Driving on the highways.... your "speeding cushion" just got smaller and you might be helping to fill the budget gap.

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    Apr 12, 2010 6:00 AM GMT
    Since I work for a State Department of Transportation, we always get these articles about "road issues" and "funding issues" related to roads, compiled and sent to us. I read this particular article about a week ago and thought ..."WOW...that sucks!" Here is the article....http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-30-speeding-cushion_N.htm
    Essentially it says that many states and city governments are broke and are looking to fill the budget gap any way they can. Many are telling their law enforcement to tighten down on "speeders" and the usual 5-10 mph cushion is being reduced or eliminated to do what is known as "revenue enhancement".....I got a first hand experience with this very tactic.

    On Saturday, 4/10/2010, I was driving from Columbus, Oh to Knoxville, TN, to pick up my sister and nephew and bring them back to Columbus. I crossed the Ohio River from Cincinnati, into KY on I-75/71. Traffic was HEAVY as always....lots of trucks. A trucker was messing with me and kind of "hop-scotching" around me....where he would tailgate at 65 mph, so close that I would loose sight of his bumpers and headlights and then he'd pass me, cut me off and then slow down to 35 or 40, when I would pass him The speed limit on this section is 55 and is going up a steep grade for several miles. after several miles of this, I got tired of his game. I couldn't get into the traffic on the right, as it was B2B and S&G to exit, but the inner most passing lane popped open so I jumped in for about 20 seconds until I was pulled over by a KY State Police officer at MM183. The Speed limit on this section of I-75 was now 65....he gave me a ticket for 70 in a 65.......with traffic in front of me leaving me fast and traffic behind me tailgating and again lost from my mirrors because they were too close....but I got a ticket for 70 in a 65.... $148 ticket. actually to look at the ticket the fine for speeding is $5 and court costs are $143......

    I guess the point is, beware if you are driving, that you may become the next available source of revenue for whatever state or municipality you are driving in. The speed cushion is disappearing so more $$$$ can be generated. the speed limit is THE LIMIT or they are gonna make money on you!....this one isn't even any points on my license, strictly a fine...too bad the roads in KY are still so shifty.....icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 12, 2010 6:09 AM GMT
    My speed cushion is a bit lower than it was a couple years ago when I got popped at 103 in a 65, while accelerating quickly. Oops.
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    Apr 12, 2010 12:54 PM GMT
    Hmm, sounds fishy to me, Sporty. Some years ago on the WVTP (turnpike, or 'treacherous path') I had a blond in a red sports car on her cell phone who kept doing that to me. So as I finally got fed up and passed her up hill below a bend where NO cop in a car could possibly have seen who was speeding, and I got a ticket.
    I fought it, telling the judge about the hop-scotch, the fact she was on her cell and could have been talking to the cop, and how he couldn't have seen me ( I took photos to prove). He bawled out the Trooper and dismissed the ticket.
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    Apr 12, 2010 3:26 PM GMT
    Well.. it does suck to hear it. I'm definitely one of those drivers that drives 5-10mph over the speed limit pretty consistently. I would say I agree with the end result (more speeders being ticketed) even though getting a ticket for going 5 over seems ridiculous. In my old Nova, the speedometer bounced around whenever the car hit light bumps. Sometimes reading a 10mph + or - difference than the speed I was actually at, and would waive back and forth like mad for several seconds. On a bumpy road it was difficult to tell what speed you were at, especially if there was no other traffic to observe.

    And I certainly disagree with a state having such a shady reason to increase the number of traffic violations passed on to the public, such as decreased general revenue. Just doesn't seem right.. I either broke the law, or I didn't. It should be as simple as that.

    Which brings into question.. just how far over IS too far over? 46mph in a 45mph zone? Gimme a break..


    Edit: Apparent if you type out "+ or -" with no spaces in between.. you get one of these ¢ ! Neato...
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    Apr 12, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
    It is true. Highway robbery is on the increase. I would share a story about a friend here but have to go to work icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 12, 2010 6:29 PM GMT
    KentuckyTuss said


    Edit: Apparent if you type out "+ or -" with no spaces in between.. you get one of these ¢ ! Neato...


    Well....I learned something new & useful today,...Thanx!
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    Apr 12, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    I've gotten 2 tickets for going 4mph over the speed limit. Going 59 in a 55....on country roads! That is BS. I dont know how cops in other places are but the fresno cops will pull u over for any and everything to make a buck. They sit around the plushy nice parts of town and write tickets all day, while all the shootings and drug deals are going down over on the southwest side of town lol.

    When I got my new car I had 6 tickets on my record and my insurance was more than my car payment lol. I now have one on my record which drops off in may, so ill have a clean dmv record for once. Knock on wood (looks down at my pants) lol, just hope I can keep the traffic cops away...i should have invested in a radar detector about 5 tickets ago.
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    Apr 12, 2010 6:37 PM GMT
    I predict radar jammers will be a popular item this year. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 12, 2010 7:02 PM GMT
    On Friday I was almost involved in a horrible accident caused by a speeder.

    The guy was speeding and weaving. Got in front of me and suddenly lost control and crashed into the poor soul in front of him. All that happened to the idiot causing the accident was he went off into the middle. The innocent driver in front of him, who could not have known what hit him, flew up into the air at speed, rolled and slid to an eventual stop in the middle of the highway on the door side. He probably will never be the same, even if he survived. If I hadn't braked in time, I could have been dead.

    Don't speed. You are not immortal, and neither are the other drivers you are putting at risk.

  • tennsjock

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    Apr 12, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    contest it. the cop may not even show up in court:
    http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Insurance/InsureYourCar/ItPaysToAvoidaSpeedingTicket.aspx
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    Apr 12, 2010 9:53 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidMy speed cushion is a bit lower than it was a couple years ago when I got popped at 103 in a 65, while accelerating quickly. Oops.


    psh 103.... 105 icon_razz.gif haha but not where there could possibly be any cops...have to b smart about it haha watch the places tht say authorized vehicles on the side of the highway cops are always there
    and to be safe...wait for a car to zoom by u and just follow them they will get the ticket if there is a cop and ur all set haha
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    Apr 13, 2010 12:46 AM GMT
    This is what happens when spending and wasteful spending goes out of control and entitlement programs expanded. Shocker.
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    Apr 13, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    PAstud21 saidThis is what happens when spending and wasteful spending goes out of control and entitlement programs expanded. Shocker.


    Wasteful spending... you mean healthcare right?

    I'd like to see speeding tickets based off personal income. I'll fully support tyrannical police if people like Rush or Beck get pulled over.
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    Apr 13, 2010 12:54 AM GMT
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    PAstud21 saidThis is what happens when spending and wasteful spending goes out of control and entitlement programs expanded. Shocker.


    Wasteful spending... you mean healthcare right?

    I'd like to see speeding tickets based off personal income. I'll fully support tyrannical police if people like Rush or Beck get pulled over.


    Again......This is what happens when spending and wasteful spending goes out of control and entitlement programs expanded.
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    Apr 13, 2010 1:22 AM GMT
    I've done that exact drive from C-bus to Knoxville many times, and I know that stretch you're talking about. I hate that part as well. Haven't gotten a ticket, but I've seen enough people pulled over in that area to know to go slow. Luckily, my truck doesn't like me going much over 65-70, so it helps keep me within the limit.