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Drove to Pensacola on Friday, drove back today to Jacksonville. Friday I managed to get caught speeding for the first time in 12 years, not upset with cops, they were doing their job, and I was speeding well over the posted limit, I'll gladly pay my fine of 296.00 and take the online drivers course to avoid points, first time in my life I've been caught doing over 90. previous high for me was 88, and that happened in 1983. I got tired of being blocked in by mobs of cars and just wanted to get past the cluster and into the clear, got caught midway thru the attempted pass. Cop was courteous but didn't flex any on the speed, usually i can talk my way out of a few mph.

After getting pulled over, I noticed about 8 cops hunting drivers in a 20 mile area just East of Tallahassee FL. I've always known that the areas near the state capitol were usually patrolled and they gave tickets there, but no joking, I saw at least 8 people pulled over in a 20 mile stretch on Friday afternoon. Today, on the way back, I kept cruise control set at 75 and when I got within 25 miles of Tallahassee, I dropped down to 70 and kept it there for 30 miles west of tallahassee, to 40 miles east of tallahassee. As I crept along slowly and watched Prius owners pass me at 80 to 85mph, I counted LEO's, both Florida highway patrol, and County Sheriff's officers patrolling both sides of Tallahassee, there were 3 or 4 on the west side of that town, but when I got through tallahassee and got on the Eastern side, I counted no less than 27 different cops, mostly in marked cars, spraying the zone with Radar from FHP and Sheriff's deputy cars, Saw SUV's marked, saw unmarked, marked newer Charger cop cars (like one that got me) and the older style Crown Vic's.

If anyone has to drive through this zone in the next day or so, I would definitely tell you to watch your speed and keep it down to 75 or so or you'll get pulled over (limit is 70 except in construction zones where it drops to 55). The Colleges are finishing up the school year and college kids are driving home for the summer...and they usually do drive quite fast along this highway, as do most everyone else who average 80mph or more. I slipped up going over 85, that is usually just asking for a ticket.
 

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I got busted New Year's Day coming back to Biloxi from Pensacola doing about 95 in the 70. Cop asked why I was going so fast and I straight up told him there's nobody on the road but me and I'm in total control of my vehicle... plus what's the point in having a car like this if I can't open it up a little bit? He laughed and knocked the ticket down to 85. But like you I wasn't mad either, he was doing his job and I got caught messing up.
 

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You get caught in North Carolina doing 90 and you might be heading to the county jail. I love Florida! I grew up there and I miss being able to hammer it and not have as bad of ramifications.
 

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I live between Pensacola and Tallahassee, and travel I-10 frequently. There seems to be more police around Tallahassee than Pensacola.
 

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Incidentally, I was on I10 East today in Texas and barely dodged a three car accident right in front of me when an elderly handicapped lady in a newer Toyota sedan decided to quickly change lanes without warning - and immediately got smashed into by the little mazda sedan which was in her blind spot at the time. The impact deflected the second car into a nearby old Tahoe, which absorbed the impact well. Luckily everyone else was able to swerve/brake and avoid adding to the pileup.

Moral of the story is cops on I10 need to be focusing more on the crazy people who don't pay attention to the cars around them instead of tagging speeders.

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Yes, I usually make one or two trips a year to Pensacola from Jacksonville, both myself and my wife's parents live in Pensacola, we live in Jax though. There is almost no police presence from Pcola to Tallahassee, but there is always police around both sides of Tallahassee, usually I'm aware of where I'm at and slow down when i get close to it, Kind of spaced out on Friday and forgot, to my chagrin. I never get irate at cops doing their jobs though, the wife's dad and younger brother are both county cops (or were, her dad is retired now) I've always earned my tickets, may be why I don't fight them in court. I could say i was lucky though, if I'd been caught at 95 it could have pushed it to reckless driving with a mandatory court appearance which would have been troublesome having to drive two hours to get there and back.

I should have got my 18 year old daughter to bat her eye's at the cop, he was a young one, might have helped. At least i got my seatbelt on before I pulled over.
 

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I made a run back and forth to Las Vegas this weekend and hit just a tich over 140 for a decent stretch, luckily didn't get busted. Taunted 2 Vettes , an SS camaro, but neither were biting. Oddly enough a rental sxt was hanging tuff , sorta!! Long live the Challenger!!
 

