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  • I wish I had a radar detector!

    I was on my way to Montreal for spring break. I'm cruising down the NY thruway, conditions are beautiful, the car is handling well, and nobody was around so i wasn't really paying attention to how fast i was going. That is until I looked in my rearview mirror and there was a trooper following me. He claims he clocked me at 106 (unlikely since the governer in my civic cuts the fuel at 100) and slapped with a ticket for going 41 over as well as a ticket for reckless driving. He hauled me to the Schroon Lake court room (he had to cuff me "for his safety") where I was arraigned and released for a bail of $1050. Now i'm told that if i'm convicted I will loose my license, go to jail for up to a year, and be kicked out of college. All for speeding...

    Well, just thought i'd share my story. Partly as a warning to others and partly cause i'm looking for some comforting words after a hard trip.

    - Cobelli

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    Are you sure about the governor? I've had a stock civic well above 105.
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    • #3
      was it your first offence of any kind?

      not sure why they would kick you out of college....
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      • #4
        You're going to want to maybe come up with some proof about that fuel cut in your Civic. I wish you the best of luck....oh and get a lawyer right now.

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        • #5
          I'm not at my house right now, but send me an IM and I can talk to you about it. My uncle was a lawyer and now he's a judge, so he might be able to give you some good advice.

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          • #6
            dont speed and you wouldnt have this problem or a need for a radar detector
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            • #7
              oh man..that almost happened to me once. i was going 83 in a 45 (38 mph over) and the cop told me if i was goin two mph faster i would be in jail. got off with some community service and small fine. no biggie. that threat they made to you is the maximum you could get, so as long as your record is otherwise ok i doubt youll be getting the maximum punishment. and like FailedSenses said...get a lawyer. and good luck.

              on the topic of radar detectors...they are a waste of money. i've never owned one, but everyone one i know who does, has atleast one speeding ticket while using it. false security. if your radar detector can pick up the cop's radar, the cop's radar can catch you. so, if your radar detector is beeping, its most likely too late. at the very least, he will see you slamming on your breaks and just make up some number and say you were speeding. which brings up a good point. you can ask to see the radar if you dont believe the number.

              anywho, long story short...personal opinion: its better to try and keep a sharp eye.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kmccann
                you can ask to see the radar if you dont believe the number.
                Myth. The cop does NOT have to show you.
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                • #9
                  I live here, in Montreal, Quebec and I wish people could go to jail for overspeeding.. law is too smooth here

                  And radar detectors are illegal !
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                  • #10
                    I don't actually wish I had a radar detector, i wish i wasnt stupid enough to speed. However it is rediculous that I could go to jail for it. Take away my license, but jailtime is a punishment unfit for the crime

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                    • #11
                      wow man that sucks *** if its ur 1st offence u cant get jail time i know that forsure my friend was doin 140 he just got a bigass ticket--- why would they kick u out of college for speeding??

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Cobelli
                        I don't actually wish I had a radar detector, i wish i wasnt stupid enough to speed. However it is rediculous that I could go to jail for it. Take away my license, but jailtime is a punishment unfit for the crime
                        Oh, and don't forget Fifi the 25 stone biker from hell waiting in the jail showers for some new blood to pick up the soap. That's rough just for speeding.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cobelli
                          I was on my way to Montreal for spring break. I'm cruising down the NY thruway, conditions are beautiful, the car is handling well, and nobody was around so i wasn't really paying attention to how fast i was going. That is until I looked in my rearview mirror and there was a trooper following me. He claims he clocked me at 106 (unlikely since the governer in my civic cuts the fuel at 100) and slapped with a ticket for going 41 over as well as a ticket for reckless driving. He hauled me to the Schroon Lake court room (he had to cuff me "for his safety") where I was arraigned and released for a bail of $1050. Now i'm told that if i'm convicted I will loose my license, go to jail for up to a year, and be kicked out of college. All for speeding...

                          Well, just thought i'd share my story. Partly as a warning to others and partly cause i'm looking for some comforting words after a hard trip.

                          - Cobelli
                          That trooper is rediculous or you must have argued with him. Most cops dont write you that high of a ticket even if you are doing such speeds. I think he went all out on you. I'm guessing that highway was a 65. Traffic moves at an average of 80-85 on interstate travel. I doubt the speed limiter story will change things, use another excuse(cause its like ok you're trying to argue that you're going 100 not 106), which is still screwed up.
                          When you go into court, tell them that you weren't going 100, u were doing like 90 or something(with a straight *** face).
                          There are many excuses, do research but dont admit even 100.

                          my friend gave some excuse about his wheel size messed up his speedometer, so he didnt know.(so they gave him lesser fine).

                          Another(from europe) said that he didn't know that mph was bigger than kmph(same result lesser fine)

                          Its all about money and the psychology you tackle the situation with.
                          First you have to admit you were speeding and that you are truly sorry, you wouldnt recommend such a thing, but there was a sad reason for your speeding, however you didn't hit 106. Also the troopers usually have a plead deal for you.(depending on the emotional state between u and him).
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                          • #14
                            Damn, going to jail for speeding, thats strict.

                            You know, you shouldnt really be speeding in public road.

                            For anyone who like to speed, just go on the race track. You find that you are not that brave after all...and not as good a driver you thought you were.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kmccann

                              on the topic of radar detectors...they are a waste of money. i've never owned one, but everyone one i know who does, has atleast one speeding ticket while using it. false security. if your radar detector can pick up the cop's radar, the cop's radar can catch you. so, if your radar detector is beeping, its most likely too late. at the very least, he will see you slamming on your breaks and just make up some number and say you were speeding. which brings up a good point. you can ask to see the radar if you dont believe the number.
                              You dont own one. How can you comment on something you dont own/use? Radar dectectors arent ticket free device's.

                              I wish I had the money to produce a radar dectector. Like the V1/Escort/Bel etc. Theirs big bucks in selling dectectors!
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