Speeding and pressing your luck

speeding and cop cars - overtaking an unmarked cop car
@bounce58 (17526)
Canada
January 28, 2013 12:56pm CST
Over the weekend I drove out of state to attend a school activity which my son was involved in. As I drove down the interstate, I saw somebody got pulled over for speeding. This all happened in front of me. It was on our way back, so I was trying to hurry up so I could get home. As I passed a few cars, I suddenly noticed most cars around me traveling just below the speed limit. It was in fact because of an unmarked car travelling in front which looked very much like a cop car. We were all just content driving behind this unmarked car when I noticed from my rear view mirror a dark red Corolla weaving in and out of traffic. He must have found it fun driving past everybody that he even passed the unmarked car up ahead. Surely enough, as soon as he passed it and tried to leave us all behind, the lights went up, and he was pulled over. First off, have you ever seen such a scene? A speeding ticket waiting to happen? Just waiting for some lead-foot to make the mistake of speeding? If you see an unmarked car on the road that looks like a cop car, do you press your luck and overtake it?
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
28 Jan 13
No, if I see a line of cars just under the speed limit then I tuck myself in and try to look inconspicuous which is a very hard thing for me to do. They usually pull me over anyway to check my papers etc. Always have done. Did speed early last year before I left the Island and agreed with the officer that I was speeding and that he was fully justified in writing me a ticket but please woud he not tell my son as my son would be so ashamed of his mother being caught speeding. We were still in my son's constituency and he had just won the seat. So he looked at my name again and told me to proceed. So then I told him that I did not expect any preferential treatment (of course I did!) and thanked him for his courtesy but just to go ahead and write the ticket as I had brought up my children to respect the law. Finally, he established that he had 'discretionary powers' to let me go and so he did. We parted the best of friends
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@GardenGerty (99389)
• United States
29 Jan 13
Such a cute story. I am glad he let you go, without feeling that you were "persuading" him. We seem to be pretty inconspicuous most of the time, but got turned around when we left the hiway on our trip and turned into a parking lot to get reoriented, but it evidently looked suspicious so the policeman stopped hubby. It still ended without a ticket and with us getting appropriate directions to the restaurant we were trying to reach.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
29 Jan 13
I am glad that it ended all right for you and then officer was kind. Some of them are so full of the power complex. Actually, I was stopped last week by a power hungry police officer and it was embarrassing as he stopped me in the middle of the road by an intersection and demanded to look at my papers. The 2 policemen with him were laughing so I knew that they recognised me. I opened my door as my window is not working to give him mypapers and he made a remark that how come my 'big shot son' hadn't got the window fixed yet? So I knew that he had stopped me before and noticed this fact. He was so rude and the others laughing so I knew that they were not supporters of the government in power. A crowd of people had gathered around me as it was beside a market too. So I just looked at him and did not speak. He eventually gave me back my papers and told me to leave. I was shaking with embarrassment and called my son who said that in future I should take down their number as they should not be rude to anyone at all, not just me. The new part I need is over US$200 and I just cannot afford it at present and do not like or expoect my children to pay for everything for me. So, as they say - it takes all types
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
29 Jan 13
I've seen those policemen with the power complex, and I've been on the wrong side of the ticket pad a few times. Like you, I've also learned to just keep my mouth shut, and keep my nasty thoughts towards the policeman all to myself as I'm sure it'll just get me into more trouble if I started speaking. Thanks cynthi! Thanks GG!
@Renhard (3480)
• Jamaica
28 Jan 13
Well to be quite honest if I see an unmarked car it still would depend on how slow the unmark car is going. If it is going way below the speed limit and I know i can overtake the car without even have to break the speed limit, then I would overtake providing that it is safe to do so and I am doing it where there are broken white lines. At times you have some spiteful police that would drive so slow on a bridge and you know you shouldn't overtake on a bridge. They tempt you so badly. I can remember too times when I see a ticket is waiting to happen 1) I was waiting on a bus to go to school and there was a little congestion at an intersection. Well the little congestion was cause because the man on the main road was giving the driver on the minor road space to come on the minor road. There was a police behind the man on the main road and then another car behind the police. Then all of a sudden I see a car from way down road blowing his horn and attempting to overtake at a high speed. There was no way possible he could have seen a way to pass in that congestion. So overtaking the first car he had to slam on his brakes, so not to hit the car coming out the minor road. The police look at him and shake his head. He drove off thinking he had escaped. As soon as he was passed the intersection, the siren came on. 2) I was coming from class late in the night about midnight. That time of the night there are only a few cars on the road. So my dad was driving me home and we were in a truck. We came up to stop like which changed to red suddenly. There was a police in the lane next to us but behind a speeding car. The police look like they didn't mind at the time. But then the big truck that I was in managed to stop, and the car continued straight pass the stop light. Lights start flashing, police speed to reach the stop light, glimpse both ways and hesitated to pass the stop light. Finally they pass the stop light and chase began which ended a few distant down the road.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
29 Jan 13
I think this cop car I saw was a little bit spiteful too. He was driving around 65-68 mph on a 70 mph max highway. He was just driving below the speed limit so that anybody who passes would definitely be just above. Well this guy on the Corolla was definitely way above 70. Thanks for responding.
@Renhard (3480)
• Jamaica
1 Feb 13
That is the way some police are. I wonder how efficient the roads would be if everybody obey the speed limit?
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
22 Mar 13
I think overtake is not good for anybody because may be injured both the driver who is trying overtake or other driver also. Now new generation people not understand the importance of life and they always try for going fast and do the overtake. I think everyone should control on their driving speed.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
4 Apr 13
There is something to be said about being young, and throwing caution to the wind, and always trying to drive fast and overtaking everybody. But you are absolutely right that people should also respect life, and think of safety all the time. Thanks surekharathi!
