopers pulling people over by the dozen.

Nothing but a way to fill the city/county coffers.

The thing is, if you don't speed, then you don't have to contribute.

I agree with most of what you said, though...if cops want to make the streets safer, there are a whole lot of other laws that could stand to be enforced as strongly as speeding.
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Old 05-30-2005, 08:02 PM   #5
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Unfortunately, in the USA, speeding tickets have become a major source of revenue for local governments. It has little to do with safety. The emphasis on speed has other adverse effects. There was a thread recently on people who hog the left lane. I believe some people do this because they fear exceeding the speed limit for a short period of time to pass a slower vehicle and then move over into the right lane. Consequently, the bunching of traffic and inherent danger related to that and the frustration of following drivers can be directly linked to the insane focus on speed limits.

While I am generally not a fan of european ways, the German Autobahn system seems to make a lot more sense. With some education and acclimatation, I think there would be an improvement in safety.

But then again, where would local government get its money?
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Old 05-30-2005, 08:15 PM   #6
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Revamp - you are correct. no speeding=sticking to the man (so to speak). But if speeding is such an evil, why have cars that are capable of breaking the limit?

Core - the answer is taxes. people think that having low taxes is great (which it is), but I think that it allows freedoms to be taken away in the form of fines and fees, for everything from speeding to permits and liscenses. For example, is it absolutely necessary to have a permit to fish?!
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:44 PM   #7
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jah,

What were the specifics of the tickets? If it was for 65 in a 55, you got a bad deal. If you're talking 85 is a 55, well...

Just how picky were they with your tickets?
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Old 05-31-2005, 12:03 AM   #8
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OP, you didn't tell us how fast you were going and what the speed limit is.
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Keep in mind, I was venting. After some time of reflection, I'll agree the second one was fully deserved - it is difficult, however, to test out the new Steeda 28.6mm rear anti-roll bar without going 59mph on 35mph curves. And the modified intake, custom exhaust, and Ford Racing Parts Crank underdrive pulley really seemed to be working well at 93mph on open freeway. I especially liked the sound. The last one, well...after harassing me about the tint, he did knock a few off so wouldn't lose my liscense on the spot. I think he understood the idea of "seein' what she's got" In all reality, I really did just pick a bad weekend for this sort of thing; after all, they were just doing their job.

It would be nice, though, if the jacka$$ reading the newspaper who almost merged into my passenger seat last week got a little shakedown.
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holy moly!

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