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A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:51 am

A Tasmanian motorist caught driving 45kph over the speed limit told police he had just washed his car and wanted to dry it. The magistrate wasn't impressed but offered some helpful advice. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-2...iver-trying-to-27dry-car27/2939890

What's the best or silliest excuse you have ever heard for speeding?
 
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:05 am

I heard that on the radio today.

The problem isn't just speeding, but the driver was unlicensed (he was disqualified).

Funny excuse anyway!

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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:49 am

The best I've heard ... I'm speeding because I really have to poop Big grin

Actually, I saw that on a bumper sticker  

[Edited 2011-09-23 01:49:47]
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:57 am

Well I once told the officer that another car tried to overtake me in the inner lane and I wouldn't let him, so I speeded up.. and it worked!  He only gave me a warning.

(the story I told him was true though)
 
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:03 pm

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 2):
The best I've heard ... I'm speeding because I really have to poop

My friend tried that. The police escorted him to a nearby gas station, and told him to take care of business and the cop would be awaiting his return.  
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:07 pm

My best excuse (and I think it was a good one) was a cop sped up to me and followed about 5 feet away from my bumper, it was cold and my back windows were fogged, so I sped up a bit and when I hit 11 mph over he pulled me over. D**k move cop, warning though  
 
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:08 pm

One I heard (well read in the paoper) over a long weekend in Ontario was a woman who was speeding to get to a Gas station because her gas light was on.

I thought that was damn funny.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:23 pm

Back in the early 60's I was on my way to the hospital with my wife who was in labor; a cop tried to pull me over, but I pointed to her, and shouted "she's having a baby; the cop escorted me the rest of the way ! ( Never did stop )

He really turned out to be great guy when he saw that I wasn't trying to BS him. ( My first kid )

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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:25 pm

Best reason for speeding to come  
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:39 pm

Quoting Quokka (Thread starter):

The guy got his license suspended for going 28 mph over the speed limit? I hope he had some previous offenses otherwise the laws there absolutely suck.

Quoting Geezer (Reply 7):
Back in the early 60's I was on my way to the hospital with my wife who was in labor; a cop tried to pull me over, but I pointed to her, and shouted "she's having a baby; the cop escorted me the rest of the way ! ( Never did stop )

My dad got pulled over on the way to the hospital when my mom was in labor with me. Luckily it was a female cop who let him off.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:11 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 9):

My dad got pulled over on the way to the hospital when my mom was in labor with me. Luckily it was a female cop who let him off.

Anyone who's a parent can sympathize with this excuse. My wife went into labor at 1am on New Years. The thought of flagging down a cop for an escort went through my mind as I got stuck in traffic after the Seattle fireworks.

The best excuse I think might go to the logger in Colorado who cut off the toes on one of his feet earlier this year when they got pinned under a log trailer. On the way down off the mountain he called 911. He asked if he needed to keep his toes, if he did he'd go to Montrose, if not he'd continue driving to the hospital Grand Junction.

The dispatcher said he couldn't go on by himself, because by himself he'd have to follow the traffic code.

He laughed and responded, "no I don't!"

Great 911 audio if you're interested. http://www.9news.com/audio/911-call-saw-off-toes.wav
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:35 pm

"But officer, I'm allowed to speed. See..... it says right here on my Driver's Licence....."Tear Along Dotted Line"". 
 
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:58 pm

Quoting Quokka (Thread starter):
What's the best or silliest excuse you have ever heard for speeding?

Funeral director I know coming back from a hospital at 2am, got bagged doing 93 in a 65. State trooper walked up to the car PISSSED. Started going off on him for speeding, etc. Funeral director calmly goes "Look, can you just give me a ticket or whatever, I have to get Mrs. so and so back to the funeral home pretty quick" Cop let him go!


I also did the same thing once. Ironically, I was speeding because it was a police call out for a murder/suicide and they both needed to be transported to the medical examiners office. I ended up getting a police escort.   
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 10:59 pm

Didn't some former a.nutter here used to tell police when he was stopped for speeding that his father was dying in the hospital and he was on the way there...then used to laugh at the cops when they let him go?????
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Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:03 pm

There was an old episode of Cheers where Carla asks Sam to get off early so she can go to class that night. Kramer compliments her on going back school and how an adult education can be one of the greatest gifts one can give yourself. She responds by calling him a schmuck and telling him it is traffic school. But it wasn't her fault, he apparently had a leave lodge up against her windshield wiper and had to gun it to 70 to get it to blow off.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:57 pm

Well i have no excuses as everyone I have tagged for speeding denies they were speeding in the first place.

