By on April 12, 2011

Don’t click the video if you are at work, are sensitive to multiple abuses of the English language, or are prone to motion sickness. The rest of you… go right ahead, and see how awesome it is to be a cop. Every sixteen-year-old driver in the world dreams of doing things like this, right?

Of course, the killjoys among us might point out that the police officer endangered multiple lives while clearing the lane so he could speed with impunity. He frightened a driver who was not breaking the law, he increased the likelihood that one of the cars around him would react in a manner which could injure someone (like slamming on the brakes without warning) and he starts off the video by tailgating the Civic ahead to a level rarely seen outside of Spec Miata racing. Oh well. If we want this omelet of consequence-free reckless highway operation by “trained” cops, we’ll have to break a few eggs.

Those of you with Panthers (including, ahem, the Town Car) can get some of that same left-lane clearance by purchasing wig-wag headlight flashers. Just zip up behind Joe Citizen, hit the button, and move his ass out the way, yo! As long as your target dawdler isn’t an off-duty cop, it works fine.

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120 Comments on “Absolute Power Corrupts… Awesomely...”


  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    People always ask me “Why, if you’re such a closet anarchist, do you support speed cameras?”

    This is why.

  • avatar
    tekdemon

    Actually the driver of the Civic was driving badly because you’re not supposed to sit in the left lane if you’re not passing.  This idiot was sitting in the left lane and going the same speed as the Odyssey and completely blocking off passing.  Wish more cops would pull over morons doing this crap since they cause other drivers to have to pass on the right incorrectly.  This is pretty much the only thing that causes me to get road rage because you have these idiots sitting in the left lane going the exact same speed as the car in the lane to the right then ignoring you when you high-beam them to tell them to get out of the lane.

    Wish the cop would have actually stopped them to give them a lesson on staying the hell out of the left lane if they’re not gonna pass.

    • 0 avatar
      Detroit-Iron

      1) He was probably driving normally (a little faster than the people in the center lane) until the a-hole in the cruiser parked himself 6″ off his bumper without turning his lights on.
      2) The cop did not pull him over.  He tailgated him across three lanes before returning to the left lane without signaling.

      • 0 avatar
        tekdemon

        You can see him blocking the cops path entirely by going up next to the odyssey and actually driving slower than the flow even though he is in a passing lane. the cop might have been tailgating improperly but the civic was definitely not using the lane properly. I’m a very calm driver but even I start getting road rage when people pull this crap. On two lane highways I’ll often see two cars side by side going 5 under and no amount of high beams or honking will get the idiot in the left lane to move so people start tailgating to try and put some pressure on them to move. It usually only works right if your care in a huge vehicle since the retard drivers actually get scared. Funny that even a cop car didn’t send the civic a message here.

    • 0 avatar

      I AGREE 100%.  The cop should have ticketed the Civic in my opinion.  The LEft Lane should always be used for high speed passing. All too often on my Souther State Parkway, we have idiots who slow down the left lane and cause people to try to pass at high speed in the right lane – problem is: soon as someone enters from a ramp at speed they’ll end up hitting someone in the right lane who can’t slow down.

      • 0 avatar
        Advance_92

        More likely everyone around the cop slowed to the speed limit, and the Civic was stuck next to the minivan.  You can’t speed up, and with a cop on your bumper you can’t exactly slow down, either.
        Any cop I’ve seen worth their salt is either driving well above the speed limit or five below to ensure traffic around them isn’t too disrupted.

    • 0 avatar
      ChevyIIfan

      I agree the idiot should not have been sitting in the left lane like that. The cop would not have pulled him over if he was actually passing the guy instead of hogging the lane. This has happened to me several times- I am slowly passing (actually passing, not sitting there like the civic) a car and I catch a cop coming up rapidly on me. I have sped up to get ahead of the other car so the cop could pass, never a problem.
      However, that said, the quickest way to enrage me is to flash your highs at me when I am already going 5 over passing a truck or so. Who do you think you are, flashing at me? You’re not a cop, you’re just some bonehead wanting to do 15 over? Piss off, you do NOT flash your f-inglights at me. I have immediately slowed down and not passed when this has happened.

      • 0 avatar
        lets drive

        IMO, if you’re going to pass, be considerate and commit to it, then slow back down after getting over. Passing a truck by doing a mere 5 mph more, can be equally unsafe, as they have potential blind spots.

        Just as the person behind you flashing isn’t a cop, it’s also not your job to enforce the law by trying to dictate who can speed and who can’t. I’m not saying endanger yourself, but at the same time, I see too many people on the road with this same attitude, who feel the need to police others.

        It’s so much easier to just make your move, then move out of the way. 

        As to the civic in the video, it really depends on the state law, as to whether or not he should be passing on the far left. In my state (MD), you can camp in the left lane all you want, so long as you are doing the speed limit. Terrible.

  • avatar
    Brian P

    The cop perhaps shouldn’t have been following that closely … but that Civic’s driver was an ignorant left-lane hogger. The cop’s move placed the Civic in the proper lane for its speed.
     
    As for hogging the left lane not being illegal … Technically, it’s against the law here, but it is seldom enforced.

    • 0 avatar
      Amendment X

      Agreed. I would have done the same thing if I were the cop. The jackass shouldn’t have been in the left lane.

      In fact, I’d like to see the police do that more often.

    • 0 avatar
      NulloModo

      The Civic seemed to be traveling slower than the cars in the lanes to its right, so a case could be made that the driver was guilty of impeding the flow of traffic, which I believe is a ticketable offense in NJ.  It’s been a while since I’ve driven the NJ Turnpike, but if memory serves, along with all of the ‘speed checked by aircraft’ signs, there are some stating that slower traffic should keep right.

      Still, the cop shouldn’t have been tailgating as badly as he was. If the Civic driver and flinched or slammed the brakes in response the lights and siren suddenly going off, it could have led to a massive pile up, including Mr. Douchasaurus our narrator and his Miley Cyrus sound-a-like companion.

