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So I'm out running my errands and it's a nice day so I take the 308. I'm heading down the major road in Topsham and there is a wide-load being escorted and going real slow. I take a side street that is a little short cut and figure I'll get ahead of him. I pull back onto the main road, ahead of the wide-load and I hear sirens. I look in the rear-view and see the flashing lights of a police car. The Jeep in front of me pulls to the side of the road and I pull to the side of the road also figuring the cop car is going to go around me off to some crime scene somewhere.

Nope, he pulls in behind me, evidently I'm the crime scene. Shit! What did I do? 5 1/2 years I've owned this car and this is the first time I've been pulled over. The policeman walks up to the car, asks me for my license and registration and says, "I realize this is a hot car but do you know that there is a speed limit on that street you were just on?" I said, "Yes officer, but I don't think I was speeding." Crap! Why did I say that? He knows I was speeding and now I just pissed him off. It has been 10 years since I last talked to the police so I'm out of practice. He walks around to the front of the car then goes back to his car to run my license and I'm thinking that I'm getting a speeding ticket and he just noticed that I don't have a front license plate and he's going to write me up for that too.

After a few minutes he comes back to my car and I notice that he's just carrying my license and registration, no ticket book. Whew! He hands them back to me and says, "Consider yourself lucky; if I had you on radar I'd be writing you a ticket right now."

"Yes sir. Thank you, officer, I'll watch my speed." And he followed me right out of town. I guess next time I have to go through Topsham I'll take my truck.
 

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You degenerate !

Oh, nice going, Capt. Pete. Shall we make this a thread for funny speeding ticket stories? Everybody's got to have at least one. -Steve
 

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Glad you escaped Capt. Pete. Steve - Actually, I hate to start off the speeding stories with my case, but not only have I never rec'd a speeding ticket, I've actually never even been pulled over for speeding!! Hard for me to believe too, since I'm sure I'm in the top 5% of aggressive drivers, and I ALWAYS speed between 5 and 10 over unless conditions are bad (or school zones).

So I hope I don't get kicked off this list before I get my next Ferrari... I'm sure I'll have my work cut out for me then.:drive: Big Camera (aka Brother) is watching.....

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You were lucky Pete, the cop took the common sense approach, something which is sadly lacking in the UK. We have speed camera's everywhere and the cops have adopted a zero tollerance policy. I'm sure the local Police Authorities see speeding tickets as a huge source of revenue.
My attitude now is that I won't speed in any 20,30, 40 or 50 MPH zone. However, the tempation is still there on open roads or motorways where there aren't any camera's, but you need to look out for unmarked Police cars.
In my 21 yr driving career, I've only had 3 tickets which can't be too bad:
1990 - 47 in a 30 zone
1994 - 98 on a 70 MPH motorway
1999 - 40 in a 30 zone.
My licence is currently clean and I intend to keep it that way.
 

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Your my hero...

Did you bat your eyes at him?

The only warning I ever got was "if you do that again you'll get the ticket AND I'll kick your ass"
 

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Hahaha. You got off that one easy, make sure you make a donation to your local worshiping site.

Oh yea and BTW, did you clean your underwear when you got home from that scare ya had.
 

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that one was easy, Pete hehehehehe

much worse in Brazil, where we have to watch out for bandits that pretend to be cops, so they pull you over to steal you =P very tense, specially for people driving fancy cars (and remember, any Mercedes is fancy in Brazil)
 

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(and remember, any Mercedes is fancy in Brazil)
Any Mercedes is fancy in Maine too. The standard for "fancy" up here is a Chevy Monte Carlo. The average car is a pickup truck with a gun rack. Not too many bandits would like to to try and stop you to steal that.
 

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Lucky you...

I guess he wasn't expecting a car to be speeding down that street and wasn’t prepared for radar...

A cop friend of mine said to me once, if you get pulled over, make sure you have your license and registration ready for when the officer arrives and say nothing but ‘Hello officer” and it’s usually less painful, and when he/she said you did something wrong, do not argue, just apologies and most of the time they let you go with just a warning.


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A cop friend of mine said to me once, if you get pulled over, make sure you have your license and registration ready for when the officer arrives and say nothing but ‘Hello officer” and it’s usually less painful, and when he/she said you did something wrong, do not argue, just apologies and most of the time they let you go with just a warning.


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I wish it were so in the UK, the cops here see it as their duty to wage a vendetta against motorists, and an opportunity to empty a drivers wallet. I'm sure they must be on a commission.
 

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1. Just as cop comes up to your car, yell..."Just put it on my tab."

2. When asked for your license, ask "Would it help if I slip a donut under my license?"

I've done both and got a smile but it may depend on his sense of humor.
Might? Heck, it's worth a gamble.
 

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We were at a funeral in Finland 3 weeks ago.
To save time getting to Finland I got us a flight from Sweden to Finland and a rental car from the airport to the funeral.

I said to the rental company, “I would like a fairly big car like a Volvo S80 or something similar”.
I got a brand new Chrysler C300. Fantastic car to drive.