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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:38 am

The best excuse that worked once was about 20 years ago on the Garden State Parkway in Bergen County. There was fast and tight spacing of cars, actually too tight behind/in front of other cars. I sped up in the fast lane to get some space. Some cop caught me doing I guess 67 in a 55 and pulled me over. I give him that explanation - with full courtesy, he checked out my license (no points on it), and gave me a written warning, He explained that he was watching for speeding there due to a high rate of accidents in that area of the road.
 
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:19 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 9):
The guy got his license suspended for going 28 mph over the speed limit? I hope he had some previous offenses otherwise the laws there absolutely suck.

In Ontario, Canada the law if you are caught going 50km/h (approx 30mph) over the limit no matter what the limit is is an onsite vehicle seizure, a 7 day license suspension and a fine up to CAD$10,000. You are deemed to be racing even if its 2am and you are the only car on the road at the time.

Also good luck affording insurance after that.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:28 am

Quoting sudden (Reply 8):
Best reason for speeding to come  

I've always thought it was best not to rush that.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:26 am

Quoting greasespot (Reply 15):

Well i have no excuses as everyone I have tagged for speeding denies they were speeding in the first place.

GS

When I was younger, I always tried to think up some clever explanation, or contend I was not speeding (or not to the degree I was accused of). Remarkably enough, it *never* worked.

Now, older, wiser, or just plain worn-out, I regard traffic stops as a business transaction (as, indeed, most are). I speed, the peace officer pulls me over, treats me with respect (as well he or she should), I return the respect (their job is not one I'd want, and few of the LEO's I know think writing traffic cites is a fun day at the office). The degree of congestion and the quantity of utterly clueless drivers on the Interstates these day are both compelling reasons why most of my longer-distance travel these days involves Beechcraft instead of Cadillac.

Only "excuse" I ever gave that worked was also the only one that was true; recently, I got a call that my wife had been fairly badly injured in a construction site accident, and I was rushing to assist her; was pulled over, officer asked if I had some kind of emergency, and I said, "My wife was just hurt at a jobsite and I have to get to her." He told me to be careful and get on my way. I just wish I'd gotten his name, because I would have liked to send him a bottle of 12 year old scotch.

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Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:46 am

A professional police always keep asking a driver question - What's so urgent? If he believes that your story is true, then he can give a driver a pardon and let a driver go.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:27 am

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 17):
In Ontario, Canada the law if you are caught going 50km/h (approx 30mph) over the limit no matter what the limit is is an onsite vehicle seizure, a 7 day license suspension and a fine up to CAD$10,000. You are deemed to be racing even if its 2am and you are the only car on the road at the time.

That is absolutely ridiculous.

Quoting SCCutler (Reply 19):
Now, older, wiser, or just plain worn-out, I regard traffic stops as a business transaction (as, indeed, most are). I speed, the peace officer pulls me over, treats me with respect (as well he or she should), I return the respect (their job is not one I'd want, and few of the LEO's I know think writing traffic cites is a fun day at the office).

It's a tradeoff. You just have to be good enough at it to make the time saved worth the potential costs.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:13 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 21):
Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 17):
In Ontario, Canada the law if you are caught going 50km/h (approx 30mph) over the limit no matter what the limit is is an onsite vehicle seizure, a 7 day license suspension and a fine up to CAD$10,000. You are deemed to be racing even if its 2am and you are the only car on the road at the time.

That is absolutely ridiculous.

I disagree. Why does anyone need to be going 30 over?
 
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:38 pm

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 22):

I disagree. Why does anyone need to be going 30 over?

You are right and people understand that more when the novelty of driving has worn off.

However my biggest disagreement with this law is that its very black and white on how its been enforced. Doing this on an empty highway shouldn't yield this penalty but should yield a fine,as its not really dangerous to others. However if a dickhead does it in a school zone by all means give them the maximum penalty.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:56 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 9):
The guy got his license suspended for going 28 mph over the speed limit? I hope he had some previous offenses otherwise the laws there absolutely suck.