      • 0 avatar
        John R

        I’m on the NJ turnpike with some regularity and those sign don’t do shit, pardon the French. It literally takes 5-6 cars cutting them off in succession for them to get a hint.

      • 0 avatar
        thesilence

        Agreeing with John R.  I think they teach Jersey drivers that they’re free to use whatever lane they want.  Typically, the far right lane on any Jersey highway is used for passing, not exiting.
        As soon as I see someone in the left lane with a Jersey plate, I get over to the right.

      • 0 avatar
        caljn

        @thesilence: And all New Yorkers (just a guess) are self important, a’holes.

    • 0 avatar
      thats one fast cat

      Ditto.  The penalty for the brain dead morons that don’t understand left from right should be the same points on the license (+3 in VA) for speeding.  There is a reason that all of those white signs on the highway (slower traffic move right) are there.  

      Too bad he didn’t ticket that idiot.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      It’s likely that the Civic driver was driving the speed limit to avoid being pulled over…

      Compliance with the letter of the law is I do when cops tailgate me — it wouldn’t be the first time that a cop tailgated someone and then pulled them over for speeding when they speed up…. Plus, giving an inch to a bully is always a bad idea.

      • 0 avatar
        itsgotvtakyo

        Or you could not be an idiot, signal right and change lanes.

      • 0 avatar
        tekdemon

        What you would do is signal for a lane change then wait for an opening so the cop know you’re changing lanes to get out of the left lane. Otherwise they get pissed because you’re improperly using the passing lane. honestly wish they’d actually pull over for a good talking to.

    • 0 avatar
      vento97

      > As for hogging the left lane not being illegal … Technically, it’s against the law here, but it is seldom enforced.

      This is how left-lane bandits should be dealt with.  Especially those who do not heed the “Keep Right Except to Pass” signs…

    • 0 avatar
      cwallace

      That cop must have been a recent Houston transfer.  Good for him for putting that Civic on the far right, where it belonged.

  • avatar
    GS650G

    What a great time to test the ceramic brake pads and 12 inch rotors on the front of my car. Those unicorns come out of nowhere and run right in front of you sometimes.
     
    I had one in an unmarked car draft me outside New Orleans. He put his shoulder and patch right up to the window when he went by on the right to make sure I knew he was important. I ended up next to him at a red light off the highway and showed him my shoulder to the glass too. I got the finger for my troubles.
    Must be a form of greeting or male bonding down there.

    • 0 avatar
      mazder3

      Don’t try this at home but a really fun thing to do with tailgaters is to pull your e-brake! They never see it coming and they usually stay off your bumper after that.

      • 0 avatar
        itsgotvtakyo

        Or you could observe left lane etiquette so I don’t have to high beam and tailgate.

      • 0 avatar
        carsinamerica

        If I’m not in the far-left lane, my technique is just to lift off the gas completely, and coast until the tailgater gets the hint and opens up a space. Then I resume the cruise control. Turning on the emergency flashers at 60 mph also gets you appropriate following distance quite quicky, I’ve found.

  • avatar
    K5ING

    I say that we give that trooper three cheers.  This is the first time in over 40 years of driving I have seen the cops let someone know that it is NOT all right to camp out in the fast lane and not move over.  This cop let the guy know that it ISN’T ok.  Kudos to the tropper.
     

  • avatar
    skor

    This was recorded on I80.
     
    I’m no cop sycophant, but the asshat in the fast lane was impeding, I see it all the time.  Some clown appoints himself king of the road.
     
    BTW, the cop was going to pull over this Jersey moron, but it appears he got an urgent call, so he took off.  Some years ago a cop pulled me over,  while he was going through the motions, he got a call.  He told me to be more careful, handed back by paper work, ran to his cruiser, and took with the lights and siren going.  Sometimes you get lucky.

    • 0 avatar
      Bluliner

      I’ve been that asshat.
       
      Driving at normal highway speeds and all of the sudden a PI rushes into your rear view mirror. Are you going to continue to drive at ‘normal’ speeds -or- will you slow down so you don’t have money confiscated from you? You’re going to slow down…just like all the other asshats around you. The highway will slow to 55-60mph when a cop is tailing someone.
       
      When you move out of said law enforcer’s way, he/she/whateveryoucallatransgendertrooper will speed off to whatever speed they damn well please. I’ve also been passed like I’ve been moving backwards by cops from jurisdictions that are over an hour away. WTF is up with that?
       
       

      • 0 avatar
        skor

        Like I said, I’m no friend of the cops, but I also despise passing lane hogs.  I live in Jersey,  not too far from where this was recorded.  The law in Jersey is clear: Keep to the right, pass on the left.
         
        When I’m in the left lane, and someone comes up from behind that’s traveling faster, I move over and let them by, doesn’t matter if it’s a cop or civilian.  That’s good road etiquette.  You really need to grow up.

      • 0 avatar
        aspade

        2. Tales of arbitrary speed limit enforcement are high enough to give one pause around troopers.
         
        And there’s no better way to coax some of that arbitrary enforcement out of one of them than passive aggressive ass hat moves like blocking the road.
         

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      But the cop started by putting the guy in danger by tailgating him.  That’s not OK.

      • 0 avatar
        tekdemon

        He only ends up so close because the idiot was going slower than he should while in a lane he shouldn’t be hogging. The cop should have backed off but the reason he didn’t was because he was hoping the idiot would get the drift and speed up and get out of the lane. Mostly the idiot civic driver is the one putting everyone in danger by being a jackass in the left lane. In places like Germany you’d definitely get a ticket for not moving over when a car behind is attempting to pass, drivers have to see how fast the car behind them is driving and gauge for the need to get out of the way

  • avatar
    RGS920

    Two wrongs don’t make a right.  It’s against the law, even in New Jersey to tailgate, especially like that!  The Officer should have stayed at least a good car length back from the civic until it was clear the civic driver wasn’t going to switch into the traveling lane.  In which case the cop could have chosen to safely pull the civic over to give them a warning or a well deserved ticket. 

