The Truth About Cars » Speeding http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:30:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Speeding http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com New Year’s Eve, 1993: The Distributor Plate and the New Mexico Police http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/new-years-eve-1993-distributor-plate-new-mexico-police/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/new-years-eve-1993-distributor-plate-new-mexico-police/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1252633 Gather a bunch of factory guys together in a bar and you can smell the bullshit flying from a mile away. In this case, the factory guys were myself and other field sales managers from American Honda Motor Company, and the bar was located inside the Marriott in Torrance, California. The talk turned to working with Honda dealerships. “I […]

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Gather a bunch of factory guys together in a bar and you can smell the bullshit flying from a mile away. In this case, the factory guys were myself and other field sales managers from American Honda Motor Company, and the bar was located inside the Marriott in Torrance, California. The talk turned to working with Honda dealerships. “I […]

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Bark’s Bites: I Won’t Fight This Ticket, But I Should http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/barks-bites-wont-fight-ticket/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/barks-bites-wont-fight-ticket/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1173410 Earlier in the day on Tuesday, as I drove my brilliant little Ford Fiesta ST on Route 15 through the rolling hills of Kentucky on my way to Kingsport, Tennessee, I was wondering what the topic of my Wednesday column would be. Thankfully, later in the evening, Kingsport’s Finest solved that issue for me. In […]

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Earlier in the day on Tuesday, as I drove my brilliant little Ford Fiesta ST on Route 15 through the rolling hills of Kentucky on my way to Kingsport, Tennessee, I was wondering what the topic of my Wednesday column would be. Thankfully, later in the evening, Kingsport’s Finest solved that issue for me. In […]

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In Which Our Author Narrowly Missed a Trip to Jail http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/author-narrowly-missed-trip-jail/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/author-narrowly-missed-trip-jail/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1104377 Or, as I call it, Virginia is stupid… Last month I spent a fantastic weekend at Pittsburg International Race Complex working my part time gig coaching in supercars. PittsRace is a great facility, lots of runoff, wonderful employees and a pretty great go-kart track. If you swing by, tell Mikey that Mental sends his best. My […]

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Or, as I call it, Virginia is stupid… Last month I spent a fantastic weekend at Pittsburg International Race Complex working my part time gig coaching in supercars. PittsRace is a great facility, lots of runoff, wonderful employees and a pretty great go-kart track. If you swing by, tell Mikey that Mental sends his best. My […]

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ACLU Challenges Arrests For Headlight-Flashing To Warn Of Speed-Traps http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/aclu-challenges-arrests-headlight-flashing-warn-speed-traps/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/aclu-challenges-arrests-headlight-flashing-warn-speed-traps/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=964786 There is more wacky traffic enforcement news coming out of Missouri this month than any other state. Last week, the Missouri attorney general began proceedings to shut down the ability of thirteen speed-trap-infested towns to generate excessive revenue from traffic tickets. Also last week, the cities of O’Fallon, Lake Saint Louis and St. Peters filed suit against St. Charles County saying […]

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There is more wacky traffic enforcement news coming out of Missouri this month than any other state. Last week, the Missouri attorney general began proceedings to shut down the ability of thirteen speed-trap-infested towns to generate excessive revenue from traffic tickets. Also last week, the cities of O’Fallon, Lake Saint Louis and St. Peters filed suit against St. Charles County saying […]

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The World’s Dumbest Traffic School http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/the-worlds-dumbest-traffic-school/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/the-worlds-dumbest-traffic-school/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:01:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=785497 I drive around 30,000 miles a year and so it is inevitable that I occasionally get stopped for speeding. Thanks to taking “Traffic Safety” schools that allow scofflaws like me to avoid having the infraction appear on my driving record, I have a spotless history: numerous arrests, no convictions. A few weeks ago I blundered […]