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Good to hear you can take your licks and accept responsibility like an adult...unlike some other people who get upset with LEO for doing their job. I've gotten tagged once or twice and all I could say is "you got me" I too just licked my wounds and paid the ticket...guess its the price you pay every now and then with these fine automobiles :icon_wink:
 

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Speeding tickets are all about revenue and not about safety. If it was about safety, you wouldn't be able to take a class to avoid the points.
I don't agree, I've got 2 tickets in my life, last one last one in 2005 I believe. I was ticketed at 62 in a 55 zone, but was really doing about 70, so he gave me a break. I took the class, which forced you to sit down and spend some time re-learning and thinking about driving safely. They give you a break if you show enough interest to attend the class, if it was all about revenue, why would they? If you don't want to pay, don't speed, it's not like you're forced to drive over the speed limit.

I'm glad to see people here not trashing the cops for doing their jobs, especially after reading this article on the Bay News 9 (Tampa news station)website:

Third person dies in I-75 crash near Ocala that killed trooper

OCALA --
The third person struck by a pickup truck that swerved off of Interstate 75 near Ocala and killed a Florida Highway Patrol trooper and tow-truck driver Saturday afternoon has died, authorities said
The crash happened sometime around 2 p.m. near SW County Road 484 in Marion County. Trooper Chelsea Renee Richard, 30, had pulled onto the east shoulder of the southbound lanes behind two vehicles that had been involved crash.
She was talking to tow-truck driver John Duggan, 57, of Levy County and George Robert Phillips, 52, of Ocala, when the pickup truck plowed into them, the FHP said.

Richard and Duggan were pronounced dead at the scene. Phillips was taken to Ocala Regional Medican Center in critical condition, and he died Sunday.

Richard was a nine-year veteran of the FHP and had been with the Ocala District Office for about a year, troopers said. She is survived by her 4-year-old son, parents, a brother and grandparents.

"Today the Florida Highway Patrol experienced a great loss," said FHP Col. David Brierton. "Trooper Richard chose a life of public service."
The driver of the pickup truck, whom authorities haven't named, was not seriously injured. Charges are pending, the FHP said.

Richard is the 45th Florida Highway Patrol trooper to be killed in the line of duty.
 

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If police were REALLY concerned about safety & slowing down drivers - all they have to do is park a cruiser with lights on in the median - EVERYONE will slow down... but no, they hide & catch people so they can fine them.
 

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Warlock -

Are you running radar/laser detection and laser jamming?

Considering the ticket cost, and the inevitable increase to your insurance premium for a few years (even if you take the DD course) a top-shelf radar/laser detector would have pretty much paid for itself.
 

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I have an Escort 9500ix and it has paid for itself many times over already in the 6 months I have owned it with my 392. I have detected cops from miles away running KA (which is all they run in MN for radar). It will pick up laser, but if you get laser, you're caught. Thing with laser though is they have to be stationary or sitting outside their car to do it...so you just gotta watch it coming around corners or over hills.

And of course you can't beat them timing you in a plane.

Picked up my detector used on ebay for $285, bought the $25 escort mirror mount and a $6 wire tap power cable to run it off of the mirror power cord so it looks clean. I love that thing.
 

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If police were REALLY concerned about safety & slowing down drivers - all they have to do is park a cruiser with lights on in the median - EVERYONE will slow down... but no, they hide & catch people so they can fine them.
:nono: that really makes sense....everyone has their own ideas about the what the cops "should" be doing...
 
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I have an Escort 9500ix and it has paid for itself many times over already in the 6 months I have owned it with my 392. I have detected cops from miles away running KA (which is all they run in MN for radar). It will pick up laser, but if you get laser, you're caught. Thing with laser though is they have to be stationary or sitting outside their car to do it...so you just gotta watch it coming around corners or over hills.

And of course you can't beat them timing you in a plane.

Picked up my detector used on ebay for $285, bought the $25 escort mirror mount and a $6 wire tap power cable to run it off of the mirror power cord so it looks clean. I love that thing.
I had a 9500ix for a few years and donated it to my wife who has long commutes. And picked up the Passport Max.

