Speed Traps

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  1. Salty

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    Why not? I do not see it as taking advantage of speeders and law abiding citizens have nothing to fear.

    When I was a kid there were towns in the South that had a reputation for laying in wait for out-of-town folk. The rumor was it helped balance the towns budget and keep the police in beer. Don't know if this was true or not.
     
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    Let's just let freedom handle it...

    Citizens are free to share where the traps are;
    police are free to move the traps.

    I don't speed, so I don't care.
     
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    Don't break the law and there is no issue. :thumbs:

    I think the police have every right to catch people speeding however they want.
     
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    So if the police only want to ticket blacks - that would be okay?
     
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    Are you implying that only African Americans speed?
     
  7. Salty

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    First of all I do not know what you mean by an "Africian americia"
     
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    Nope - that would not be OK.

    I got caught in a trap once and MAN was it a good one. Interstate, large hill, come over the hill and there's an old broken down Pinto on the left hand side of the road. Looks broken down so I continue on my way. As I pass it, I see the cop in the passenger seat with the radar gun and an open radio. About a 1/4 mile down the road is about 10 cops standing there pointing to the cars that they heard over the radio and flag them down to send them to the side of the road. They had about 15 cars lined up. When the cop came to my car, I just said "MAN, that was a good trap!" and he laughed. He dropped 10 mph off my ticket so I was caught for 67 mph. LOL Of course I was seriously going along with the traffic and was actually one of the slower drivers. (limit was 55) I've not sped again - without someone right in front of me. ROTFL - Just kidding....kind of.
     
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    Salty, did you ever get one of those tickets in the mail in Germany? I had this lime green BMW 1502 that was way too photogenic. madre and I were heading to Giessen one afternoon and I got pulled over for doing 120 kph in a 75. Had to pay the DM40 fine on the spot. The ones they mailed to you were a lot more. I had an NSU Prinz that was so slow it wasn't allowed on the Autobahn.

    I make a living by driving. I cannot afford to get points on my license so I am careful about my speed. Driving for a living also affords you the opportunity to observe a lot of other drivers. I just have one thing to say; HANG UP AND DRIVE!

    ...but that would be a topic for another thread. Here's another observation: most people do not drive half as well as they think they do. Speed amplifies their shortcomings. I just have one more thing to say; HANG UP, SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE!
     
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    Speed traps when fairly implemented are not a problem. The problem is when law enforcement tries to create a situation where a person unfamiliar with an area will fall victim to rapid speed reductions. Such is the case of a couple of small towns here in FL. As you come into the town (via the highway), they drop the speed from 55 to 45 to 35 and I believe even down to 30 in some cases. This is done very rapidly and obviously done with the intent to catch people that may miss one of the speed limit signs.
     
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    120 is really fast on cobblestone. :laugh: The BMW was the quickest car I drove over there but our Mercedes- 280S was the fastest. It would do 240 kph with the sunroof closed (215 with it open). CAUTION: Quick math lesson:

    Take the speed in kilometers per hour (240) multiply it by .62 That should give you around 148 miles per hour. That car would run at speed all day long. Never once got a ticket in it but that little BMW was a ticket waiting to happen.... I earned every one I got in that car. It doesn't matter how I got them. They used traffic cameras a lot in Germany. If I wanted to reduce the number of tickets I got I could have used the pedal in the middle instead of always being on the gas.
     
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    :laugh: :rolleyes: I see, that speaks volumes. :wavey:
     
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    I believe that Big Brother should initiate any occasion against the brotherhood that haunt the Chestnut tree Cafe. Only dissidents would persue a corse of action against the safety and intent of Oceania. This is a perfect example of crimethink and of all crimethinkers. Speed traps are really brotherhood speak for crimestop. once caught at a speed trap for disobeying the Oceanic laws for travel the crimethinker should be sent to Joy Camp culminating in a visit to room 101 where they become an unperson for their ungood. You really should pay attention to the teledep.
     
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    Once again, not answering the question :BangHead:
     
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    If I can't speed, I don't want anyone else to do it. :laugh: I always seem to get caught while others get away with it. Actually, I haven't had a speeding ticket since 1979. I've had people cross a double yellow line to go around me even though I was 5 miles over the speed limit. I've been tailgated in a residential area even though (again) I was 5 miles over the speed limit.

    One time when a woman tailgated me in a residential area, I slammed on my brakes and then gunned it before she could hit me. She backed way off after than.

    I HATE being tailgated since I NEVER drive UNDER the speed limit. I usually do about 5 miles over. If that isn't good enough for them, they can go around if possible. Tailgating me only causes me to either hit my brakes or slow down to irritate them more. Of course, they might be one of those people who carry a gun in the car and aren't afraid to use it. :eek:

    I've had people flip their middle finger at me--indicating either their age or their IQ-- I haven't figured out which.
     
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    Exactly ! I always want to know what the motive is. Is the "speed trap" meant to have safe highways, or is it simply a way to raise revenue for the town?
    In the 1970's Nolanville, Tx (near Ft Hood) was well know as
    a speed trap. Info from Wikipedia - here is what the Commanding General did
    PHP:
     because of its reputation as a speed trap
    the commanding general of Fort Hood declared Nolanville 
    off
    -limits to all military personnelMaps of routes around 
    Nolanville were posted in all company offices
    .
    Nolanville's population was 1,050, 1,726 in 1988 and 1,834 in 1990
    and they had somewhere in the realm of a dozen full time cops and a dozen part time (many off duty Army MP's) cops.

    If I remember correctly, 60 minutes did a show about the Nolanville speed trap.

    Also keep in mind that speeding and excessive speed are not necessarily the same thing.
    Another problem I have is that speeding and seat belts are the two main laws that are enforced. There are many other situations that need better enforcement.
    Keep in mind - speeding and seat belts are easy stops for cops to make.

    Some are saying that if it is the law then just obey it.

    How about this: you get stopped, your car it towed, you get a $5,000 fine and whatever it costs to recover your vehicle + you are responsible to get your own transportation from the point of infarction.
    Now that would probably stop all speeding.
     
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    Don't speed in Starke on your way to Gainesville!
     
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    You don't speed in our small town. It's not a speed trap though, as most people know this. Each of the speed limit signs explicitly state "Strictly Enforced" and they aren't kidding. Even the police web site states "one of the priorities the community has identified is reducing the amount of speeding within the residential areas." It's a good thing too, as many motorists like to zip through the residential areas to avoid the traffic on the main thoroughfares.
     
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    No safe driver would pull such a boneheaded stunt. Would have served you right if she drove right up your....uh....differential.
     

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