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Old 03-28-2012, 07:40 PM   #21
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Stupid traffic laws are a narcotics cop's best friend.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:15 PM   #22
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I have an interesting story related to this topic:

April 30, 2011(last day of the month), I was a delivery driver for a sandwich shop. It was just past noon, and traffic was really bad in College Station, TX. I was making an unprotected left hand turn back into the store. I noticed the police officer in my rear view, but didn't think anything of it because I was clearly obeying the law(using my turn signal and what not).

Traffic headed the opposite direction was coming to a stop because of the traffic light 100 feet behind me. It is common practice for drivers in oncoming traffic to stop well before the person in front of them and allow someone to execute a left turn. Well this jack *** in a big truck came to a stop in the middle lane blocking the entrance to my store. However, the drivers behind him were giving me plenty of space to complete the turn and even waving me on. I executed the turn, proceeded to park in the parking lot and get out of my car when the cop blocks me in, jumps out of his car with his hand on his gun and screams at me to get back in the vehicle. I obey, and he approaches keeping his hand on his gun as if I am a wanted felon.

He then gives me two tickets. One for "going the wrong way on a two way street", and another one for a "license plate cover obscuring my license plate". He proceeded to explain to me how poor the choices I made that day were and blah blah blah. I pled not guilty to both counts. Showed up in court representing myself. I was very prepared and went through an entire trial by jury including cross examining the officer and catching him contradicting himself and not remembering the position of cars etc., and I was able to capitalize on that during my closing argument.

I was found not guilty on the count of driving the wrong way on a two way street, but I was found guilty for the license plate cover obscuring my license plate (I had a border around it). And I ended up having to pay $300 for that ----...

Anyways, last day of the month a**holes, unspoken quotas, egotistic cops = all true
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:33 PM   #23
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I drive in Egypt, Its fun if you don't care about your car. At the sametime, there is certainly some merit in having "smarter" laws, especially in reference to stop lights/signs and speed limits. Then again, I see some roads around here and I wonder who the F designed this? for example 540 loop around Raleigh...

There is one area where the highway goes from 5 lanes to 3 lanes. It also happens to be on the exit where the largest amount of people merge to go home at rush hour...WHy? For no ------- reason really, it makes no sense.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:39 PM   #24
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For the record I was a military cop. Did 6yrs-->Never wrote a single ticket. Gave lots of warnings, and chewed some idiots out(trust me they needed it). I've arrested quite a few people too. You can't chase your husband around base housing with a kitchen knife screaming you'll kill him and not expect that. Personally, I hate cops as a whole. There are a few, I mean few, that do their jobs as intended to be. Most overexagerate their importance. To be 5mph over the limit in a Miata of sportbike with light weight and good stopping distances isn't a big deal. An Excursion full of people is a tad more unsafe. The speed limits should really be velocity or kinetic energy limits. I speed on the bike everytime I ride it. Sometimes more than less. If I don't continually pass people they tend to not notice me, which gets me run the F over. I drive like an old man compared to me teen years now. But there is a massive difference in destructive power between a Miata and a F350 jacked up on "mudders"


I miss Italy where on a beautiful day they'd just sit on the side of mountain roads and watch the bikes fly by. As long as you didn't blow by at triple digits they really didn't care. You wreck, you die. It ain't they're fault you rode outside of your ability. A buddy of mine lowsided in front of the Caribinari and took out a street sign and a few sprinklers a farmer had there. The cops stopped, checked to make sure we were alright, and yelled/threatened the farmer for his sprinklers watering the road. They said it was the farmers fault. And yes, we were speeding and they knew it. But if the road was dry we would have been fine.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:52 PM   #25
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I drive in Egypt, Its fun if you don't care about your car.
Driving in the 3rd world can be fun when traffic is light enough that you can use other cars as autocross cones.

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I miss Italy where on a beautiful day they'd just sit on the side of mountain roads and watch the bikes fly by. As long as you didn't blow by at triple digits they really didn't care. ... And yes, we were speeding and they knew it.
When was this? I was in Europe recently, and compared to 10 years ago, with the exception of Germany, the populace have been beaten into submission with the infection of speed cameras that started in the UK. I heard that the Italian driving soul is gone. RIP.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:36 PM   #27
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Someone tell me what "one car per green" on on-ramps actually do. And why I feel compelled to obey them in a car, and fly past the lines and through a red light when on my bike.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:20 AM   #28
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Metering lights do work at reducing slowdowns on the freeway. Kind of the same principle as the variable speed limits Europe has to slow traffic down before said traffic reaches stop and go. It eventually "dissipates" the slowdown.

Having said that I think the metering lights only work because drivers are stupid and accelerate and merge slowly, and drivers already on the freeway overslow when someone is merging slowly, instead of changing lanes to the left.
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