@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
23 Feb 13
Actually on I-5 I see that from time to time even at 12:30 at night on our way home from work. Seen this just Wednesday evening, and was glad to see when they were actually pulled over, and thinking you deserved it for wanting to drive so fast in and out of traffic. Sometimes I wonder why these people tend to think they can weave in and out of traffic like this driving so fast and not get caught, or worse yet cause an accident.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
25 Feb 13
Oh yeah! If I see someone weaving back and forth in traffic, I'd prefer that they get pulled over. Rather than they cause an accident. Specially if it gets me involved! And this incident that I saw was on the I-5 too! Thanks KH!
• India
12 Feb 13
Thanks for this discussion I will never do that though there are no cop to check your speed, i drive with low spped of 60-80 kms per hour, in india most drive with this speed lol.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
13 Feb 13
I think that as long as you drive within the norm, and you're not sticking out so much, cops wouldn't really bother you. If everybody there is driving at 60-80 kms per hour, which I think is way faster than our normal speed here, then I think you're fine. Thanks Prof!
@much2say (39248)
• United States
3 Feb 13
Oh my gosh, when you drive through the streets or freeways out here, you're bound to see that happening (LA traffic, yep). Either there are no cops or plenty of cops around (and even unmarked cars) . . . so why take the chance? The kids are always with me in the car - so it's definitely safety first - I'm not going to be a speed demon over anything. Also, I don't want to pay for a speeding ticket (well, it'd be hubby paying for it as I don't work . . . I wouldn't want a chunk of money going towards a speeding ticket that could have been avoided). And, as I barely have time as it is, squeezing in the time to go to traffic school does not sound appealing. So I definitely do not press my luck no matter what!! It's scary, but sometimes I think there are accidents waiting to happen, more than the speeding tickets. I think this particularly with motorcyclists who weave in and out through traffic, going too fast for my taste. And sadly, a few times I have seen it end in a bad accident . . . not that I witnessed it, but upon seeing the fallen bike, I know that it was the motorcyclist that I had seen a few miles back. Ah, best never to press your luck when driving!
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
8 Feb 13
Normally, I always drive slow and just or below the speed limit when I'm with the kids. The only time I got pulled over for speeding was when I didn't have the kids in the car. I've learned my lesson since then. And the fine I had to pay was very unforgettable. Thanks much.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
2 Feb 13
If it requires one mile per hour over the speed limit to overtake him....noway. That's an expensive chance. I have seen unmarked cars or police cars waiting to catch someone hidden in the weed before. I had someone whizz by me after spotting one before and they got pulled over too.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
8 Feb 13
I've been a victim of a cop car hiding in the weeds before. Where I was seeing a stretch of open road, which I was appropriately pulled over moments after. So, I've learned my lesson and try to stay within the limit (and be wary about cars hidden in the weed). Thanks jen!
• United States
29 Jan 13
I don't often press my luck or my pedal too hard. The faster you drive the shorter your reaction time. I try to keep a safe speed.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
31 Jan 13
Hi sarah! I think that's a great point. I think that this person in the corolla was driving too fast that he was 'slow' in his reaction to seeing the unmarked car which was obviously a cop-car. Thanks and welcome to myLot!
@Mavic123456 (9702)
• Thailand
29 Jan 13
Have you ever seen such a scene? Yes, saw one time a speeding car in the hiway followed by cops with sirens. I got scared, I know that it was not about the ticket but something more. scary indeed like in the action movies. If you see an unmarked car on the road that looks like a cop car, do you press your luck and overtake it? No I always behave when there are cops.. I mean I can not overtake with them.. but I wear helmet. I just wear helmet because I ride a motorbike, going to work.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
31 Jan 13
I think I know what you mean. I know that when we see car chases in movies, we think nothing of it. But when we see it in real life, it's a little bit scary. Specially if we know that it isn't just for speeding. And most especially when you're in a motorcycle as anything can happen. Thanks.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
28 Jan 13
That probably would have been me, because I don't pay a lot of attention to the other cars on the road... aside from where they are so I don't hit them. I don't normally go too fast though.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
29 Jan 13
You're just like a friend of mine! She's so focused on driving that she doesn't notice any details on the cars around her when she drives. They're just big blobs of mass on the road. Although this friend of mine sometimes (I think) takes it so far. She has her seat up against the steering wheel, and she almost white-knuckles it when she drives. Thanks kat!
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
28 Jan 13
Well, most people in my country don't drive faster out of excitement (there are some who do), but because they are in a hurry, and most people do this, unfortunately (I see that sometimes my parents speed a little up, too, because everyone drives faster, and they unconsciously adapt to them, realizing just a bit later that whoops, they are driving 10 km/h over the speed limit). I wouldn't, because I wouldn't wanna get in trouble.
• India
28 Jan 13
Its not good to try your luck against cops I think that corolla driver either has not recognised that unmarked car or may be just trying the luck but it proves costly for that driver for sure. And also the cops in the unmarked car must be itching that someone will take the challenge and we will give some surprise You did right thing by not taking chances against that car.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
29 Jan 13
I bet you're right! That the cop inside the unmarked-tinted car was just itching for somebody to make that mistake. I hope that guy in the corolla has learned his lesson. Thanks.
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Jan 13
I remember an occasion where we were driving on the freeway a little too fast, and we were passed by a red truck. Right after that we spotted a CHP car and slowed down. The red truck got pulled over, and all the way home we said "the red truck is our friend". Of course if I think it's a cop car I'm not going to try and pass it...
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
28 Jan 13
Come to think of it, that car was our friend too. Because right after we saw the cop car pull him over, everybody started speeding up. The logic is, nobody could pull us over anymore because he was busy with the Corolla! Thanks dawn.