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Old 10-21-2014, 01:42 PM   #71
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I read once that a German auto magazine did an experiment. Over a 1000km road course they had 2 drivers. One to carefully drive and follow all limits while the other was to drive as aggressively as conditions permitted. ( and yes, autobahn's in Germany have no speed limit over most of their routes). So the end result over the course was the aggressive driver arrived at the end 20 minutes ahead. My point being, is it worth it ???

I also recall a bumper sticker, " I may be slow but I'm ahead of you". So, drive carefully, drive defensively and most of all drive to the conditions.

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Old 10-21-2014, 07:14 PM   #72
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Radar detectors are not allowed in Va. and D.C. I don't know whether owning them is illegal or using them is. A number of Canadian provinces and territories prohibit using them and in some owning them is also illegal. I think Yukon and Ont. prohibit ownership.

There are always speed traps somewhere and they sometimes target out of state drivers. I think Jessup, Ga., is one of the most famous. That's where you need a radar detector.

As for the concealed carry permit—Michigan law is cited and I think all of the traffic offenses listed are probably misdemeanors. They are in Colorado. Most traffic offenses are violations and technically not "crimes". That's the difference.

In the original situation, I would have checked with the county or district prosecutor's office to figure out who to talk to or contacted the state Attorney General's office. With a couple of former Utah AG's in a lot of trouble now, they may not be available.

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Old 10-24-2014, 12:28 PM   #73
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Husband had amassed over $400 in parking tickets when we lived in Chicago. We moved to California, and, guess what? Illinois found us and sent us a bill. We paid it.
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:30 AM   #74
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I'm not sure about your home state but some states including Texas are notified if you have a failure to appear warrant issued. Texas sends out renewal notices for your drivers licenses there is a code number on the upper corner of that notice that tells the clerk that there is a warrant issued and from who. You will be placed under arrest at that point. Don't ask me how I know :-)
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:49 AM   #75
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I love finding old threads that were resurrected! Many moons ago, when I was young (and foolish and impatient), I zoomed about with glee. Somehow, I only managed to have a couple of those roadside interrogations (" DO YOU KNOW HOW FAST YOU WERE GOING!!!), and more importantly only received one ticket (going 25MPH in a 22MPH Zone. Yes, Really 22MPH!). I got away with a lot. But that was 35-40 years ago. Traffic since then has quadrupled. These days I drive 3-5 under the limit in the slow lane. I spend less on fuel and brakes. I watch all the folks go zooming by me at full warp doing 15-20 MPH over. I guess they flunked 2nd grade and simply don't understand what the word LIMIT means! When I was young and foolish, I didn't either, but many of these folks are older than me!
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:08 PM   #76
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Husband had amassed over $400 in parking tickets when we lived in Chicago. We moved to California, and, guess what? Illinois found us and sent us a bill. We paid it.
Back in the 1960's it was normal to ignore parking tickets in NYC. I got a few while attending grad school in Manhattan and still haven't paid them. Those were the days when you could triple park and mostly get away with it. It was the alternate side of the street parking that got me a few times.

I drive slower (but not slow) than I used to. One reason is life is more precious when there's less of it. The other is towing a trailer around has made me more cautious.

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Old 11-09-2014, 05:44 PM   #77
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There was a recent article in the Canadian newspapers about how serious it is to get a ticket in the US and not pay it or have a lawyer or alternate attend a court date. If you are a NEXUS holder you now have a record and will lose those privileges. You can be detained at the border when trying to cross and treated like any other criminal who has failed to appear. The best option, drive within the legal limit, the alternative, pay the fine as soon as you receive the ticket and there is no issue.

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B.C. drivers who ignore U.S. speeding tickets facing fines, jail - BC | Globalnews.ca
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Can we Americans ignore Canadian speeding tickets?

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....There are always speed traps somewhere and they sometimes target out of state drivers. I think Jessup, Ga., is one of the most famous. That's where you need a radar detector...Gene
Ah, so you are justifying my position. As long as you obey the speed limits you have nothing to fear. A speed trap is a place where they consistently enforce the speed limits posted. Nothing really unfair about that. I do think there are places where the police sit at the bottom of a hill and ticket you when not doing the 30 MPH when you are two feet past the sign even though you are slowing down. Ask me how I know this.

Get a radar detector so you can avoid getting a ticket when you are breaking the law. I stand by my original statement. I will also challenge anyone to explain why you need a radar detector if you have no intention of breaking the law. Anyone who has a radar detector mounted is overtly saying that they will drive well above any limit posted anywhere. It is up to them to make the laws on the highways when it comes to maximum speeds. A pretty scary position to take on the large scale.
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Ah, so you are justifying my position. As long as you obey the speed limits you have nothing to fear. A speed trap is a place where they consistently enforce the speed limits posted. Nothing really unfair about that. I do think there are places where the police sit at the bottom of a hill and ticket you when not doing the 30 MPH when you are two feet past the sign even though you are slowing down. Ask me how I know this.

Get a radar detector so you can avoid getting a ticket when you are breaking the law. I stand by my original statement. I will also challenge anyone to explain why you need a radar detector if you have no intention of breaking the law. Anyone who has a radar detector mounted is overtly saying that they will drive well above any limit posted anywhere. It is up to them to make the laws on the highways when it comes to maximum speeds. A pretty scary position to take on the large scale.
The speed traps also tend to have a sudden and dramtic drop in the limit with no advanced warning, like 55 to 30. Technically, in the US, the uniform traffic code practices require an advanced warning of any reduction of more than 5 mph, but in these small towns where tickets are the primary revenue stream, the judge does not throw out the case as it should be....
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They will also ticket you for 2-mph over. Even in dead of night. I don't speed at all, but this is not at all a safety issue. A speed trap is nothing but revenue raising.


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Ah, so you are justifying my position. As long as you obey the speed limits you have nothing to fear. A speed trap is a place where they consistently enforce the speed limits posted. Nothing really unfair about that. I do think there are places where the police sit at the bottom of a hill and ticket you when not doing the 30 MPH when you are two feet past the sign even though you are slowing down. Ask me how I know this.

Get a radar detector so you can avoid getting a ticket when you are breaking the law. I stand by my original statement. I will also challenge anyone to explain why you need a radar detector if you have no intention of breaking the law. Anyone who has a radar detector mounted is overtly saying that they will drive well above any limit posted anywhere. It is up to them to make the laws on the highways when it comes to maximum speeds. A pretty scary position to take on the large scale.
Not to gainsay your larger point (that driving at or below the limit avoids the problem entirely) your point that I emphasized in bold+italics is simply not supportable. Owning a radar detector does not mean I will drive "well above any limit posted anywhere" any more than owning an umbrella means I will carry my umbrella open above my head every time I walk outside.
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In Il. they can only reduce speed 10mph from max mph advance warnings and footage apply except in school zones. Also from Ind to Ohio turnpike the gestapo will set on Ohio state line ticket anything over speed limit as Ohio has lower limit than Ind.
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