He didn't get disqualified for going 28mph over the speed limit.. he was driving 28mph over the speed limit when already disqualified!
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:56 pm

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 22):
Why does anyone need to be going 30 over?

To get where you're going.

Quoting stealthz (Reply 24):
He didn't get disqualified for going 28mph over the speed limit.. he was driving 28mph over the speed limit when already disqualified!

That makes more sense.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:04 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 21):
That is absolutely ridiculous.


Don't come to BC then ... 40km/h over will land your vehicle in the impound lot.

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 22):
I disagree. Why does anyone need to be going 30 over?


Don't know about Ontario, but BC has some incredibly ridiculous low speedlimits on our highways.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:19 pm

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 26):
Don't come to BC then ... 40km/h over will land your vehicle in the impound lot.

25 mph over isn't racing, that's a Sunday drive.

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 26):
Don't know about Ontario, but BC has some incredibly ridiculous low speedlimits on our highways.

All of America does. I don't know why a lot of places even bother.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:34 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 27):
25 mph over isn't racing, that's a Sunday drive.

Not according to the law makers over here. But what does one expect from a Province that preaches "Speed Kills" and brainwashes the public on a regular basis that 10km/h the speed limit is instant death.

There was a incident locally last winter when a couple of people got their cars impounded for doing donuts in the snow in an abandonded parking lot late at night ... reason being, they were driving with "undue and attention" and it was considered "street racing"  

Now just add RCMP officers who can't act on common sense with such asinine laws coming out every year and you've got the making of the police state we're becoming.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:57 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 25):
Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 22):
Why does anyone need to be going 30 over?

To get where you're going.

You know what I mean. There are speed limits for a reason
 
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:27 pm

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 17):
In Ontario, Canada the law if you are caught going 50km/h (approx 30mph) over the limit no matter what the limit is is an onsite vehicle seizure, a 7 day license suspension and a fine up to CAD$10,000. You are deemed to be racing even if its 2am and you are the only car on the road at the time.
Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 23):
However my biggest disagreement with this law is that its very black and white on how its been enforced. Doing this on an empty highway shouldn't yield this penalty but should yield a fine,as its not really dangerous to others. However if a dickhead does it in a school zone by all means give them the maximum penalty.

The problem with the "street racing if over 50" law is that the OPP are playing games to "get" people that don't deserve it in any way shape or form.
On the old Hwy 2 west of Paris Ontario, there's this little town. On Hwy 2 the speed limit is 80 kph and many people run at 15 or 20 over the limit along there because it's completely straight through open farm country.
But there's this little rise in the road and just over it is a "hidden" 50 kmph sign and the cop sits right behind that. If you aren't paying close attention, your suddenly 20 over the limit, and then a 30 change in limit and bingo.... they got ya for 50 over and street racing. It's a bullshit location and speed trap but the locals tell me that they get lots of business there.
That's why I'm so dead set against such an arbitrary law and interpretation of it.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:33 am

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 26):
Don't know about Ontario, but BC has some incredibly ridiculous low speedlimits on our highways.

Actually, Ontario is even worse. The limit on undivided highways is mostly 80 km/h, 90 km/h on some. The limit on 400 series highways and the QEW is 100 km/h.

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 29):
You know what I mean. There are speed limits for a reason

Please enlighten us. I'm especially curious why isn't the speed limit outside urban areas set to 85 percentile speed.

Quoting photopilot (Reply 30):
The problem with the "street racing if over 50" law is that the OPP are playing games to "get" people that don't deserve it in any way shape or form.

Some OPP officers allegedly go even further - as far as falsely charging drivers. http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/643161

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 23):
However my biggest disagreement with this law is that its very black and white on how its been enforced. Doing this on an empty highway shouldn't yield this penalty but should yield a fine,as its not really dangerous to others. However if a dickhead does it in a school zone by all means give them the maximum penalty.

I have no problems with strict enforcement within city limits. City streets are really a bad place for speeding. On a second thought, I wouldn't really have any objections against strict enforcement even outside urban areas if the speed limits were realistic. However, they aren't. Speed limits in Ontario, especially on 400 series highways and the QEW are severely under posted.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:42 am

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 26):
Don't know about Ontario, but BC has some incredibly ridiculous low speedlimits on our highways.

100km/h on the 400 series divided highways is standard and 80 or 90 is standard for rural roads. There has been debate about raising them to 120 or 130 but it hasn't been done because the government feels that people will just drive 20 or 30 over that.