    As much as I hate people who hog the left hand lane it’s even more disgusting when police officers break the law and endanger others just to prove their super citizen status. 

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    you gotta be pretty oblivious to the world if you have a cop on your tail and you DON’T move over

    civic driver got off lucky

  • avatar
    Dukeboy01

    Personally I consider it a public service to clear the left lane for you. Silver unmarked Crown Vic PI with a blacked out grille and the blue Kojak light on the dash. Nobody wants that car behind them. If you approach authoritatively, most folks clear out well before you get to them. if they don’t, I find that tailgating is often counterproductive. Better to back off a little bit and let them get a good view of that yawning black honeycomb grille. It might take a little while, but within a mile or two, that right turn- signal blinker will start to flash and the way is clear. Let me by and I’ll keep all the left lane bandits out of both of our way. I’ve seen people move out of the center lane to the far right lane on a six- lane highway as I approached in the left lane. When was the last time you set your cruise control at 80 mph during morning rush hour traffic in a major metropolitan area? Fall in behind me and we can both do it tomorrow morning.

    Absolute power on the Interstate? For your information it’s real… and it’s spectacular.

  • avatar

    Sorry guys, but I don’t see the Civic driver as being a left lane bandit. Of all the other cars that were traveling in the same direction, only one seems to have passed the Civic. Basically the Civic driver is going with the flow of traffic. In Michigan there’s not obligation to drive on the right when there are more than two lanes of traffic. I don’t see this driver as impeding traffic at all (other than the cop).
    Today on the Lodge going down to the SAE world congress at Cobo I got in the left lane just to have more space between me and the car in front, not to go faster.
     
    The key is going with the flow and I think the Civic driver was doing so. The cop was being a complete dick trying to make the guy think he was being pulled over after he acted like all of would act to avoid a ticket.
     
    You’re the Civic driver, you see a cop behind you so you keep it at the speed limit and certainly not being the fastest driver around at the time. You’d get over, to the right but traffic is kind of heavy and you’re not doing anything wrong so you decide that staying put in front of the cop is the safest thing that you can do. The cop doesn’t have the emergency lights on so you don’t have to legally yield right of way.

    • 0 avatar
      skor

      This is the law in New Jersey
       
       
      A Summons for Failure to Keep Right (39:4-83 or sometimes charged as 39:4-88) will cost
      you two points on your license and as described below possible other driver license penalties.    This ticket is
      commonly given to Commercial Truck or Bus Drivers who are not allowed to drive in the left hand lane on any
      highway or road with 2 or more lanes.  However, sometimes it is given to anyone who stays in the left lane
      other than to pass a car.  

      The Law States That: You are only allowed to be in the left hand lane of any roadway with two or more lanes
      to pass another car, it is not considered a driving lane.   In addition, to the points associated with this ticket
      you could also receive up to 15 days in jail.  (note that unless your offense involves an accident or other
      violations at the same time, or a mandatory court appearance it is rare, but possible for a judge to impose jail
      or suspend your license).  

      The Points associated with this ticket can cost you dearly on your insurance.  Each point on your license will
      increase your insurance rates on average $600 – $1200 per year for 3 years. For Insurance purposes it
      takes 3 years from the date of your violation/conviction for the points to be eliminated off your insurance.  
      That is why a conviction for this offense should be fought with proper legal representation.

      In addition to possible jail the judge does have the discretion to suspend your license.  If you lose your
      license either because you have accumulated too many points or because the judge feels that your violation
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      http://www.aalsberg.com/Failuretokeepright.html

    • 0 avatar
      Jimal

      @Ronnie Schreiber, normally I agree with you but not this time. Whether it is written (the autobahn, for example, where passing on the right is strictly prohibited, or New Jersey) or unwritten (just about everywhere but in the northeast) the left lane is for passing. Okay, the cop was way too close, but how long was he back there? How oblivious was the driver of the Civic to what was going on around them?

      And per New Jersey law, the Civic driver did have to yield right of way because the left lane is for passing only.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      Ronnie,
      I smell a rotten driver in you.
      The way you build the distance is not by switching the lane but by stopping acceleration.
      “The key is going with the flow…” Ronnie, the flow is flowing on the right. On the left at slow you’re stopping the flow.
      Do you have a T-shirt that says: “I am a bad driver”? No? Then buy one!

      • 0 avatar
        mnm4ever

        +1 slavuta!

        Thats a common thing here in FL, people just move on over to the left without any plans to go any faster than the cars in thier own lane.  I guess they think they should space things out more, but all it does is slow down faster traffic.  Really annoying!!

  • avatar
    MarkySparky

    If I ever get ticketed for following too close (or rear-end someone) on interstate I will be sure to reference this post’s comments as my positive moral defense.  Give me a break.
    1.Tailgating is dangerous, even when cops (with their special training) do it.
    2. Tales of arbitrary speed limit enforcement are high enough to give one pause around troopers.
    3. Nobody in their right mind speeds up once a cop starts drafting, esp w/o lights/siren.
     

    • 0 avatar
      Jimal

      3. You don’t have to speed up. You can slow down to find a game and have the same result. I get the feeling the cop was following that car for a while before he got up close and personal.

      • 0 avatar
        MarkySparky

        I agree that left-lane bandits are the scourge of the interstate.  I also agree that the cop in question was doing a public service by clearing the lane for passing traffic.
         
        However, the issue is not the technical or ethical infractions of the Civic, it is the blatant unsafe driving by a cop in a non-emergency situation.  There are other ways to clear a lane than by tailgating, to wit: flash headlights, flash emergency lights, blip siren, point, get on the PA and start cussing, etc.  None of those are remotely as dangerous as drafting someone who has a van blocking the right lane, and is terrified of speeding up because they might get ticketed.
         
