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Old 11-26-2006, 09:26 AM   #21
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Ok here is a helluva story....

I was returning from LACR (Los Angeles County Raceway) in Bob Palmblad's fairly quick white miata... yes the one that was north of 250 RWHP with a supercharger. Anyway as the owner of a dynoshop, people knew me, especially the mustang crowd.... on the way back I was invited to dinner by them and impromptu dragracing as well. Mind you the two older 5.0's were deep in the 11's and there was no way I could really challenge them but the newer Cobra that was with them I was able to hand it's *** too.

So we're on our way to outback to get some grub and turn down a fairly deserted road as a shortcut behind the automall. A 35 zone with 2 lanes in each direction... naturally the two fast mustangs stage and go, followed by the Cobra and I... The Cobra jumped by 2 lengths but by the end of 2nd gear I had 2 car lengths and was pulling hard.... watching all this from a side street? Yep, a LA County sherriff. Needless to say he pulls out and proceeds to chase us down. Now, We stopped at the stop sign and we were still being hooligans, all sideways, tires squealing, etc. Stop at the traffic light... Lights come on... Of course the little Miata is the car getting pulled over.

Simultaneously across town my fabricator is doing the same shenanigans in a customers Honda and gets popped. He's racing an El Camino, law of nature, the import gets pulled over. So back to my story... The cobra beeps the horn as he rolls by me, knowing that the cop isn't gonna go after him... bastard. The cop asks for license, registration and insurance... This is a customer's car, I have no idea where that is. (I tell him it's a friends car.) He takes my license and runs it. Comes back to the car, and asks me why I am street racing. "I wasn't street racing officer, that was just a little horseplay." Not knowning where he caught sight of me. He explained that he had seen the pass on the back street, and he thought it looked more like street racing but appreciated the legally clever answer. Exhibition of Speed is a lot less money than Street Racing as far as fines go. None the less, he hands me back my license and says, "I'd like you to slow it down a little." Now I NEVER get the warning, NEVER... and here he is giving me a warning after witnessing a 120 MPH pass in a 35 Zone?!? "Yes, Officer" was all I could choke out in disbelief.

Meanwhile, back to my friend with the Honda, he had two warrants for driving with a suspended license. He went to jail, his customer's car got towed, and he had a shitload of fabrication work that he was supposed to do that weekend. They wouldn't let me bring the TIG welder or Plasma cutter to jail for obvious reasons and it took him until Monday afternoon to get out.

Moral of the story... Don't drive a Honda. Just kidding... I got lucky, very lucky. And I got lucky when it really counted. 120 in a 35 would have been big dollars along with the impound fees.

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Old 11-26-2006, 12:04 PM   #22
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120 in a 35 would have been big dollars along with the impound fees.Mark
No kidding! Check out CA code 22348.
22348. (a) Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 22351, a person shall not drive a vehicle upon a highway with a speed limit established pursuant to Section 22349 or 22356 at a speed greater than that speed limit.

(b) A person who drives a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than 100 miles per hour is guilty of an infraction punishable, as follows:

(1) Upon a first conviction of a violation of this subdivision, by a fine of not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500). The court may also suspend the privilege of the person to operate a motor vehicle for a period not to exceed 30 days pursuant to Section 13200.5.
$500 and 30 days suspension! But not nearly as harsh as:

23109. (a) A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway. As used in this section, a motor vehicle speed contest includes a motor vehicle race against another vehicle, a clock, or other timing device. (blah blah)

(b) A person shall not aid or abet in any motor vehicle speed contest on any highway.

(c) A person shall not engage in any motor vehicle exhibition of speed on a highway, and no person shall aid or abet in a motor vehicle exhibition of speed on any highway.