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I drive around 30,000 miles a year and so it is inevitable that I occasionally get stopped for speeding. Thanks to taking “Traffic Safety” schools that allow scofflaws like me to avoid having the infraction appear on my driving record, I have a spotless history: numerous arrests, no convictions. A few weeks ago I blundered […]

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Traffic Tickets On A Sliding Scale? Maybe It’s Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/traffic-tickets-on-a-sliding-scale-maybe-its-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/traffic-tickets-on-a-sliding-scale-maybe-its-time/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:21:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492772 In January 2010 a Swiss court handed down a $290,000 fine on a traffic violation. To be sure , the violation in question was a big one and involved speeds approaching 180mph. Police say that, once they rolled in behind the speeding car, it took it nearly a half mile to come to a complete […]

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In January 2010 a Swiss court handed down a $290,000 fine on a traffic violation. To be sure , the violation in question was a big one and involved speeds approaching 180mph. Police say that, once they rolled in behind the speeding car, it took it nearly a half mile to come to a complete […]

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ATS Red Light Camera Claims Driver Pulled 4g Turn http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/ats-red-light-camera-claims-driver-pulled-4g-turn/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/ats-red-light-camera-claims-driver-pulled-4g-turn/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:10:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454178 The city of St Petersburg, Florida uses camera systems sold by American Traffic Solutions (ATS, formerly American Traffic Systems) to issue tickets to drivers allegedly running red lights. According to The Newspaper, when the activists at St Petersburg Red Light Cameras reviewed logs of the 21,602 photo tickets issued in the city from October 29, […]

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The city of St Petersburg, Florida uses camera systems sold by American Traffic Solutions (ATS, formerly American Traffic Systems) to issue tickets to drivers allegedly running red lights. According to The Newspaper, when the activists at St Petersburg Red Light Cameras reviewed logs of the 21,602 photo tickets issued in the city from October 29, […]

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Generation Why: If You Are Under 25 Or An Idiot, Please Don’t Buy A Scion FR-S Or Subaru BRZ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/generation-why-if-you-are-under-25-or-an-idiot-please-dont-buy-a-scion-fr-s-or-subaru-brz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/generation-why-if-you-are-under-25-or-an-idiot-please-dont-buy-a-scion-fr-s-or-subaru-brz/#comments Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441007 With the release of the SciBaru FRZ just weeks away, everyone’s been caught up in the sticker price, available options and aftermarket support for the car, but nobody has asked a crucial question; what about insurance? Insurance premiums tend to vary by jurisdiction, but under-25 males (such as myself) always suffer from financial trauma when […]

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With the release of the SciBaru FRZ just weeks away, everyone’s been caught up in the sticker price, available options and aftermarket support for the car, but nobody has asked a crucial question; what about insurance? Insurance premiums tend to vary by jurisdiction, but under-25 males (such as myself) always suffer from financial trauma when […]

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Ohio: Legislature Considers Ban On “Visual Guess” Speeding Tickets http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/ohio-legislature-considers-ban-on-visual-guess-speeding-tickets/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/ohio-legislature-considers-ban-on-visual-guess-speeding-tickets/#comments Tue, 15 Jun 2010 13:29:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=358892 A bipartisan effort to overturn a controversial Ohio Supreme Court ruling garnered the support of twelve of the state Senate’s thirty-three members in just four days. Senators Tim Grendell (R-Chesterland) and Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard) jointly introduced legislation on Thursday that would forbid police from issuing speeding tickets based solely on the officer’s best speed […]

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A bipartisan effort to overturn a controversial Ohio Supreme Court ruling garnered the support of twelve of the state Senate’s thirty-three members in just four days. Senators Tim Grendell (R-Chesterland) and Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard) jointly introduced legislation on Thursday that would forbid police from issuing speeding tickets based solely on the officer’s best speed […]