If you watch the vids of LIDAR guns in action, the display flat lines for about 1.5 seconds and then displays the speed. If you going no more than 15 over and instantly hammer the brakes when LIDAR warning sounds - you can scrub off enough speed to beat it. Most cops start writing at 10 over. I've beat LIDAR at least 5X this way. Scares the crap out of you when it goes off - but that's actually a good thing.

Now if you are going 25 over (say 90 in a 65) you're done. But that's pretty reckless unless the road is empty - most drivers keep it to 15 over or less.
 

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Are you sure you can go to traffic school for that ticket? Here in CA, anything over 15mph over the speed limit and traffic school is off the table. You get the points and there isn't anything you can do about it.
 

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I don't agree, I've got 2 tickets in my life, last one last one in 2005 I believe. I was ticketed at 62 in a 55 zone, but was really doing about 70, so he gave me a break. I took the class, which forced you to sit down and spend some time re-learning and thinking about driving safely. They give you a break if you show enough interest to attend the class, if it was all about revenue, why would they? If you don't want to pay, don't speed, it's not like you're forced to drive over the speed limit.

I'm glad to see people here not trashing the cops for doing their jobs, especially after reading this article on the Bay News 9 (Tampa news station)website:

Third person dies in I-75 crash near Ocala that killed trooper

OCALA --
The third person struck by a pickup truck that swerved off of Interstate 75 near Ocala and killed a Florida Highway Patrol trooper and tow-truck driver Saturday afternoon has died, authorities said
The crash happened sometime around 2 p.m. near SW County Road 484 in Marion County. Trooper Chelsea Renee Richard, 30, had pulled onto the east shoulder of the southbound lanes behind two vehicles that had been involved crash.
She was talking to tow-truck driver John Duggan, 57, of Levy County and George Robert Phillips, 52, of Ocala, when the pickup truck plowed into them, the FHP said.

Richard and Duggan were pronounced dead at the scene. Phillips was taken to Ocala Regional Medican Center in critical condition, and he died Sunday.

Richard was a nine-year veteran of the FHP and had been with the Ocala District Office for about a year, troopers said. She is survived by her 4-year-old son, parents, a brother and grandparents.

"Today the Florida Highway Patrol experienced a great loss," said FHP Col. David Brierton. "Trooper Richard chose a life of public service."
The driver of the pickup truck, whom authorities haven't named, was not seriously injured. Charges are pending, the FHP said.

Richard is the 45th Florida Highway Patrol trooper to be killed in the line of duty.
You should NOT be able to avoid points to learn, a fine and points for a year or two has a nice sting to it. Where is the lesson if you can sit at your p c and take a course? The attached article you posted was awful that they lost their lives. If you get points that stay and accumulate may you fear losing your license. NJ has red light cameras where you get a fine and no points so as long as you have money how is the public safer? As stated above VISIBLE police presence is the answer and not unmarked patrols playing cat and mouse. Sitting with radar catches cars here and there but if he was driving with the traffic many cars would slow down. I am surrounded by people involved in law enforcement and am very familiar with these things. The officers just do as they are told and many don't agree but are just following orders.
 
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I agree with the earlier comment that if the police were actually interested in safety, they would sit with their lights on every at various intervals on highways to make people slow down.
 

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If police were REALLY concerned about safety & slowing down drivers - all they have to do is park a cruiser with lights on in the median - EVERYONE will slow down... but no, they hide & catch people so they can fine them.
That's exactly what they do in my hometown. They pick choice locations throughout the borough at random times and park an empty police car (somewhat inconspicuous) to slow folks down and ‘warn’ them. Other times it’s full-on speed trap ticketpalooza.

Revenue generator? Absolutely.
 

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I agree with the earlier comment that if the police were actually interested in safety, they would sit with their lights on every at various intervals on highways to make people slow down.
That would work for about an hour then once everyone realized there was no threat of a ticket they would go back to speeding right past.

The revenue argument is stupid. Cops get paid hourly. They get the same hourly wage no matter what they are doing. They have no monetary motivation to write tickets. They are doing it because that's what their job is. If you get caught speeding just acknowledge that you got caught, accept the consequences that you knew were in place and move on. You sound like an irresponsible whinny baby every time you come on the internet and say, " I got caught doing 90 in a 65 but...(insert this weeks lame excuse here)".

Take some tips from some of the others around here who put the pedal down knowing the risk they are taking and are prepared to deal with the consequences if things don't turn out the way they want.
 
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