        Teaching left-lane bandits a lesson: good.
        Driving dangerously in your capacity as a government agent: bad
         

  • avatar

    I always hate it when cops abuse authority like hitting the lights to go through an intersection only to shut them off once they’re through or parking wherever they please as examples, among many others.
    But that….. was fantastic, that cop should be applauded for doing that, albeit a bit too aggressive IMO.
    Obviously the Civic driver knew he was being tailgated, but like most clueless left lane hogs assumed since he was doing the speed limit means no need to move over.
    Whoever was in the Civic richly deserved that and I hope they learned a lesson, but probably didn’t.

  • avatar
    Jerome10

    Set proper speed limits and we can get these clowns completely off the highway.

    And someone driving slowly while others want to pass will quickly realize from the rest of the drivers that they need to move over.

    • 0 avatar
      rwb

      Not true.

      I’ve gestured wildly, stuck to peoples’ bumpers for many, many miles with long lines behind me as the driver in front cruised at 64 while dutifully inspecting their egg McMuffin or twirling their hair.

  • avatar
    EyeMWing

    Sadly, the days of the Panther Priority Lane are severely numbered. Soon we’ll have to teach the morons to respect Tauruses and Chargers – and those aren’t likely to have the insane design longevity of the CVPI, making it harder to burn them into everyone’s memory.

  • avatar
    blau

    Just one gigantic asshole shitting all over a smaller asshole.

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    Seems pigs and border collies share an irresistable herding instinct…

    … and down with the left-lane-dawdlers!

    “Slower Traffic – Keep Right”, and “Keep Right Except to Pass”… stupid 55 mph law caused removal of so many of those signs that all discipline and etiquette was lost…

  • avatar
    Buckshot

    I hate Pigs but in this case they were right.
    He/she is probably on the cellphone.
     
    I remainds me of an incident i had last year.
    I was following this hog for several kilometers when i got tired of it and passed on the right.
    Then the retard got angry, flashed his lights and gave me the finger.
    We were the only cars on the road, so he could have maintained his speed in the right lane.
     
     

  • avatar
    mpresley

    My only complaint is that the cop didn’t give the lane hog a ticket.  Must have been on the way to a do-nut bake-off.  And why wasn’t the lane loser driving a Buick?  Or a low-rider with 30 inch chrome rims?  Those are the real questions.

  • avatar
    Hank

    I see people, including cops, tailgate like that in upstate NY on a daily basis.  Most of them are riding the tail of left lane hogs who seem to be absolutely oblivious to the traffic around them.  Both behaviors ought to ring up tickets and points on the license.

  • avatar
    Robbie

    The problem here is that the left lane driver thinks that the cop will ticket him/her if he/she drives 1mph too fast to pass and merge right. This is a realistic fear given how police departments in some areas from time to time react to getting low on money.

  • avatar
    RangerM

    From 2006, I-285 in Atlanta.

    • 0 avatar

      Something about that 6 lane ring road inspires Georgia’s college students to study traffic. GA Tech had a big traffic modeling and enhancement project back in 2002(ish) and they could show some wild things in their simulations for what happens with different speed limits, driving styles, etc… crazy stuff. I am surprised one of those kids didn’t get hurt with all that Southern Charm washing over their cars.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    I’ve seen cops run their lights just to get through a red light on their way to the donut store.

  • avatar
    teasers

    The cop may have had a more legitimate reason. Often police will be trying to get to a crime scene quickly, and have learned that running with lights and sirens actually makes things worse as people get stupid when a cop is around.
     
    He may have been trying to get that car to move over, then decided to move it over.
    Can’t say I blame him.

    • 0 avatar
      Advance_92

      If he was responding to an emergency the lights would have been on, or the cop would have sped away after the Civic moved.  The fact he followed the Civic over doesn’t indicate he was in a real hurry.

      • 0 avatar
        mnm4ever

        Or you could actually read the post you reply to and realize that he said specifically:

        “Often police will be trying to get to a crime scene quickly, and have learned that running with lights and sirens actually makes things worse as people get stupid when a cop is around”

        You are most likely right, and chances are he wasnt in a hurry, just teaching the driver a lesson.  But thats the point, since you never know what the reason is, you should get the heck out of the way.

  • avatar
    ghillie

    I must have watched a different video from most of the rest of you.  It doesn’t start until after the cop was tailing the Civic.  How do you know what the Civic was doing before the cop started tailing him?   As others have pointed out, once the cop starts tailing you, you’re sure going to keep within the limit whatever you were doing before and whatever the other traffic is doing.
    And there didn’t seem to be much opportunity to pull out of the cop’s way either.  Even if there was, with a cop that close on my tail I’d be scared of doing anything other than staying right where I was.
    I’m not saying lane hogs aren’t a problem, but I don’t see how you can call this driver on it based on the video.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      +1.  The video isn’t long enough to be calling the Civic a left-lane hog.
       
      For all we know, this all started when the Civic moved into the left lane in an attempt to pass the Odyssey, but then slowed his car down when the cop came barreling down on him as he didn’t want a speeding ticket.

      • 0 avatar
        Japanese Buick

        +1. All the B&B reflexively praising the cop in this case are making unwarranted assumptions.

        Let’s see you maintain a 10-over passing speed when a trooper zooms up on your ass and everyone around you slows down to the exact same speed (i.e., the speed limit). Then you’ll have room to talk.

        This was simply road rage with a badge.

      • 0 avatar
        tekdemon

        He’s still driving like an idiot even if he slowed down because of the cop-if you’re going to sit in the left lane when a cop is CLEARLY trying to pass in the left lane you deserve to get pulled over for impeding the cop.  It’s literally the dumbest thing you can do.

