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Old 02-04-2005, 10:06 AM   #1
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So, my Boxster S '00 got to me 2 days ago and within 3 hours of me having the car - I got a speeding ticket. He said he clocked me going 33 on a 25, not only was he yelling at the top of his lungs about how irresponsible I was being, he said that the Boxster S is too much car for me and that I should be driving something less powerfull and he went on about how I chose the S and he started to tell me that the S was the big engine and that I should just go park it and drive something else until I was older.

Now, I don't know if it was me being young and owning a Porsche, but the road I was on - was not a residential area, but a 1/5 of mile stretch of shopping malls. Time was around 9:30 pm, meaning all of the shops were closed and I have lived in Malibu for about 10 years and I have never seen ONE car, regardless of what the time of the day it is going '25'. Anyways, I thought that was just what I needed, the only Yellow Boxster S in Malibu , I have had it for nearly 3 hours and I am already tagged for ever.

Anyways, that's all for now at least.

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Old 02-04-2005, 10:11 AM   #2
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Damn, sorry to hear that. Low 30's in a 25 hour zone isn't exactly excessive. He was probably just hating on the fact that you are a young guy in a Porsche. I get the same type of reaction/looks. It's an unfortunate stigma that we have to deal with. Get yourself a Valentine 1 and hopefully all you'll get in the future is just the dirty looks and not tickets.
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:11 AM   #3
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25mph? what kind of speed limit is this on such a road?! you sure it's not for skateboarders ?
Good luck, maybe repaint your car
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:27 AM   #4
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I've seen judges throw tickets for that little speed out. Actually, I saw the judge berate the ticketing officer for wasting his time. Hopefuly you'll have such luck.

Yes, sir. No, sir. Of course not, sir.
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:35 AM   #5
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Yeah, definitely take it to court, you'll get off no problem, and like someone already said, most likely, the cop will get reprimanded for wasting your time.

It sucks being young in a car like this. I'm 22, and I've owned several BMWs and now a Boxster in my 6 years of driving, and the abuse from law enforcement as well as comments from jealous pricks seem like they will never end!
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:47 AM   #6
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I have been in more municipal courts for 'speeding' tickets than anyone I know. First:
NEVER PAY YOUR TICKETS WITHOUT FIGHTING.
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Get A Valentine One or Escort X50
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Did the cop bust you with the radar gun, laser gun? Did he state that it was verified on the gun or was it just from his visual? I don't think the laws in California allow a driver to be busted for speeding without the gun reading.
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Go back to the scene of the crime and see how far from where you were pulled over was there a sign that posted the speed limit. I once got a ticket and I went back and drove about a mile in each direction without seeing a single sign that said 25mph. this was an industrial area with four lanes of traffic. I was dointg about 40 mph. I told the judge that I got pulled over on this street and the neares speed limit signs in this non-residential area were this far away on this street to the north and that street to south.

When you go to the court before your appointment, try and find out who the prosecutor is and ask him if you could speak to him about your ticket. Ask him if it would be possible to enter a plead for not wearing your seat belt or other non-points violations. I have done this before and instead of getting fined for doing 20 mph over the limit they changed the vioation to "obstructing the flow of traffic" (double parking). THe court just wants money.

Whatever happens don't plead guilty to the ticket if it will result in points. If you are young your insurance company in most states will kill you with higher premiums. When I was 19 I had no points and I wanted a CRX Si and the insurance was almost $5K a year! Needless to say I bught a stupid accord hatchback instead and the insurance was under my father's name.

By the sound of it your cop is a weirdo. Every cop knows the only Boxster to buy is the S :P
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Old 02-05-2005, 05:10 AM   #7
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they got the name wrong when naming the color of your car...

It's was supposed to be "speed TICKET yellow"

Hence, my choice for black. Far less noticeable in a crowd of red and yellow cars.
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Old 02-05-2005, 06:44 AM   #8
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The lecture the cop gave you was way out of line. Perahps you should file a complaint. The ticket is, well, whatever the legal system has in store for you.

But, his attitude was inappropriate at best.

Many years back, I got stopped by a cop with a major attitude. I told him, 'Hey, just give me the ticket and skip the lecture!"

That did not go down well as you can imagine but I felt great about it.

PS-got the ticket anyway, would have either way.
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Old 02-05-2005, 05:24 PM   #9
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I had an interesting encounter with two MO Highway Patrolmen this afternoon. I just wanted to share it with you guys to remind us that most cops are not jerks.


I was out driving with a friend this afternoon and I pulled into a parking lot for a popular local park. It was a nice day today and the lot was packed as many people were out jogging and walking. I made my way to the back of the lot when I noticed two highway patrol cars sitting in the way back watching people go by. I immediately thought, "Shoot, my front license plate is in the front trunk! This is gonna cost me." Well having no choice I passed the cops and parked about 3 spaces down from them. With in 2 minutes of stopping the car, both troopers walked over. One came up and asked "Whose car is this?" in kind of that "cop voice." I said "Its mine." He replied with "Oh . . . well when you pulled in I noticed you didn’t have a front plate." I thought I was screwed. He then smiled and said. "You know what, I think if I had a Porsche, I wouldn’t put the front plate on either. Id just pay the ticket every once in a while and leave the plate off." I started laughing. His partner said something about agreeing. They just wanted to check the car out, and asked me a bunch of questions about the car in general. They were both nice guys, and just into cars. When they turned to walk away, the first cop said "yea, I really wouldn’t put that plate on, leave it in the trunk."

