Because I only got my car a month ago, I have not gotten pulled over yet. However, my dad gets pulled over many times only for warnings for speeding! And I've been in his car when getting pulled over twice, one coming back from a trip to Evansville and one leaving for vacation.
Post by New Jersey Dashcam on May 28, 2015 23:36:16 GMT -5
Just randomly found this topic while looking the forums out of being bored
I guess I'll share my stories, I've been pulled over four times, only one was for an actual moving violation though.
1) It was a week before my 18th birthday and I was on my way to school with my brother and a friend of mine. I pulled upto a stop sign, looked both ways, and rolled it. Just as I finish turning I see a cop and he sees me and pulls a u-turn behind me and flicks the lights on. I was utterly nervous for multiple reasons, he could have given me several tickets that day and towed my car because I had so many things wrong. Besides rolling the stop sign, I didn't have the required red decals on my license plate, they signify that the driver is under the age of 18, I also had a broken third brake light, my windshield had a large crack right down the front, I had too many people in the car (In NJ, at 17, you're only allowed one other person in the car), I also didn't have an inspection sticker because my car wouldn't pass. Luckily, he let me off with a verbal warning because, as he said, "I don't want to screw you over right before your 18th Birthday."
2) I was coming back from the mall with a friend of mine when I passed a cop sitting on the side of the road, then he pulled out behind me. He pulled me over right in front of my job, at the time. He was a good cop, all laughs and stuff, pulled me over for a broken foglight.
3) This was on Monday. Got pulled over for the broken headlight bulb. Let me off with a warning luckily, I'm sure you've seen the video.
4) I don't feel the actions of the officer were appropriate for the situation. I got pulled over on 5/28/15 for a broken headlight again. After explaining to the officer that I tried to fix it but was unable due to the rusted bolts holding the headlight in, I was given a $44 for "Failure to Maintain Lamps". I found this ridiculous because I had actually tried to fix it and possibly would have been successful if it hadn't gotten dark out and my friend and I gave up.
So in my three and a half years of driving, including permit, I've only been pulled over once for a traffic infraction, I don't really count the other ones because I wasn't "REALLY" doing anything wrong
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Post by MichiganDashcam on May 29, 2015 10:42:22 GMT -5
Once, and it sure was a fun pull over
I was going about 40MPH in a 40MPH zone, speed limit dropped to 25MPH and I didn't notice, I continued along thankfully only at 35MPH. I later discovered this was a very well known speed trap by locals and police Cop pulled out behind me. The car in front of me was on radar 2MPH faster than me, but the cop ended up behind me, and noticed some issues with my plates. I didn't realize there was an issue, the car had just been purchased and the dealership and myself had a communication error on the registration. Also, I discovered my insurance card had not been put in the car, it was sitting on the kitchen table. I revived a ticket for 5MPH over and no proof of insurance. The cop agreed to drop the ticket, as I fixed the registration and showed him my insurance, along with admitting I should have seen the sign.
Long story short, make sure your cars registration is correct after purchasing a car! Could have eneded up with several thousand dollars in fines if the cop hadn't been understanding.
I have never been pulled over *knocks on wood* I've had plenty of parking tickets though Haha. My sister got pulled over once. She was going 90mph in a 55mph. Yeah, not very smart at all. It was also a construction zone so the fines are doubled. The cop wrote the ticket for 80 in a 55 which dropped the fine a couple hundred dollars and she had to go to traffic school. Hopefully she learned her lesson
Post by baddriverscsprings on Jun 1, 2015 23:52:29 GMT -5
I've been pulled over a few times as a kid. Definitely wasn't the best driver in my teens. Been awhile *knock on wood* since my last ticket. Last time I was pulled over was just before I got out of the Army. Had been in upstate NY visiting a now ex girlfriend, while being stationed in NC, and being from CO. We were driving out to an IHOP and I had no real idea where exactly it was, plus it was nighttime. I had also just recently been in an accident (a First Lieutenant had rear ended me at a stop light because he was texting, that went over well) and my bumper was still dented a bit from it. While pulling into the IHOP parking lot, the first thing I saw was a one way sign pointing to the right, so naturally I thought it was a round-a-bout (given the curb was curved). As I was turning right, my gf told me, no I had to turn left and it was not a round-a-bout, as a right would take me to the bank. So I corrected my turn as I had only just started it, and immediately a cop that had been behind me lit me up. I pulled over, and this guy was just a kid (Granted I was only 22). Once he gets up to my window, the first question he asked me was "What was that??", so I told him I'm from CO, living in NC, and here I am in NY. I don't think he liked that too much as he then tells me he smells alcohol. This is funny because I do like to drink, but never while driving, and as I had just driven from NC to NY, I hadn't had a drink in a full week. So he goes and runs my plates, DL, and insurance, and comes back and gives me a flashlight sobriety test, while still telling me he smells alcohol. I passed (of coarse) but he was so determined to give me a DUI it was sad. Told him to have a nice night and was on my way.
