Every year, an acquaintance of mine here in Vancouver rented a car to drive with his wife to Santa Fe to visit with a friend there. This one year, the agency didn't have the car he ordered so they upgraded him to a Saab 9000 turbo convertible. He didn't refuse the offer.
They were headed south somewhere in the United States and under a great, wide open sky, he opened up the throttle and the car sailed along the Interstate. Some distance down the road a state trooper pulled him over.
The trooper, according to my ex-trucker acquaintance, was about ten months out of diapers, wearing shiny reflective State Trooper sunglasses. The image of him calling my acquaintance "boy" was a little incongruous but apparently that's what he said when he asked, "Do you have any idea how fast you were goin', boy
"No idea at all, Officer.," he replied back innocently. "I'm from Canada and my speedometer is measured in kilometres an hour only. I have no idea how fast 70 MPH is."
The officer leaned into the car and was stunned by what he saw.
So he offered to escort my acquaintance along the highway for a couple of miles. "When I get to 70 MPH, I'll flash my emergency lights so you know how fast that is, OK
They headed off down the Interstate and a few minutes later, the trooper flashed his lights (at 112 km/h- we all know that) and then, with a wave, dropped back. My acquaintance waved back, kept to the speed limit for about 5 miles and then pinned the throttle without further incident.
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No excuse here- just a good story.
It is from the time when BC
had photo radar. When images were taken of the car, the photo had the speed, location, date, and time of the offence. They were deliberately set so as not to identify the driver. The photo, along with the ticket was then mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
The photo radar was always set up in a (GMC Safari) van. The cameras did their thing, taking pictures of license plates of cars as they sped past from behind while the van sat parked at the side of the road and the police officer inside sat and read the paper or ate doughnuts or napped....
Anyway, a friend of mine parked his beat up old pick up on a side road behind the photo radar van. He snuck up to the back of the van undetected, unbolted the license plate of the photo radar van, took it back to his truck, and bolted it over his own license plate.
He then proceeded to drive around the block, speeding past the photo radar van fast enough to get a ticket several times. He then parked his truck out of sight, snuck up and replaced the license plate on the photo radar van and then drove away in the opposite direction. The cop inside the van never knew what had happened.
Imagine the reaction of the RCMP receiving those speeding tickets in the mail.
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And then finally, no excuse here either...
There was a guy who got a photo radar picture in the mail, along with the ticket.
Since it was only a photo of him speeding, instead of putting an actual cheque in the return envelope, he put a picture of the cheque instead.
A couple of weeks later, he received a second letter from the photo radar enforcement branch. It contained a picture of a pair of handcuffs.
He put the real cheque into the return envelope.
Nice to see there are cops out there with a sense of humour! lol