Anyway, just a funny story. Sorry to hear about the ticket.
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Old 02-05-2005, 06:46 PM   #10
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Bad luck with the ticket. Take a minute though to think of us poor Aussies. In the state of Victoria, the tolerance on speeding is 3KM/H. That''s 2mph. A colleague of mine got a ticket from a fixed speed camera going into a tunnel for doing 82km/h in an 80km/h zone.

To top that off, the maximum speed limit is 110km/h which is about 68mp/h.

We do have lots of long straight deserted roads, but it is actually really dangerous to speed along these. Too many kangaroos!

The Northern Territory has no speed limit, but it takes 2 whole days to drive there from Melbourne. The tyranny of distance we call it.
The only way around it - get your speed kicks on the track. Then you can really let rip!
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Old 02-05-2005, 08:41 PM   #11
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I got a written warning from a Texas State Trooper on the road to San Antonio from Houston for not having a front plate affixed. Told him I had it in the car if he wanted to see it, but he did not care.

I'll risk the 75 ticket... it looks ugly.
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Old 02-06-2005, 01:52 PM   #12
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You forgot to mention you wonderful tolling system in Melbourne which is totally tourist unfriendly...how are you supposed to know about this 'unique' system?
Anyway, I felt totally oppressed there, I was working for 15 weeks on projects and couldn't get used to it...
Even this wonderful Ocean is totally castrated...
Too bad
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Old 02-06-2005, 09:43 PM   #13
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A ticket for 33mph? That's just ridiculous. Look up ticketassassin on google. There's ways to fight the ticket that doesn't involve showing up to court (the officer gets paid overtime to show up to court). Why give him a bigger paycheck for being a jackass.
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Excessive Speed?

Totally B-S!! Making a quota probably and you were the unfortunate recipient of the verbage from the cop. I don't know if in your area the police have to write a certain amount of tickets monthly. Here in NY is brutal. Not that the police ever admit to this practice but there have been at times of slow down by the cop cars giving tickets,as part of contract negotiations, elected officials have admonished the troopers for not enforcing "safety". Logically speaking they are in essence telling the troopers to give more speeding tickets because municipalities need the money to operate. Speeding tickets, parking fines in NY State and NYC are part of general funds and make the government lots of money, they count on this money as part of revenues, a hidden tax that they never disclose how much money it makes. As usual is on the taxpayers back.
I heard the other day that the silver color is the least ticketed color in the US. Other than repainting, just drive carefully where these "fine officers of the law" are. Sports car, young man = speeding ticket.
On another note congrats on your fine acquisition. It won't be your last speeding ticket so be careful and enjoy the Boxster.

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drove 120 miles to visit a friend who was helping to open up a new restaraunt in Hundterdon County, NJ. Think long dark roads going through many different towns with each town posting one police cruiser to fish for ticket funds. The Valentine One saved me twice. Although with the roads so desolate the radar waves travel long distances so the detector was warning me many miles before I got up to the cop. The V1 was a must have for this part of the world, my friend was busted so many times doing the measely 10-15 miles over the limit that he had his license suspended for six months and had to ride his mountain bike during winter : (
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Jeannot, sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your time in Melbourne.

You should give it another try outside of work. It is a fantastic city for lifestyle. OK, we don't have a harbour bridge or opera house, but food and shopping are the best in Australia. During our summer months, the outdoors lifestyle is great and it's hood down driving everyday.

You are right about the tolling system. It's a bit of a mystery.....
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Florida is a good place to get a ticket, pay one of those ticket-fixer laywers and you have no worries, it's all about revenue here.
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Old 02-08-2005, 12:46 PM   #19
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No no no, I absolutely loved my time in MLB, although out of the 3 times I went there, 2 were in winter :-)
It's very nice, fantastic food, modern, stylish. I really loved it. I meant oppressed, as a DRIVER, not as a DINER, PEDESTRIAN, TOURIST, FOREIGNER etc
I was just ********************ing about the tolling thing, I love it otherwise

PS> My typical places where I go for work are in Eastern Europe and NEVER as nice as Australia :-)
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"You know what, I think if I had a Porsche, I wouldn’t put the front plate on either. Id just pay the ticket every once in a while and leave the plate off."

Well I ran into a different cop this morning, and he gave me a ticket for not having the front plate. My problem with this guy was that he pulled me over, then walked up and started saying how beautiful my car was yada yada yada, then gave me the ticket, then started talking about the car again. I honestly was pulled over for about 15 mins, and 10 of it was the cop asking me all about the car. Very strange, I think he pulled me over to check the car out.

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