Post by Bad Drivers NE Ohio on Oct 21, 2015 16:49:52 GMT -5
I got pulled over last August (video on my channel) for speeding. I was in the habit of getting the best gas mileage as possible and I occasionally sped up then shut the car off and coasted (when no other cars were around of course). I was on a 25 mph road and I apparently went up to 46 before I turned my car off, but by the time I noticed the cop I knew I was busted and he didn't even need to turn his sirens on. Hefty ticket ($175 I believe) and 2 points, but considering I was 21 over the limit, I got off easy.
I've been pulled over three times that resulted in tickets (pause to knock on wooden table) and three times that resulted in warnings:
(1) Speeding ticket in March 1992 for going 68 in a 55 zone on the Beltway. I was on my way to New York for a U2 concert and driving the rest of the way after getting the ticket stunk since I got the ticket perhaps 10 minutes into the drive (I was home from school on spring break).
(2) Ticket in Charlottesville in spring 1994 for allegedly running a red light. It was bullshit, the light was yellow and all my passengers agreed, but the judge wouldn't listen. I did get some satisfaction because the cop had also ticketed me because my front-seat passenger wasn't wearing a seatbelt. I told her she couldn't do that because he was over age 18 and I wasn't responsible and she said "tell that to the judge." I did and he threw out the ticket—it should have been issued to the passenger. The cop was pissed, all the more so because I told the judge that I had pointed out to her that it was an invalid ticket.
(3) Don't remember when, I think 1998 or 1999, but I was leaving my parents' neighborhood and a cop claimed I ran a stop sign even though his view was blocked by trees. After he wrote the ticket he touched my car as he started to walk back to his car and I said "kindly keep your hands off my car." He was taken aback. I didn't care, he'd already written the ticket! I've noticed since then that when cops stop people they almost always touch the car as they walk by. I wonder why.
The ones that led to warnings:
(1) I used the shoulder for about two carlengths to access the left-turn lane at a very long traffic light. An unmarked cop car was ahead and I didn't realize it. He pulled me over but gave me a warning.
(2) I got pulled over on the way to Mass on Christmas Eve in 2001 because a cop saw the Eliminator license-plate cover I had at the time. It smears the plate number so red-light and speed cameras can't read it. Unfortunately, he was at an angle where it smeared it. Of course I knew it was illegal, but I played dumb. He handed me a ratchet and said to remove it while he watched, then said "Merry Christmas." Funny thing is, I was going to remove it anyway: This was about three months after 9-11 and in a few weeks I was headed to Mont-Tremblant to go skiing, so I didn't think having an obscured license plate was a good idea when crossing the border!
(3) On Election Day 2008 a cop felt I gunned it off the line too fast near a work zone when I wanted to move into the other lane due to a lane closure. I was trying to get ahead of the other traffic because people here tend to try to box you out when a lane ends. He claimed he could have ticketed me for reckless driving but claimed he was doing me a favor by giving me a lecture. I doubt it would have justified a reckless charge, but at the same time, I didn't have a dashcam then, so it would have been my word against his. All the more reason to have a camera.
In terms of speeding, I drive a lot slower than I used to when I was younger. I'd be happy to go faster, but I like my low insurance premiums (less than $50 a month on the car I drive most often). The funny thing is, in Virginia on roads where the speed limit is 70 mph, I'll set the cruise control at 70 and I find I'm still passing a decent number of people. That's certainly not the case in other states. In Florida if I'm on Alligator Alley and I set the cruise control at 81 I'm one of the slower cars on the road. The first time I drove there, back in 2005, I seldom dipped below 100 mph going across the Everglades and even then there were people faster than me, but nowadays there are more cops and more traffic, and I'm more attuned to the danger of tire debris and the like. So I keep it to 80 through there. The road is flat and straight—only two very gentle curves the entire way across.
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