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UK Blazes New Trails In Orwellian Speed Enforcement http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/uk-blazes-new-trails-in-orwellian-speed-enforcement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/uk-blazes-new-trails-in-orwellian-speed-enforcement/#comments Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:35:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353466 How cruelly ironic is it that the UK, home of the world’s most vibrant sportscar cottage industry and some of the most notorious “petrolheads” in Europe, is also the world’s leader in automated ticketing and surveillance? Oh, and before you try to answer, understand that Old Blighty’s Orwellian tendencies have just hit a new high/low. […]

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How cruelly ironic is it that the UK, home of the world’s most vibrant sportscar cottage industry and some of the most notorious “petrolheads” in Europe, is also the world’s leader in automated ticketing and surveillance? Oh, and before you try to answer, understand that Old Blighty’s Orwellian tendencies have just hit a new high/low. […]

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Chicago Tribune: No Probation For “Extreme Speeders” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/chicago-tribune-no-probation-for-extreme-speeders/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/chicago-tribune-no-probation-for-extreme-speeders/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 21:15:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349968 Enforcing laws against victimless crimes is never easy. Limited resources force local governments to constantly assess their law-enforcement priorities, assigning the squad cars and jail beds to the most pressing problems facing their jurisdiction. The problems that don’t make the cut? Unless there’s a revenue motive at play (see: red light cameras, speed cameras), local […]

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Enforcing laws against victimless crimes is never easy. Limited resources force local governments to constantly assess their law-enforcement priorities, assigning the squad cars and jail beds to the most pressing problems facing their jurisdiction. The problems that don’t make the cut? Unless there’s a revenue motive at play (see: red light cameras, speed cameras), local […]

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Georgia Enacts Speeding Ticket Tax http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/georgia-enacts-speeding-ticket-tax/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/georgia-enacts-speeding-ticket-tax/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2010 14:45:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=340885 Drivers in Georgia were hit for the first time last Friday with a new tax on speeding tickets designed to raise between $25 and $30 million in annual revenue for the general fund. The plan was modeled on the driver responsibility taxes in states like Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Texas. A similar plan […]

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Drivers in Georgia were hit for the first time last Friday with a new tax on speeding tickets designed to raise between $25 and $30 million in annual revenue for the general fund. The plan was modeled on the driver responsibility taxes in states like Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Texas. A similar plan […]

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California Cities Skirt Law With Administrative Speeding Tickets http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/california-cities-skirt-law-with-administrative-speeding-tickets/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/california-cities-skirt-law-with-administrative-speeding-tickets/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2009 15:18:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=338871 A number of local jurisdictions in California have quietly turned to administrative citations for speeding tickets as a means of circumventing state law. The legislature had set down a very specific set of procedures for issuing and adjudicating traffic violations, including a split of the revenue for each ticket between the state, county, municipality and […]

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A number of local jurisdictions in California have quietly turned to administrative citations for speeding tickets as a means of circumventing state law. The legislature had set down a very specific set of procedures for issuing and adjudicating traffic violations, including a split of the revenue for each ticket between the state, county, municipality and […]

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Autobiography: ’69 Plymouth Fury http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/02/autobiography-69-plymouth-fury/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008/02/autobiography-69-plymouth-fury/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2008 13:39:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/editorials/plymouth-fury/ plym6901.jpgSomewhere west of Ogallala, rocketing across the plains at ninety-six in a sixty-nine Plymouth Fury, a twangy voice lectured us with the old song: “love and marriage, love and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage.” My two female traveling companions and I exchanged glances, laughed and sang along. “…you can’t have one without the other.” In that precious moment, everything crystallized: what it meant to be nineteen in 1972, free as a bird, barreling down the freeway in a powerful American sedan.

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plym6901.jpgSomewhere west of Ogallala, rocketing across the plains at ninety-six in a sixty-nine Plymouth Fury, a twangy voice lectured us with the old song: “love and marriage, love and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage.” My two female traveling companions and I exchanged glances, laughed and sang along. “…you can’t have one without the other.” In that precious moment, everything crystallized: what it meant to be nineteen in 1972, free as a bird, barreling down the freeway in a powerful American sedan.

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