And those of you, who have driven a C300, know that you have no idea that you are driving about 15-20 mph faster than you think you are until you look at the speedometer.

Half way from Helsinki to the town where the funeral was I saw a flash. The Finnish government had just taken a picture of me with one of their speed surveillance cameras.

Bad for me is that this is a test area in Finland where they are testing a zero tolerance policy.
So 1 mph over the speed limit gives a warning.
About 3 mph gives you a ticket of 85€ (120 $)and 7 mph is 100€ (140 $).

God for me is that one of my friends in Finland is a police and he told me they would probably not bother searching for a foreigner speeding with a rental car unless the speed was to high.

Second bad thing is that if they bother finding me, it can get pretty expensive. About 10 mph over the speed limit is considered a big crime, and the size of the speeding ticket will depend on my income and how much to fast I was driving. My friend has already written a ticket to a woman who was driving much faster than the speed limit, he didn’t say how fast she was, but the total amount the lady had to pay was about 22.000€.
 

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Ferrari 360 speeding

My best friend owned a 360 (he has a SL55 AMG now) two years ago, and he's a real street-michael-schumacher-pedal-to-the-floor-speeding-guy. He loves speed and using his cars properly. This one time during a calm Sunday evening a summer in Stockholm, we took the 360 for a drive. Or I should call it blast, in Stockholm's suburbs. On a twisty two-lane road, with a long straight we were doing 260km/h+ (that's around 160mph I think) and just when we slowed down for a red light a police van shows up and pulls us over. I thought I was going to get a heartattack, 260km/h in Sweden is jail for a month or so. I wasn't driving but felt really sorry for my friend. Two female :) cops steps out and says there had been calls to the station about a red sports car driving wildly. And my friend says the most odd answer I've heard - "This is a Ferrari, not a Porsche". ???, what in the name of God did he mean by that? Anyway it worked. The female cop who was talking to us smiled and let us continue drving with a warning that they will be watching us that night. We were so happy that we didn't got busted, but we did learn that you can't drive fast around town areas. I mean FAST. Don't do it, you can get busted hard. Have a guy I know who went to jail for reckless driving. He was doing 220km/h...
/Hazte
 

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I'm calling the cop out on this one. A 308 looks fast parked, he pulled you over solely because of the car. Notice the tag line, "If I had you on radar I'd be writing you a ticket" meaning I didn't have you on radar and I assumed you were speeding. If I try to fill out a ticket the judge and prosecutor are going to know I'm an idiot.
 

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I'm calling the cop out on this one. A 308 looks fast parked, he pulled you over solely because of the car. Notice the tag line, "If I had you on radar I'd be writing you a ticket" meaning I didn't have you on radar and I assumed you were speeding. If I try to fill out a ticket the judge and prosecutor are going to know I'm an idiot.
I like the way you put that, Andrew.
 

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Update - My neighbor was over today and we were sharing a beer and he was talking about how the State Police were cracking down on commercial vehicles and were stopping them and weighing them and I said that I got pulled over in Topsham last week for speeding. He said, "Was it ****?" (I won't print his name). I said, "I don't know, I didn't get his name." But I described him and he said, "Yeah! That's ****! That's my wife's son! Well, when I see him I'll have to give him a hard time about pulling my neighbor over! Christ, ****, you've got this guy so scared he won't take his car out of the garage! I'll tell him you're a decent guy and he needs to leave you alone."

You gotta love small towns!
 

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hehehehehehe so you're good to go again! great!

celebrate stretching the 308s legs =D
 

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The cop wanted to check out the 308. With zero exotics in that area, you are the find of the century.

He had no other way to see your car up close unless he pulled you, hence your "warning."
 

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I wish it were so in the UK, the cops here see it as their duty to wage a vendetta against motorists, and an opportunity to empty a drivers wallet. I'm sure they must be on a commission.
This is why America waged war on the mother country, ie, taxation without representation. Looks like not much has changed over there since. Traffic "laws" are exactly a backdoor tax, with the "1984" Orwellian Big Brother policy of cameras a means to this end.

By the way, I love England. It's a beautiful land. But I fear that Europe is the model for the next decade insofar as privacy violation potential, with the good ol cop on a rural American road who says "I'll let you off with a warning.. be careful next time..." a thing of extinction. It will just be the "Stazi" cop.
 

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Things have got much worse in the UK since we had our left wing Government (Blair and latterly Brown), the Stazi comparison isn't far off. The main reason why Britain has the lowest unemployment of all the major world economy's is that half the population are employed to check up on the other half. There are estimates that 50% of the world'd CCTV camera's are in the UK.
But it's not just the motorist who get's it in the UK, every sector of business is over regulated. Health & Safety laws, all kinds of discrimination rules, employees rights, Government watchdogs for everything. They claim it's all EU directives, rubbish, I travel around Europe frequently, and none of the other EU countries have anything like the same regulation we have. It's just a con, another tax on business and the public designed to keep employment levels high.
 
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