Quoting photopilot (Reply 30):
But there's this little rise in the road and just over it is a "hidden" 50 kmph sign and the cop sits right behind that. If you aren't paying close attention, your suddenly 20 over the limit, and then a 30 change in limit and bingo.... they got ya for 50 over and street racing. It's a bullshit location and speed trap but the locals tell me that they get lots of business there.

I think I know this area and most towns on rural roads have traps like this.

Quoting photopilot (Reply 30):
Speed limits and laws should be about promoting safety, not revenue generation.

I agree and the real revenue generation doesn't go to the government but it goes to the auto insurers. I like what they have on the roads in Melbourne where the speed limit sings especially on the freeways is an LED screen so it can be changed depending on conditions.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 27):
All of America does. I don't know why a lot of places even bother.

It's pretty in line with the places around the world I have been to, the max speed limit in Australia and NZ are 110km/h (appox 68mph). In fact my friends car in NZ makes an annoying chime when you exceed 110. The only places I know where there really aren't speed limits are countries without the resources to enforce them and the Autobahn. Then again German people know how to drive cars at high speeds properly and us in North America do not.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 4:34 am

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 28):
There was a incident locally last winter when a couple of people got their cars impounded for doing donuts in the snow in an abandonded parking lot late at night ... reason being, they were driving with "undue and attention" and it was considered "street racing"

What a joke.

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 29):
There are speed limits for a reason

Do you really think North Dakota needs speed limits? There is no reason why one couldn't cruise down much of I-55 at triple digit speeds or near it. Perhaps a little more work on keeping the roads maintained, but a lot of speed limits could be much higher or removed entirely.

Quoting photopilot (Reply 30):
But there's this little rise in the road and just over it is a "hidden" 50 kmph sign and the cop sits right behind that. If you aren't paying close attention, your suddenly 20 over the limit, and then a 30 change in limit and bingo.... they got ya for 50 over and street racing.

When I was 16 a cop insisted I was going 50 in a 30, although the speed limit was actually 55. He let me go with a warning, since the county seat was 24 miles away and that's a long way to drive and see a ticket thrown out in court. About a month later the speed limit on this stretch did change...to 40. Anyway, my dad casually mentioned the incident to the city manager (a real character in his own right) who must've mentioned it to the cop who decided that following me around for at least a few blocks whenever he saw me was a good idea for the rest of the summer.

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 31):
The limit on undivided highways is mostly 80 km/h, 90 km/h on some. The limit on 400 series highways and the QEW is 100 km/h.

Canada is about as empty as it gets, why the hell would you need to hold it down that much in the country?

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 31):
I'm especially curious why isn't the speed limit outside urban areas set to 85 percentile speed.

It's probably only 85th percentile because of the speed limit.

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 32):
Then again German people know how to drive cars at high speeds properly and us in North America do not.

We could learn.
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Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:24 am

Some portions of Interstates in Texas, well outside congested areas, have 80 MPH speed limits. These are stretches of road which are well-maintained and have excellent sight-lines and alignment. I say, "Bravo." Forcing traffic to go more slowly than the natural speed for the road is a very dangerous practice.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:18 am

Don't know about the 'best', but the worst excuse I heard was "Its dangerous to look at the speedometer when driving". Really? So, said Police Constable BJCC, "Those reflective things called mirrors? You never look at those either? That was followed by the driver going in the book, if he couldn't drive and monitor his speedo, then he shouldn't be driving at all, never mind above the speed limit.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:07 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 33):
Canada is about as empty as it gets, why the hell would you need to hold it down that much in the country?

Many reasons, excluding the obvious cash grabs that everyone gripes about. Also most of the population of Canada is along the US border so its far more urban than people think.

A lot of it has to do with the varying weather in Canada and you will have the idiot who tries to sue the government for driving 110 in a snowstorm if he crashes even though its hard enough to get up to the existing limits in snow so its easier to keep the limits low.

Also the roads need to be in better condition to warrant any speed limit over 110 (which I think the rural road and divided highway limits outside of the cities where it should still be 90 or 100.

There is also the argument that going that fast burns an unnessary amount of gas, which is a personal choice.
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Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:36 am

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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 1:35 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 33):
It's probably only 85th percentile because of the speed limit.