        Don’t want to get ticketed for speeding?  Then stop your passing maneuver, *SIGNAL* right, and change into a more right sided lane.  Let the cop pass, then go back into the left lane to resume your passing maneuver.  Sitting there going the exact same speed as the odyssey and blocking the cop from passing you is sheer idiocy and the definition of not knowing how to drive.

        The fact that so many of you seem to think that it’s OK to sit in the left lane just because you’re “scared of the cop” is depressing.  I’ve seen my dumbass friend pulled over because he wouldn’t get out of the left lane when a cop was right behind us in an unmarked car.  You’re gonna end up getting yourself a ticket instead of avoiding one if you do what the moron in the Civic does in the video.

        Scared?  Signal and change lanes.  Less of a coward?  Finish your pass and change lanes-99.9% of the time the cop isn’t gonna ticket you, and even if he *did* ticket you it’s fairly easy to argue that he was tailgating you trying to pass.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    AWESOME! I wish I could do that! Although I never cruise in the fast lane – on a three-lane, I stay in the middle as long as I can do the limit – weather permitting – more often, I stay in the right lane if traffic is light.

    FWIW, in the late 60’s, an old friend’s buddy somehow obtained one of the old “bubble gum machine” cop cherries they used before car bars, hooked it up to the cigarette lighter and got on the highway in north St. Louis county, got behind people, set it on the dashboard, switched it on and had some fun! Of course, it was night, and driving his dad’s car which resembled a cop car enough to make it convincing helped. I don’t think he did it too often before he realized he was playing with fire and stopped – a bit more common sense prevailed in those days. Still…

    Question: Have you ever “followed” somebody while staying ahead of them? It was a lot of fun if it was an attractive girl, plus it was a challenge trying to interpret the turns they might make! Yeah – this also was a l o n g time ago, too!

  • avatar

    FYI, in my country, Belgium, left lane hogging is illegal and though I hate tail-gating (did the brake thing myself, several times when driving in France, where they seem to be very prone to stick to your rear bumper, even at relatively high speed), I wish more cops would free the left lane… also I read that he would have been ticketed if that Civic driver had gone over the limit to pass the other driver to free the left lane… again in my country, you are allowed to go briefly over the limit to pass and free the “fast” lane… maybe if those two particularities were adopted?

  • avatar
    vvk

    > He frightened a driver who was notbreaking the law

    Really???! How is not obeying “slow traffic keep right” NOT BREAKING THE LAW?!!

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      Because he wasn’t slow traffic. He was doing the same speed as the rest of the traffic, and since there was a cop in the area, chances are that everyone was driving exactly the speed limit.

      The purpose of “slow traffic keep left” laws is to keep trucks from doing 45mph up a long hill in the left lane. It’s not to create a wink-wink-nudge-nudge de facto 75-in-a-65 lane.

      • 0 avatar
        mnm4ever

        Thats a big assumption… in Central Florida, traffic generally flows 5-10 UNDER the limit, even when there isnt a lot of traffic.  And left lane hogs are all over the place.

        In South Florida, its the opposite, flow is mostly 10+ over the limit, even the cops generally drive the same pace.  And those crazy “southern” New Yorkers are aggressive, they deal with left lane bandits swiftly!  I stick to the right when I go down there, its insane at rush hour.

      • 0 avatar
        skor

        @Jack Baruth
         
        “Because he wasn’t slow traffic. He was doing the same speed as the rest of the traffic, and since there was a cop in the area, chances are that everyone was driving exactly the speed limit.”
         
        Correct, everyone was doing the speed limit, which means Civic-Tard had no reason to be in the left lane, which is designated the passing lane.  He had no need to pass anyone, therefore he was in volition of of Jersey’s “Keep Right” law.  I’m sorry the cop let this obliviot go and didn’t write him a handful of summons.   It’s also a good thing that Jersey doesn’t have shall issue CCW or I would have shot dozens of these morons by now.

      • 0 avatar
        Japanese Buick

        +1 Jack, I’m surprised that so few of the B&B recognize supercitizen road rage when they see it.  Of course we’ve all fantasized about doing that.  Doesn’t mean the police should.

      • 0 avatar
        rpn453

        It’s also a good thing that Jersey doesn’t have shall issue CCW or I would have shot dozens of these morons by now.

        That’s a weak excuse.  It’s like saying that you would have robbed a bunch of banks by now if it wasn’t illegal to jaywalk to get to them.  Just get out there and shoot some moron drivers.  Nobody is going to care that your gun is being carried illegally.  It will make no practical difference in the sentencing.
         
        I wonder how many other wannabe serial killers are being held back by the inability to legally carry a concealed gun in public?

  • avatar
    mnm4ever

    Couple of points:

    1.  In general, people droning along in the left lane do not notice the long line of cars they are holding up behind them.  They are oblivious to the idea that anyone might want to drive faster than they are, they arent in a hurry and think they should teach us all a lesson in patience.  Thats why its our duty to teach them a lesson… usually a nice cut off with a finger salute does the trick.  If we dont teach them, who will??

    2.  I dont begrudge cops any of thier little side benefits, most of them do a dangerous job and most of them are great guys having to deal with crap management, just like anyone else.  Its no different than me being in IT and getting to sit here and browse TTAC because I AM the guy who monitors internet usage.  Perks of the job I say.

    • 0 avatar

      When the job is enforcing the law, the definition of perks is “corruption”. Dylan famously said that to live outside the law you must be honest. To enforce it you have to be cleaner than Ceasar’s wife.
       
      Do you think that cops should get “professional courtesy” on traffic stops? What about DUIs? Just what laws do you think that LEOs should obey and which ones come with a mulligan for cops?
       
      By your logic, IRS agents should be allowed to cheat on their taxes and your PD’s sex crimes investigators should be free to rape.

