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Old 10-26-2000, 07:53 PM   #1
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Have a Nice Day? Busted by Smokey on Taconic Pkway NY

Looking for the owner of the Black RS who got busted by State Troopers on 10/25/00 on the Taconic State Parkway NY. He blew by me at least +30 mph in 55 mph zone. You got company, I was busted for 80 in 55 two days earlier. See you in court! Anyone else nailed lately? Looks like that of the month for the PD.

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Old 10-27-2000, 05:28 AM   #2
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Yup. I got busted for going about that on route 84 on my way to the taconic. I've noticed the last couple of months, primarilly at the end of the months, the troopers have been thick on the interstates in Fairfield and Westchester counties.

Keep alert out there!!

EDIT:: I should clarify: I'm not the driver of a black RS. I drive a silver RS, but got busted in Pilot's blue RS. DOH!!!

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Old 10-27-2000, 06:14 AM   #3
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Hmmm... I should look out then. I've been waaaay to comfortable keeping in the 87-100 MPH range.
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Old 10-27-2000, 07:41 AM   #4
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LOL... Yeah, Chuck. I know what you mean. I spend so much time on the interstates, that I'm quite comfy cruising at over 80mph. And when there is no traffic by way of my commute...
Another thing I've noticed is that I'm a much safer driver when I'm driving faster... I can hear the arguments coming now, but hear me out. When I drive faster, I pay more attention for several reasons: First, I'm aware of my velocity so I'm looking out for Troopers and Vennison.(sp?) There is potential for disaster if I encounter either of those. Second, I'm very aware that with the higher speeds, there is increased risk, and the unexpected (blown tire, animal, out-of-control car) can happen very quickly. I'm always scanning way ahead down the road, typically as far as my line of sight permits. And thirdly, I am more aware of what the car is doing underneath me... So that I can anticipate when something might fail.
Unfortunately, if I drive at the interstate speed limits of 55-65, I don't pay nearly enough attention. The radio, scenery, hot chicks... they all become a distraction, and I find myself paying more attention to other stuff rather than on driving.

Safe motoring!

-Tom
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Old 10-27-2000, 08:47 AM   #5
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You put it quite well Tom. I live directly off of the the Taconic and am used to how it is. I have to do 70ish or I get in a daze. Way too many deer, way too many cops. Lucky for me, I know the cops and knock on wood, the deer and I have not formally met. Be careful with the drains in the road too. The way ther are sunken in, they could take the whole wheel off.
Drive fast and take chances.
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Old 10-27-2000, 10:20 AM   #6
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I got busted up there too, about four years ago. 88mph in a 45mph zone! He gave me the ticket, I pulled away, and two minutes later he pulled me over again for doing 68mph in a 55mph zone. The second ticket was completely falsified!!!!!!! (and the cop was driving a Camaro, which pissed me off even more)

I plead guilty to a lesser charge of rooting for the Mets, and paid the fine, no points.
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Old 10-27-2000, 10:47 AM   #7
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I second Tom's sentiments!

When I was clipping along in the high 90's on the motorways in England I was always very aware of the road ahead! I've always told everyone I know... I may drive to fast, but I am very safe! What pisses me off is the fact that safe drivers like Tom and I, and I'm sure all the rest of you, get tickets for going too fast! Whereas ******* punk kids in Civics, Camaros, and Mustangs who swerve all over the road doing rediculous speeds, don't get caught!

I think people should be able to apply for a "high speed" driver's license which states that you are a good enough driver to be hauling ass and your car must pass certain requirements as well. Put a reflective decal on the back of the car that when police see it will recognize this, and go after the riff-raff on the road and not the people who have the right to speed!


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HA HA HA HA HA

-Anyone agree with my idea?
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Old 10-27-2000, 11:00 AM   #8
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Kevin: How about a "Super License?" I've been thinking about this for a while. To obtain one of these, a special driving school would be necessary. Not the useless schools that teach the rules of the road and hand out drivers licenses like candy, but the schools that teach performance driving techniques. I'd even be willing to shell out a few more bucks for one of these.
And it's a good idea to have your car pass special tech inspections, too.
Grrrr... It just pisses me off that I get penalized for driving down an empty road at a comfortable pace. The speedlimits are artificially low and are goverment/insurance co scams... Okay. I'll stop there before I stick my foot in my mouth.

Drive Smooth.
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Old 10-27-2000, 11:31 AM   #9
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TT, yes I wasn't implying the current driving schools, I'm talking about like 1 specified site per state and if you live in Wyoming...tough ****... go to Colorado!

That was my joke for the day!

I'd shell out quite a bit of money to have my car tested for performance purposes and to go to a school in which you dish out money and you either pass or fail. Kind like the Internationl A license on GranTurismo2...

Maybe if you take the course you get the opportunity to drive the Escudo up Pike Peak...That would be enough to let me die right there, cause I'd already be in heaven 960HP!!!!!

-Kevin

TT, we should right to our congressman or do something like that
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Old 10-27-2000, 04:43 PM   #10
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TT, If they do step aside, can I be your treasurer???

He he he, gotta heist da money!