I guess a little explanation is in order: The 85th percentile speed is a traffic speed level at or under which 85 percent of persons are driving with law enforcement being absent. For some reason it happens to be the safest speed. Everything under or above is more dangerous. 100 km/h on the 401 between the Tri-Cities and Toronto is approximately the 10th percentile speed. Dangerous that is.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 33):
Canada is about as empty as it gets, why the hell would you need to hold it down that much in the country?

  

You'd expect that, but the truth is different. I remember a service call in Ft. Frances, ON. I drove there from YQT. On 350 kms of road trough swampy forests I met 5 cars and a cop with a radar. Taxpayer's money at work   

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 36):
A lot of it has to do with the varying weather in Canada and you will have the idiot who tries to sue the government for driving 110 in a snowstorm if he crashes even though its hard enough to get up to the existing limits in snow so its easier to keep the limits low.

There is an easy way around it. A simple clause saying: The driver is obligated to drive according to road and weather conditions, his vehicle's condition and according to his own capabilities. Then you can put the stupid, arbitrary speed limits on top of it.

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 36):
Also the roads need to be in better condition to warrant any speed limit over 110 (which I think the rural road and divided highway limits outside of the cities where it should still be 90 or 100.

What the heck you're talking about? Better condition than what? Did you ever drive on the 401 between Toronto and London? What improvements would you want on this one? It's better than most European highways with 130 km/h limit and I dare to say that it's better than many of the limitless stretches of the Autobahn.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:01 pm

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 31):
Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 29):
You know what I mean. There are speed limits for a reason

Please enlighten us. I'm especially curious why isn't the speed limit outside urban areas set to 85 percentile speed.
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 33):
Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 29):
There are speed limits for a reason

Do you really think North Dakota needs speed limits? There is no reason why one couldn't cruise down much of I-55 at triple digit speeds or near it. Perhaps a little more work on keeping the roads maintained, but a lot of speed limits could be much higher or removed entirely.

No, I'm all in favor of having higher speed limits. I think they are too slow. I drive about 7mph over the limit. But 30 over is a blantant disregard for the law and if you are stupid enough to be going that high over and get caught, then I'm all for getting your license suspended (barring your wife having birth or other emergencies.) Most people go 5-10 over, you can accidentally make it to 20 over, but you know you're pushing it when you go 30 over
 
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:14 pm

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 38):
What the heck you're talking about? Better condition than what? Did you ever drive on the 401 between Toronto and London? What improvements would you want on this one? It's better than most European highways with 130 km/h limit and I dare to say that it's better than many of the limitless stretches of the Autobahn.

Numerous times, also I'm not talking about the divided highways per se but mostly rural roads, I should have mentioned that before.

If you want to go there, I worked for a consulting company that does a lot of MTO inspection work and they know that the 401 in that area mainly between Kitchener and Mississauga needs to be reconstructed and also widened. It was just resurfaced but that doesn't fix the problem that the highway needs to be rebuilt because the asphalt will crack in the same places again in a few years. The reality there that closing the 401 would not be possible because of how busy it is.

Kitchener to Woodstock should be finished to six lanes by sometime next year or its almost done so that should be acceptable for some time.
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Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:07 pm

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 36):
A lot of it has to do with the varying weather in Canada and you will have the idiot who tries to sue the government for driving 110 in a snowstorm if he crashes even though its hard enough to get up to the existing limits in snow so its easier to keep the limits low.

People have to have some common sense about these things. You can't go around setting speed limits based on the worst case scenario.

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 38):
The 85th percentile speed is a traffic speed level at or under which 85 percent of persons are driving with law enforcement being absent.

In my experience, interstate and rural speed limits are rarely effectively the 85th percentile. Usually more like 85% are driving over the speed limit.

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 39):
But 30 over is a blantant disregard for the law and if you are stupid enough to be going that high over and get caught, then I'm all for getting your license suspended (barring your wife having birth or other emergencies.)

That is much too harsh a penalty. Make it a fine unless there is actual racing or something going on.
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Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:18 pm

Want to drive as fast as the Germans?
  • Build your roads like the Germans.
  • Maintain your roads like the Germans.
  • Train your drivers like the Germans.


Some of you reading this post probably feel that you and your vehicle of choice can handle high speed driving. Well, that's fine so long as you're being honest with yourself. Personally, I'm good up to about 90. I'd rather save on gas though.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:15 am

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 42):
Some of you reading this post probably feel that you and your vehicle of choice can handle high speed driving.