      • 0 avatar
        mnm4ever

        This is the point where that little thing called “common sense” would be used.  If more people would use it, we wouldnt need to have useless and stupid traffic laws.  But there seems to always be some people who need to blindly apply a blanket policy to everything, i.e. your comments.

        Obviously, violent crimes and sex crimes, crimes against victims, are not forgivable offenses for anyone, LEO or not.  I am speaking of minor traffic offenses… such as minor speeding.  Most of us speed occasionally, most traffic flows 5-10 over the limit, no ones life is in danger from someone going 80 in a 70, etc.  I am talking about a cop who parks right up front because he can, I am talking about the cop not getting a ticket for not stopping completely at a right turn, or flashing his lights at an intersection to get through right away.  Those are the things people were whining about, and those are stupid things that yea, are perks of the job.

        You guys have no idea if that cop is on his way to a domestic violence call, and needs to be in a hurry, yet cannot use his sirens for fear of alerting the offender.  What if there is a robbery in progress?  Or a shooting?  Sure, I know most likely his shift is over and he is just using that perk to get through rush hour faster than the rest of us.  Thats a perk… and I dont give a damn if he does it.  Tomorrow he might get shot and killed for doing his job, which is not something I need to deal with every day.  He deserves a few minor perks.

        Oh, and from what I learned about life in Roman times, I sincerely doubt Ceasar’s wife was all that clean… :)

      • 0 avatar

        Tomorrow he might get shot and killed for doing his job, which is not something I need to deal with every day.  He deserves a few minor perks.
         
        Statistically, garbagemen have a more dangerous job than LEOs. Society cannot function without garbage collectors. Why shouldn’t garbagemen have the same perks as cops?
         
        Farmers, fishermen, loggers, construction workers and a few other careers have much higher fatality and injury rates than cops (though plenty of cops, I’ll agree, do manage to discover some kind of physical “disability” as they retire so they can pad their already overgenerous pensions). If we start giving mulligans on the law based upon on-the-job risks, I guess race car drivers should be able to drive with impunity.
         
        You don’t have a problem with cops parking in fire lanes. When your business or home burns down because an illegally parked police car delayed the fire department can you even sue that cop? Nope, cops, their unions and their departments have repeatedly gone to court to establish that they have no legal obligation to protect you or your property.
         
        When you work for the government, there are no such things as perks. In my experience, cops and other government employees grossly exaggerate the perks and professional courtesies that exist in the private sector. They also don’t understand the concept of equal justice under the law (unless they view the phrase “under the law” as meaning being deferential and subservient to those entrusted with enforcing the law). That’s a key word, entrust. We place a trust in LEOs that they will be as impartial as possible. When they demand perks they’re telling me that they don’t want to be impartial.
         
        I might be a bit more sympathetic if cops didn’t regard these supposed perks  and professional courtesies as their rights.
         
        What concerns me is that if cops don’t see “perks” and “professional courtesy” as corruption, then their judgement regarding other matters is suspect.

      • 0 avatar
        mnm4ever

        @Ronnie –Garbage men do get perks… first choice of any good stuff anyone throws away.  Also, in most cities they usually get better pay than policeman, because of thier dangerous (and icky) job.  Farmers, fisherman, loggers, etc, everyone has certain perks.  Some are better than others.  I havent paid for software in 25 yrs.  Fisherman get the pick of the catch every day.  Whatever.  I worked for the government for 15 yrs… you think I didnt get perks??  You are crazy, I had way more perks in govt work than ever in private sector.  And I have heard of dozens of lawsuits being settled because of issues of negligence on the part of cops, and thats just in my little local area.  They are not above the law.  There is a common sense difference between professional courtesy, perks, and corruption.  But seriously… parking in a fire zone??  I park in firezones occasionally, who cares?  Im running in a store for 10 mins… what are the odds of it causing anyone serious problems?  I have seen firetrucks literally push cars out of the way… THATS when you cant sue for damages.

        Obviously some cop has seriously pissed in your cheerios, and I am sorry for that.  Also, hell, I am no cop cheerleader, I have been on the recieiving end of powertripping pigs plenty of time, some of them can be real a$$hats, no doubt.  But most of the ones I have met as I got older and became less of an a$$hat myself have turned out to be good guys doing thier job as best the can, and even with a decent amount of common sense.  And most ppl I know who hate cops are also the ones with attitude problems and cops treat them accordingly.

        I have a much bigger problem with lousy inconsiderate drivers than I do with cops teaching them a little courtesy and respect.

  • avatar
    ringomon

    I share everybody’s pain with the left-lane hoggers…
    …but I’ve always wondered about this.
    The speed limit trumps the slower vehicles move to the right law, no?
    Some people seem to think the left lane is a speeding lane- and the right lane is the speed limit lane.
    If the letter of the law- if you are going the maximum speed limit in the left lane you do not have to move over for faster moving vehicles (except for cops- emergency vehicles) because they are breaking the law.  No?  Technically if you are driving the maximum speed limit you cannot legally be passed.  I realize this does not reflect the reality of the road- but it does come into play when people talk like they have a legal right to pass at any speed.
    Does the ‘move over for faster traffic law’ actually suggest that you should move over to let people speed?  Could a cop seriously ticket you in that situation as people seem to suggest? 
    I do get annoyed when I’m going speed limit +10 to pass cars in the right lane, and someone flies up behind me and starts tailgaiting me before I’m done passing.  I’ll get over when I pass the cars on the right of course, but just because you want to go speed limit +20 doesn’t give you some right to drive a foot behind me.  Usually when this happens I actually slow done to show how much I appreciate being tailgated.

    • 0 avatar
      mnm4ever

      Id say “legally”, you are correct.  But I could care less about them getting tickets, most traffic tickets are arbitrary bullshit just to generate revenue anyway.  This is about simple common courtesy.  Sitting there in the left lane driving the same exact speed as the guy next to you and blocking the entire road makes them a total douchebag, and they should get out of the way so people can drive whatever speed they want.

