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Rolling past the radar trap(5 posts)

Rolling past the radar trappeloton
Aug 22, 2001 5:47 PM
Today when I went out for my ride I passed a radar trap on a road I would have to take to get home. This trap had one of those electric signs that displays the speed of the oncoming vehicle so that drivers could see how fast they were going in relation to the 25 mph speed limit. On the way home I couldn't resist. There was a long, flat runout with a steady headwind to where the cop was. I sprinted up to 37mph as I passed him, 12mph over the limit. As I passed, the cop laughed and motioned for me to slow down. I was almost dissapointed he didn't pull me over. Childish, yes. Fun, yes.

Some might frown on this behavior, but you have to have some fun sometime. I would have framed a ticket (after I paid the fine promptly!). Anyone else displayed any childish behavior on the bike lately?
I couldn't get a good run at the one near here recently ...Humma Hah
Aug 22, 2001 5:57 PM
We had one up the street for a couple of weeks, when I was stuck riding my wife's dowdy but long-legged 3-speed. It was slightly uphill, around a turn where I didn't notice until close, at the end of a long ride, and it only registered my speed with no cars behind me. The most I ever registered on it was 22 mph.

There's been a speed trap further up the road, on a stretch where I can get the cruiser above 25 momentarily (hit 26 there today), but the speed limit there is 35.

I used to bust the speed limit all the time in San Diego, at the lake where the posted limit was 15. Never did get caught. I'd have framed the ticket if I did.
Careful what you wish for.grzy mnky
Aug 22, 2001 6:17 PM
Got popped recently while riding the MTB in a park. Mr. D. Head Ranger had a radar gun and got me going 25 mph after getting ahead in his truck and getting out around a corner on a downhill. He informed me that the entire park is 15. He agreed we weren't threatening anyone, nor were we reckless or out of control. Got a note from the DMV to pay the fine or post bail and request a hearing.

Here's the punchline: For going 10 mph over the fine is $135! I'm NOT laughing and it wasn't funny. Stay out of the mid peninsula open space preserves if you're in the Bay Area.
That blows...UncleMoe
Aug 22, 2001 8:30 PM
That is almost as bad as getting a ticket for rolling slowly thru a stop sign. My old roommate got that one. Unbelievable that he ticketed you, and on a MTB no less!
Go FasterChar
Aug 22, 2001 6:26 PM
My take on tickets is if you are going to get a speeding ticket (and pay) make sure you are going over 55 mph. Now that is suitable for framing!