(d) blah blah

(e) (1) A person convicted of a violation of subdivision (a) shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than 24 hours nor more than 90 days or by a fine of not less than three hundred fifty-five dollars ($355) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment. That person shall also be required to perform 40 hours of community service. The court may order the privilege to operate a motor vehicle suspended for 90 days to six months, as provided in paragraph (8) of subdivision (a) of Section 13352. The personís privilege to operate a motor vehicle may be restricted for 90 days to six months to necessary travel to and from that personís place of employment and, if driving a motor vehicle is necessary to perform the duties of the personís employment, restricted to driving in that personís scope of employment. This subdivision does not interfere with the courtís power to grant probation in a suitable case.

(2) If a person is convicted of a violation of subdivision (a) and that violation proximately causes bodily injury to a person other than the driver, the person convicted is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than six months or by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment.

(f) (1) If a person is convicted of a violation of subdivision (a) for an offense that occurred within five years of the date of a prior offense that resulted in a conviction of a violation of subdivision (a), that person shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than four days nor more than six months, and by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).
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Old 11-28-2006, 09:42 PM   #23
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since we are sharing stories

i have to fly back to cayman from england in 2 weeks to appear in court on a dangerous driving charge.

i was in a friends 98 wrx with an assload of sti stuff, zero sports equal length manifold, jun ecu, jun flywheel and clutch, vf23, only running around 6-7psi though (boost controller got stolen at the port). Driving home at 12:30am on a sunday morning passing maybe 2-3 cars for the whole drive. I pass a slow moving DC2 type r on a roundabout and about 2 miles later i come to a stop light. DC2 pulls up, gives me a rev, i think sure ill bite. About 1/2 mile from the light is another small roundabout. I leave him at the lights, reach the roundabout and downshift from the top of 3rd gear (not sure on speed), brake for the roundabout, i leave the roundabout and cruise at 50. The ITR catches up on the road leaving the roundabout and over takes me coming up to a bend, late brakes ontop of some erratic steering and put the car passenger side first into a parked dump truck at 90mph easily (was somewhere in the top of 3rd gear when he passed me).

I'm getting done for dangerous driving which i dont really mind. The passenger died, the driver was drunk and high (so say the police). He is getting death by dangerous driving or vehicular manslaughter along with a host of other charges.

Moral of the story? Don't **** around with people you dont know on the street.
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Old 11-28-2006, 11:48 PM   #24
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I have the knack of getting hit on the stupid crap. Ticket one was an illegal left turn. I went to McDonalds for lunch, and pulled out. The no left turn sign was way back by the building, not the end of the driveway. I never saw it. I noticed a cop come FLYING up on me. I didn't know I had done anything wrong, so I drove normally the 3 blocks back to school. I pull into the school parking lot and BAM, lights go off and I stop. They asked me why I wasn't in school, asked me what I did wrong. Explained that was my school. They didn't care. Got the ticket reduced to something, 0 points $130 fine.

The second one was at my dads house. This 4 lane avenue I had driven on for years all of a sudden had a new stop sign. It was a small one hidden by trees. I didn't know it was there, I saw the cop and went strait through it. He pulled me over and asked what I had done. Explained I didn't know and he told me of the new stop sign. I went back to look and there was another cop car hiding behind the trees just waiting to pick someone off. He drove out of there the second I saw him. They took the sign down 3 weeks later. I went to court with pictures and everything, but the cop didn't show. Got off like I should have, it was an honest mistake.

Thankfully I've had it easy from what I read above.
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:06 PM   #25
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I'm 18, been pulled over 23 times.....gotten ONE ticket..had my car searched like 9 times...because im 18.....20 times was for stupid **** like having a tag light out..or the best one "following too closely AT A STOP SIGN" but again out of 23 times..three were legitimate and i've gotten two tickets
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I'm 18, been pulled over 23 times.....gotten ONE ticket... out of 23 times..three were legitimate and i've gotten two tickets
Which is it, one or two? Still a crazy number of times to be pulled over, you must be doing something to get so much attention
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What, did you blow him or something?
Omg... horrible...
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Hey, you know, you gotta do what you gotta do.
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