      But I also agree with you on the passing thing, when you are already obviously passing slower cars and someone gets right on your ass… that makes him an even bigger DB than the left lane hogs!  In that situation… a quick tap to let him know works well, and if he doesnt back off… just slow down to the same speed as the cars you were passing for a cpl miles, that generally gets the lesson through his head.

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      You make a very good point.   You’re not obligated—heck, you’d likely be busted—for speeding in the left lane.  Assuming the Civic driver was going the limit, he/she has every right to be there.  It’s the passing lane, not the speeding lane, as you note.
       
      It isn’t the autobahn and you’re under no obligation to move over if someone is speeding.  A police car could run the lights and sirens and then you’d be obligated to move, and that ok.  What’s not, and what is an abuse, is tailgating (which the officer did, and which normal people could be charged for), and feigning a stop (which is just, frankly, power-tripping).
       
      I hope someone turns this video into the equivalent of a police oversight board.  Not that I expect much to happen, but it would be nice to give what is, really, vehicular bullying a little publicity.

      • 0 avatar
        geeber

        Slower traffic yields to faster traffic. It’s basic common sense. The Civic either moves or speeds up to get out of the way. In this case, the car happened to be a police cruiser, so the clueless Civic driver couldn’t block faster traffic indefinitely.

        Another example of how foolishly focusing on two numbers on a sign is ultimately counterproductive.

      • 0 avatar

        Uh, no. This is one of the few cases in which I actually agree with psar. No car in any lane has any obligation to be moving faster than the speed limit, and I’d also argue that said car has no obligation to move out of the way of cars wanting to move faster than the speed limit. Do I hate it when cars do this in the left lane? Of course, but if they’re still doing the speed limit they’re following the law. The “slower traffic keep right” bit is for cars moving slower than the speed limit to move right. What you call “common courtesy” is not law, and it does not call for police harassment.
         
        And yes, I usually drive 75 in the left lane and hate it when idiots do this. But what I hate even more (as discussed above) is when I’m passing at 75-80 and some douche zips up behind me and rides my tail, flashes his lights, etc because he “needs” to be going 85. The mouthbreathers who pull that crap are usually also the ones braying the loudest about how it’s just “courtesy” to get out of their way.

  • avatar
    ringomon

    …. You do not have to get over or speed-up instantly when someone wants to go faster than you from behind as long as you are passing other vehicles on the right I mean- no matter what speed you are going.   I’m not suggesting the letter of the law lets you camp out in the left lane.

    • 0 avatar

      Cops camp out in the left lane all the time. But then they park in left turn lanes, block traffic unnecessarily and in general act in a way that sends us the message that they can do whatever they want to do.
       
      Cops are not saints, they’re just gov’t bureaucrats with the power to take away your property and your liberty. They think they can break the law with impunity and that they are super-citizens, with special privileges.

  • avatar
    GeeDashOff

    Welcome to NJ, now get out of the left lane.
    This cop was doing a service to his community. I wish there were more cops doing this daily.
    If you aren’t passing in the left lane you’re 1) breaking the law in NJ. 2) slowing down the entire highway. 3) a danger to those around you as now you force traffic to pass you on the right.

  • avatar
    geeber

    The one thing you quickly learn to love about driving on the Autobahn is the lane discipline of German drivers. Even if you aren’t cruising along at 100+ mph, the fact that slower traffic stays in the right lane makes driving much more pleasant.

  • avatar

    If police officers gave tickets for sitting in the left lane, then EVERYONE including ambulances, fire trucks, EMS, police, and citizens can use the left lane to pass and avoid all the road rage created by morons that think that just because you are doing the speed limit, you have a right to drive in the left lane.

    The officer should have given a ticket instead of what he did. He accomplished nothing but to make way for himself.

  • avatar
    Robin

    Not sure if the cop just wanted to teach that Civic a lesson, or if he sped off to another call as some above have suggested.

  • avatar
    VanillaDude

    After years of morning commutes across the US, this video reminds me of why I am blessed to no longer commute using an expressway. I swear I added a decade to my life when I left urban/suburban driving for tiny town jaunts to work. Five miles in fifteen minutes to a downtown with free parking.

    What we are seeing is just no fun for anyone.

    • 0 avatar
      Advance_92

      My bike this morning was slightly faster than Lake Shore Drive.  I saw the same original M3 at two different points along my 10 mile commute to confirm it.  The train is normally about the same time as well.  City driving is terrible.

  • avatar
    couper

    I have to agree with several previous posts ; there’s not enough background to accurately judge the situation. my insurance company deems me a ‘good driver’ : I may be more sel-critical at capable or adequate. I drive by road, traffic and weather conditions. I do not need to speed but will admit I don’t always watch the speedo. as an adult I take the responsibility of my actions very seriously and feel absolutely NO NEED for a left lane babysitter. this is not a ‘Jersey thing’ or regional – it’s American. [yes, Pierre Andre, it’s infiltrating the continent.]  on the open road, at whatever speed, I stay to the right. after safely passing [signal,grille in overhead rearview,signal] I return to the right. some other drivers will take the hint and others will not. drivers that don’t should be ‘taken down’ and warned at first; most cops are decent that way. if they’re oblivious to traffic with a cel phone clamped to their head -SEVERAL expensive tickets may be the answer !! again, we don’t know the entire scenario in question and until now I’ve not mentioned intimidation … it’s as real as the fines in traffic court ! drive happy , y’all …

  • avatar
    frizzlefry

    I have seen unmarked (ghost) cars tailgate people just before a speed trap in an attempt to get them to speed up. When there is a cop behind me, I do the limit and stay the course. Wait for them get bored and just go around me. If this guy was left lane hogging then yeah, he should get out of the lane. But if an animal jumped in front of the civic and he slammed his brakes, the cop would have been at fault for the accident. He was WAY too close. He should have stayed further back, no reason to tailgate like that. Staying futher back and using his lights whould have had the same effect.