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Old 10-27-2000, 05:29 PM   #11
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At least we are not alone in the speed zone. By the way, there are great twisties up in Rhinebeck which are hard for the PD to patrol. Check em out. I mind, but don't mind the cost of the tickets, its the points that bite. Oh well, happy Scooby'ing
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Old 10-27-2000, 05:57 PM   #12
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One word...Valentine1
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Old 10-27-2000, 06:20 PM   #13
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Sure it would be great to be able to have super licenses, but the problem is that you have people that can drive fast, and others(that don't have super license can't)and that creates more problems. Now, if everyone had to pass more strict tests, and they raised speed limits, then that would be good.
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Old 10-27-2000, 06:57 PM   #14
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The whole procedure for getting a license in this country is a joke. Take an easy muliple-choice question test, drive around the block, do a three-pointer, and parallel park somewhere. Does this moronic test prepare young drivers to be skilled and careful motorists? I think not.
A friend of mine who was in the Air Force in Germany said that drivers there need to spend thousands of dollars on classes and tests in order to get a license, and they don't do anything stupid and get it taken away. The reason why they can have public roads with no speed limits is because their drivers know what they're doing. Everyone hauls ass in an orderly fashion between towns, and everyone slows down through town. He says everyone going 60 stays in the right lane, everyong going 100 stays in the middle lane, and anyone going ludicrous speed drives in the left lane, with almost no exceptions! He also said that other drivers will call the police on you at the drop of a dime if they see you doing something you shouldn't! Even doing something minor like going around someone in the right lane instead of the left.
Any idiot can get a driver's license here; this is the reason why we'll ALWAYS have a 55 MPH speed limit! That, and the fact that it's legal to drive almost any old piece of crap with a steering wheel.

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Old 10-27-2000, 07:02 PM   #15
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You guys would love I-94 in Lake County, north of Chicago. Its like the Beltway around DC. Cops avoid the road because any tickets slow traffic to a crawl, and increase the risk of accidents. I travel 80+ daily, passing in triple digits.

My wife had the best analogy - "You drive like you are in a video game."

Yeah baby!

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Old 10-27-2000, 09:12 PM   #16
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got busted on the taconic? that sucks man.
so far i've beem lucky.
u ever come out to nathans or run on central ave?
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Old 10-27-2000, 09:14 PM   #17
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Red ACR? Sounds like my other car. Flame Red (PR4) ACR Sedan SOHC. Bought 7/1/94, and no I didn't have an SCCA license at the time. :]
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Old 10-27-2000, 09:23 PM   #18
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Subie Newbie, 1000000% agreement from this Digital Boy... It is WAAAAAAAAAAAY too fricking easy for someone who is clinically brain dead to get a driver's license. Especially emigrants who come over here having grown up in countries where automobiles are rarities, and the predominant form of transportation is on foot or bicycle... If it were put to a vote, I would vote in a heartbeat to cut and paste the German model of driver's ed here in the US. I'd pay the money to get licensed. Even if they didn't give us Autobahn like limits (or lack thereof) on top speed, the cost in property damage and loss of life would be a drop in the bucket compared to what it currently is.

Although if they did that, there would have to be an equally effective push to institute a mass transit system sufficient to the task of getting people around.
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Old 10-27-2000, 10:14 PM   #19
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Being a raised driver in the UK, I can testify the German tests.... You have to know your stuff to get a license over there.

It is recommended that you drive at least 30 hrs with a professional instructor. even then students dont usually pass it the first time.

I got a perfect on the theory (written), and passed the drving part on the first try... all with 18 hours...everyone I knew was amazed that it took so short of a time...

Can't help it that I know how a car works

The thing about England is that the roads are so small and tiny, nothing like the roads here in the US that accomidate Navigators, and Mack trucks. So driving in those situations is a major pain!

Check you guys later..

The Super License is still priority in my book!
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Old 10-28-2000, 12:01 AM   #20
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When I went upstate, I was told to stay SLOW of 684. I was told that, 684 was voted the worst road for getting tickets. I once counted about 15 cops, within a 20 mile radius! I go like 55-60 when I am there, I cant afford another ticket. ( got 3 so for...hope I didnt loose my licence )
Be careful out there.
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Old 10-28-2000, 12:20 AM   #21
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If I thought it would do any good, I would write to my congressman. Unfortunately, he/she probably doesn't give a rat's behind what I think/want. He sees the $$$ (revenue) from tickets.
I need to become powerful enough that people do what I say on command. Hmmm... I wonder if the super powers of the world would step aside and let me rule?
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Old 10-28-2000, 01:28 AM   #22
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I was doing 110 on the 2 freeway in Eagle Rock, CA. I saw a car startin' to catch up to me and thought, 'Hey, this could be fun!' I saw the headlights and realized it was a domestic car, so I let off the gas. Next thing I know, sirens start flashing, but he blows right passed me Feeling lucky, I decided to exit the freeway, take a breather, and drove my date back home. Be careful guys!!!
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Old 10-28-2000, 05:24 AM   #23
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SuperLicenses have been tossed around by car enthusiasts for years. It will never happen, the logistics would be a gov't nightmare. There are simpler solutions - like forbidding the insurance companies from using traffic tickets, pre-paying your speeding tickets (probably cheeper than the cost of funding a super license program), or just increasing the Interstate speedlimits and adopting a German approach to passing. Ticket that bastard in the Explorer going slow in the fast lane.

As for tougher routine licensing tests? Might as well try to take Charlton Heston's gun away from him. Allowing any idiot to drive at 16 is a God given right in the country.
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Old 10-28-2000, 02:02 PM   #24
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T-WRX, I have to beg to differ on the andy idiot has the right to a license at 16... Unfortunatelly too many idiots especially ditsy blond girls that are 16 get licenses for some strange reasong....but driving is no where indicated in our Constitution or Bill of Rights.

Now Charelton Heston's gun on the other hand is protected according to ammendment 2.

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 10-28-2000, 08:46 PM   #25
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I suggest a trip to the nearest dictionary to look up the work sarcasm.
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