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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Got pulled over the other day by one of Indiana's state boys. He was going the other way on a divided highway, and said I was following too close, 83 in a 60, and improper display of my license plate!

I was in the left lane when a semi pulled over into my lane Right In Front Of Me due to cars approaching from the on-ramp into his lane - needless to say, he also didn't have any mud flaps on his trailer, so I was blasted by road debris. After the cars had merged onto the highway he finally moved back into the right lane and I accelerated to get past him because he was still kicking up crap from the road and then backed down to a speed that was within about 10 miles over. About the time I was getting ready to signal for my exit, here he comes lights a blazin' so I shut er' down and pulled over to the side, stopped and killed the engine. This is where its gets fun...

He says "I clocked you going 86 in a 60 (and that's while I was too close, going the opposite way he was), and I just about had to stand on my head to read your tag" - well I knew this guy was gonna be a dick. I never raised my voice, never talked back, never dissed him in any way, and when he asked why I was speeding I told him I was just trying to get past the guy THAT PULLED IN FRONT OF ME, THAT HAD NO MUD FLAPS. Thats why it appeared that I was too close. He said he was gonna do me a favor and not cite me for wreckless driving - what a friggin moron! I plan to fight the too close pos ticket as well as the tag issue - what a day!

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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-23-2010, 10:45 AM
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Good luck! Keep us posted.

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Everyone has the right to a bad day - maybe that's what he was having when he pulled you over. Show up to your court date, and if he was just in a bad mood that day, he'll probably drop at least some of the charges and lower your ticket to a "failure to obey traffic signal."

Unfortunately I don't think you'll be able to get away free in this case, because once clocked speeding, the judge will look at it and conclude you should have slowed down instead of speeding up to pass the semi.

So, show up to court, see if the cop is having a better day (remember, he'd rather lower the charges than risk complications). If he's making you a good deal, take it. Sorry for your bad luck, and ride safely!
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Unfortunately I don't think you'll be able to get away free in this case, because once clocked speeding, the judge will look at it and conclude you should have slowed down instead of speeding up to pass the semi.
I guess what erks me is - if I was too close and he was headed the other way how could he have gotten me on radar?

Same guy also got a buddy for his plate just a few days earlier

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post #9 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-28-2010, 02:47 PM
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hmmm, I am no trained radar/laser speed gun operator, but I have a few questions.

Lets assume a few things. One, he was using radar since I don't know of a way laser can be "on" as the cop goes down the road. I don't know how he could aim it with any accuracy.
Two, since radar is a bit of a wide pattern, what is the chance he picked up the small cross section of your motorcycle that was so close to a 40 foot long flat relective wall that doubles as a semi trailer? (I guess I don't know how far ahead of the semi you were at the time)

I think you can fight all of it (Not sure of you plate law). The office was moving in the on comming lane. You were close to a larger object that could have been moving faster than you at the time. Did he show you the reading from the radar gun?

In any case, good luck.
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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 09-29-2010, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks mikeyvee, was kinda thinking along those lines myself.

My buddy was a short ways behind me in my truck, and he saw the state boy coming in the opposite direction from across the divided highway. We had just unloaded the bike using a ramp at one of the local cycle shops about 5 minutes earlier when we were on our way back to my house, so we weren't in any particular hurry (other than getting out from behind that semi that decided to pull directly into my lane right in front of me).
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