Often from experience. Yes I know what my car reacts like anywhere between 0-240kph. Because I have explored the car's and my own limits I know exactly what speed feels 'comfortable...' And yes I think that +160kph for most cars is less than ideal (because the manufacturers dial in too much natural understeer, and under engineer the important stuff like suspension/tyres to save money instead of taking out the unnecessary interior gimmicks)

Choosing to save gas is all well and good, as long as you are not in the centre lane at the time - but it's a choice I make day by day, even trip by trip. Individual circumstances change day minute to minute. Some days I'm happy to sit on or above the speed limit, other days I have to go flat out because something unexpected has happened.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:27 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 41):
Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 39):
But 30 over is a blantant disregard for the law and if you are stupid enough to be going that high over and get caught, then I'm all for getting your license suspended (barring your wife having birth or other emergencies.)

That is much too harsh a penalty. Make it a fine unless there is actual racing or something going on.

I suppose. It's one of those things I think is kind of harsh but I won't feel sorry for anyone going that fast over that gets busted hard. It's not like they didn't know they were risking it...
 
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:37 am

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 44):
I suppose. It's one of those things I think is kind of harsh but I won't feel sorry for anyone going that fast over that gets busted hard. It's not like they didn't know they were risking it...

There is always a lot written and said about the "spirit of the law." Obviously, the spirit of the law when it comes to speed limits is keeping traffic safe. Blanket speed limits in the middle of nowhere, arbitrary boundaries for the threshold of racing or reckless driving, impounding cars and suspending licenses when no overtly dangerous acts occurred, low speed limits and subsequent exploitation by municipalities as ATM machines are nothing if not against the spirit of the law as it applies to speed limits.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:06 am

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 2):
The best I've heard ... I'm speeding because I really have to poop

Actually, I saw that on a bumper sticker

This excuse was used in court by Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United and he was aquitted of the charge. Obviously the judge was a Man U fan !!!

We have a solicitor here in the Uk who is known as "Mr loophole" he regularly defends the rich and famous over their motoring offences and generally seems to win. Other excuses his clients have come up with include "being chased by the paparazzi" "I need to drive for my charity work" and "I need my licence so i can look for another job" (footballer on about £30k/week, but obviously couldnt afford a chauffeur)

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 12):
Funeral director I know coming back from a hospital at 2am, got bagged doing 93 in a 65. State trooper walked up to the car PISSSED. Started going off on him for speeding, etc. Funeral director calmly goes "Look, can you just give me a ticket or whatever, I have to get Mrs. so and so back to the funeral home pretty quick" Cop let him go!

My last (and only ever) reprieve came just after I had departed from a nursing home, on phone back to office reporting when I would be back, when I saw the policeman with the radar gun ahead, quickly terminated call, pulled over and waited for the ticket.
Officer approached window, realised from our black gear whio he had pulled over, made what to him probably seemed a funny joke about our client not needing to be in a rush, told me to drive slower in order to avoid one of my own boxes and sent me on my way.


The trigger point for a ticket is usually if you are 10% + 2mph over the limit - 35 in a 30, 46 in a 40, 78 in a 70 etc.
If however you less than 10% + 9mph over the prosecution mark you get the opportunity to go on a speed awareness course

My wife went on the awareness course a few months back, 4 hours of bull**** which is meant to change your driving habits, when everyone in the room is only there to sign the attendance register and avoid the points. You are restricted to one awarness course every three years.

The standard fine is £60 plus three penalty points, the speed awareness course is about £90 but you don't get the points.

12 points in three years gets you a day in court, and a strong possibility of a short driving ban.

Additionally if you are more than about 25mph over the limit, its normally an automatic court appearance rather than a fixed penalty fine. The presumption is that more than 30mph over the limit usually results in a short ban, even for a 1st offence.
 
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Tue Sep 27, 2011 1:44 am

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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:44 am

28mph over?

Not too crazy. I live in the Temecula area.. and was driving back on Domenigoni Rd., leaving Hemet. The speed limit is, IIRC, 55mph.

Everyone was going 80mph or more.

I drove slower than the rest (no need to risk my life), and passed a few cops along the way but they didn't do anything. It seem that in some places, it just doesn't matter what the speed limit is.
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RE: A Good Excuse For Speeding?

Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:22 pm

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