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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-24-2013, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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planning on jumping the border and heading south the first weekend in august. what's the general rule of thumb in regards to how far you can go over the speed limit before a cop gives you a ticket? in canada it's 10km over, what is it in the states? please, no smart ass responses..... my wallet depends on it.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 03:40 AM
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Probably varies widely for different areas, how busy the police are, if it's near any popular events, time of day, the mood of the officer, etc..

Around here traffic flow is generally 5mph over on interstate (70mph limit 'round here) I feel confident 'till about 77-78, then it's all up in the air.

Never gotten a speeding ticket on interstate though so I may not be qualified to answer this.

90 miles west of me, near Detroit, you may cause an accident if you're traveling under 80mph, lol.

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At 9 mph over a ticket is unlikely. at 15 it is very likely.
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Around me as long as you are in the flow you should be safe. I try to keep a few mph above anyone behind me to avoid getting run over if I need to change speed or lanes suddenly. Some days I can do that at the posted speed, others it is 15 over. Keep around the limit and keep the wallet happy.

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If you stay at 7 mph over it is highly unlikely anyone will bother you. If you get to 10 over getting stopped is more probable... at 15 over they will stop what they're doing and come after you.

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We're heading south the same week into PA from Ontario , I was wondering the same thing. On the highways here 20 over is acceptable but 10 over in town is a stretch. Good to know...

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Here in Cali the freeways that aren't clogged are usually moving at 10-15mph over the limit. On the I15 out to Las Vegas people routinely cruise at 90+. However, on the smaller highways (US395, CA2, CA138, etc.) the CHP are pretty tight on enforcing speed- but you still get a 10mph cushion. Funny thing is the CHP public relations office always issues a big press release when they're going to crack down on speeding on certain roads or in certain regions so drivers slow down. They've always seemed more concerned with seatbelt/helmet use and erratic driving than with speeding.

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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 10:01 AM
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Stay with the flow of traffic and you'll be fine. Legally speaking anything 10 miles an hour or over is mandatory ticket. Anything up to 10 mph over is @ officer's discretion.
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Went to Toronto a few months back. The closer I got there, the faster everyone was going. Way over the 10 you spoke of.

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Originally Posted by depot picker View Post
At 9 mph over a ticket is unlikely. at 15 it is very likely.
Best answer in my experience with traveling and local as well .. Several LEO's I know set their Radar at 12MPH over .. Have rode all day through 3 States with Cruise Set at 78 in a 70 and No Worries .. When Passing may kick it up to 85 to get er done but then settle back down when clear of the traffic ..

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