Question of the Day: How's Your Luck With The Cops?
I was recently chatting with a friend whose OCD makes Farago's look like drunken absentmindedness, when she revealed that over the weekend was her 10th time getting pulled over and getting out of it.Sure, she's very pretty and very blond, but even still. That's one Hell of a lucky streak. Running back through my own encounters with Johnny Law I realized that I'm about 50/50. Ironically, the faster and more expensive my ride, the luckier I am. Case in point, when I dumped the GT500's clutch and laid tire tracks for almost an entire block, the officer wanted to know how I liked the overblown Shelby compared to the regular GT. Going 55 in a 35 mph behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer? Not so lucky. Going [s]135[/s] 100 mph in a WRX? Got written up for 85 mph. Going 80 mph in a green Sentra? Traffic school. How about you?
Only 1 speeding ticket in almost 16 years of driving....I was in my then 2001 Lexus ES 300 & in my late 20's. Long story short, the officer could not get his head around the fact that this was my car & did not cut me a break (hey I'm Canadian so all was polite).....I fought the ticket in court & 2 years later almost to the day, I paid a small fine with no points....the original ticket was a 4 pointer & $295.00 fine. Have a nice day officer!
I've only been pulled over twice in the last 20 years despite some fairly enthusiastic driving. Both times I was issued pretty bogus tickets - and both times I won in court by presenting the evidence clearly and politely showing the officer was just plain wrong to have issued a ticket. Luckily some judges still are fair.
I never get out of tickets, no matter what I'm driving. What does happen is, since I'm a lawyer, I receive "professional courtesy" from most DAs and wind up with a non-moving violation.
Hmmm I dont get moving violations. I dont get parking infractions. My car is in good working order. And I have all of my documentation. Maybe Im just a lunatic? My luck isnt too good. Maybe Im just doing stupid things? I drive a sensible car.. a Red 00 4cycl Accord. But I might not drive it sensibly. 75-80 average ... 90-110 occassionally. I drive the same route pretty much daily, and I know where the cops are. Ive gotten bagged in the same place.. like 3 times, because he came up behind me. (Normally he's in the median) But now I stick with slower traffic.. and keep the speedo around that area under mach 4. The other areas.. are a crap shoot. I did get out of one.. it was a weird occasion. I just got done test driving a Mazda 3 5dr hatch feeling all happy and .. and I had basically tailed this cop from where I work in one state.. to basically the end of his jurisdiction. I told him I do this everyday and made a horrible excuse, and took full blame. He let me go.. and I said 5 hail maryies. My luck.. is pretty damn bad. I wonder what I could buy.. that would get me looked at.. FOR THE RIGHT REASONS?!