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    How To Avoid A Speeding Ticket

    This is not a thread touting the times my Valentine 1 has assisted me in avoiding a ticket (although it certainly has). Instead it is a comment on Victor Cruz's Article How to Avoid A Speeding Ticket. While the Article contains a great deal of valuable information, I must respectfully disagree with one aspect of his advise.

    Mr. Cruz advises that upon being stopped you confess to the alleged violation and save any contest for court. Everything you state to the officer is either being recored on video or will be entered as an annotation on the ticket. It is far more difficult (read virtually impossible) for you (or your lawyer) to deny you were speeding in court if you have admitted the violation to the officer. I obviously agree with Mr. Cruz to remain polite. Confessing to the offense MIGHT convince the officer not to write the ticket, but if you admit the violation you have traded your chances of beating the ticket in court for the chance the officer will not ticket you. Not a trade with good odds in my experience.

    My exchange would go more like this:

    Officer: Do you know why I stopped you?
    Me: No Sir.
    Officer: Do you know how fast your were going?
    Me: I'm pretty sure my speed was not excessive.
    Officer: You were speeding, we clocked you at 70 in a 50.
    Me: I see.

    You have been polite. You have not argued. AND you have not destroyed your chances to beat the ticket in court.
    Last edited by moot; 08-02-2012 at 07:07 PM. Reason: error

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    Don't speed?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71243 View Post
    Don't speed?....


    Huh??????
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    Quote Originally Posted by 71243 View Post
    Don't speed?....

    Now that is the funniest thing I have read today
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    I have used a similar reply when I got stopped by an officer that got a phone call that said I had passed on a double yellow.

    I knew he could not ticket me on the basis of a phone call, but if I admitted it might be able to make it stick. Conversation went like this.

    LEO-Do you know why I stopped you?
    Me- no sir
    Leo- we got a call from a highway crew saying you passed them on a double solid line
    Me- I can assure you I do not make unsafe passes
    LEO- Well they said you passed them and a car over the yellow
    Me- I have been riding a long time and do not take chances, especially with my wife on the back, I value our health and well being too make to make a pass in an unsafe location.


    He did check my papers and as it was in a national park, gave me a written warning, which means nothing.

    For those that know it it was on the 441, through Smokey Mtn park. HUGE wide road, plenty of places for Grandma in a 6 cyl Buick to pass a caravan of tractor trailers, yet pretty much Double yellow from end to end. I think they do it on purpose just to write tickets, Blue ridge parkway is the same.

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    what i do is this, thusly

    "officer, i'm not sure this makes any difference but two of my brothers are policemen and my sister is also. here are their PBA cards."

    nyuck, nyuck

    but usually, my plate just generates a friendly warning and a salute.


    of course, when you ride like the 66 year old fart i am, you don't get stopped much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 71243 View Post
    Don't speed?....
    You trying to get stoned?

    Sadly, this club spends more ink and effort on how to speed than how to ride well.
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    +1 on not speeding, that won't happen. Speeding and changing lanes will get you their fast. Having a radar dectator and getting stopped is a 100% guarantee of a ticket
    One you get stopped, pull OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF ROAD shut down and remove helmet and be polite, gray hair helps in getting a warning

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    Stay with traffic flow and you'll be fine. And don't ride behind Kevin when he's in the left lane.
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    There is the possibility that many speed limits are unrealistically low. I remember hearing that some state laws say that speed limits should be based on the average measured speed of drivers using the road. The presumption being that the average citizen isn't a total fool.

    I'll betcha even former LEO's exceed the speed limits sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t6pilot View Post
    +1 on not speeding, that won't happen. Speeding and changing lanes will get you their fast. Having a radar dectator and getting stopped is a 100% guarantee of a ticket
    One you get stopped, pull OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF ROAD shut down and remove helmet and be polite, gray hair helps in getting a warning

    Well I said it somewhat tongue-in-cheek, forgot the smiley .

    But honestly I've tried speeding, in overall time for a trip {IMO} it's really not that much of a time saver. And again {IMO} it just tires me out more.

    So, mostly I stick close to the posted limit, cheat a little in open country.

    And the cost of ticket, points on license , and now insurance companies adding premium rates for a year after the offence .....too me it's just not worth it.

    Not besmirching anyone, or saying do it my way,...just explaining.

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    I find gray hair gives you a better chance of getting out of the ticket once you are pulled over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71243 View Post
    I've tried speeding, in overall time for a trip {IMO} it's really not that much of a time saver. And again {IMO} it just tires me out more.
    What you said is true if you are just speeding to get there faster, which may apply when I'm in my car on the interstate for hours at a time. But on my RS, speeding is a incidental to riding the bike in a way that produces the most enjoyment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jogitu View Post
    I find gray hair gives you a better chance of getting out of the ticket once you are pulled over.
    Uhhhh, no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkM View Post
    What you said is true if you are just speeding to get there faster, which may apply when I'm in my car on the interstate for hours at a time. But on my RS, speeding is a incidental to riding the bike in a way that produces the most enjoyment.
    That I understand And I hope ya never get caught

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