  • avatar
    jerseydevil

    Althougth my initial reaction was a large belly laugh, I decided that what the cop did was plain wrong.  I am not saying that the person hogging the left lane was right – he/she was driving recklessly and endangering lives by causing people to pass on the left.  Also, its a good practice to look behind you every now and then, just in case theres a cop or an 18 wheeler bearing down on you.

    The cop was tailgaiting.  That is at least as dangerous, possibly more than lane hogging.  It seems that the driver was not aware of the cop tailgaiting – or he/she would surely have pulled over — so the sudden turning on of the roof lights would have come as a shock.  Not the kind of a thing you want to happen to an obvioulsly distracted driver.  With all the traffic on that road, even a small error in judgement could create a HUGE mess.  People die and are maimed every day in traffic accidents. There is no need to add to the carnage to make a point, however justified it might seem.

    The cop should NEVER tailgate.  No one should. It is a recipe for disaster.  If the cop wanted to get by, he/she should have use the  lights and siren from a safe distance.  If then the car didnt pullover, THAT is a ticket.

    I drive on the NJTP often. Everyone is always hogging the left two lanes. The way to pass a clump of cars is to approach on the far right lane, which is often completely clear. I do not understand this behavior, but if u actually want to pass, this is the way to do it. I have no time to wait for some clueless asshole to move over for me, nor will tailgate.

    Worse than clueless drivers are other drivers who have made it their job to teach others a “lesson”.

    • 0 avatar
      mnm4ever

      Ah yes… the voice of maturity, I hate how it always sounds so smart!!  Point taken, and you are right no doubt.  My comment about “teaching them a lesson” was a semi-joke, and not even original, I stole it from Ellen Degeneres.  :)

      As I have gotten older, I am not so unforgiving to bad drivers, I generally let it slide, thanks to my wife who is consistently reminding me how I dont know if they are dealing with a crisis, had a bad night, scared from a recent accident, etc.  Thats why shes my better half.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    If anyone could get the name and phone number of the asshats in the car making the video, I’d like to  prank call them everyday and leave the audio from their video.  Morons like these folks probably are clueless to their own idiocy, and I’ll take it upon myself to show it to them…. often.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    Had a similar incident happen to me several years ago, but it was heavy traffic.  The cop behind me didn’t turn on the lights/sirens, but was motioning for me to move to the right.

  • avatar
    banjopanther

    I accidentally pulled someone over once. It was raining and I was driving a white Volvo 240 with a roof rack. Someone was going to slow for me in the right lane and I flashed the highbeams (I was 17,ok), and they pulled over. I just kept on going.

    • 0 avatar
      banjopanther

      I meant “too” slow. And that was probably because they thought I was a cop. How do people who drive old cop cars deal with this? Traffic must slow down all around them.

  • avatar
    Domestic Hearse

    So I’m in the Left lane, passing as one should. Not flying, but cruising at about 5 over to get around a mommy van. All of a sudden, the big black Panther appears on my bumper, no lights, not after me, but clear he’s in a hurry. Maybe responding to a call?

    Following Left lane etiquette, I give my car a little more juice to clear the minivan and give the officer a clear path to get to wherever he’s going unimpeded. So now I’m 10 over so that I can give way. Signal my intentions and move over.

    The blue lights blind my rearview mirrors. The cop cuts the minivan off in his haste to put his bull bar right up my tailpipe.

    I pull over, roll down the window, and am treated to, “You must be some kind of asshole, to speed up over the limit with a cop right behind you. You stupid or something? I think I should give you a ticket for being stupid!”

    Tried to explain I saw he was coming up fast, seemed to be in a hurry, and was just trying to get out of the way.

    “Nice try. License and registration.”

    So, B&B, what is a guy to do? The Civic driver is damned if he doesn’t, and I was damned because I did.

    • 0 avatar
      Japanese Buick

      This post needs to be re-read by everyone trashing on the civic driver and praising the cop in this comment thread.

      • 0 avatar
        mnm4ever

        No one ever said there arent some cops like that, but you dont know what happened before.  Sounds to me like Domestic Hearse was already targeted, and the cop zoomed up to pull him over.  When he accelerated, well he probably pissed the guy off even more.  But what do I know, I wasnt there.  Its anecdotal at best.

        Every situtation is different, and most of us are completely speculating on the video that was posted.

    • 0 avatar
      itsgotvtakyo

      Jesus, how are you people so dense? How long is the mommy van you’re passing in this sceanario? A mile? I’m not doing the math but if you’re traveling 5mph faster than the van you should be clear of it in a few seconds tops. Then, notcing the cop car behind you, you signal your intention to change lanes, then change lanes. Cop flys by and you can now pop out behind him and speed with impunity from a modest disance. Did I make a mistake in assuming the vast majority of the commenters on here have actually driven a car before? OMFG COPPER WUT DO I DUE????/// FROZEN WITH FEAR, CAN NO LONGER OPERATE VEHICLE LIKE AN ADULT

      • 0 avatar
        Domestic Hearse

        OMFG, a comment from another poster, relating a situation which I was not present to witness, yet I feel I have the authority and expertise to respond. Frozen with anger and vitriol, I can no longer spell nor construct a meaningful comment like an adult. *noticing, *flies, *do

        If a patrolman, doing at least 25 over in the Left lane where you are currently traveling (even with the rear quarter of another vehicle in the right lane) drives up on your back bumper, do you slow to the current speed, continue your leisurely pass at your current speed, or get the hell out of the way? I’m already speeding, so he can bust me for that if that’s what he’s looking to do. I can slow down to the limit and drive alongside the van, clogging the lane. I can brake and pull behind the van, slowing the cop down further. I can accelerate to complete the pass to more quickly let the cop on his way.

        Pick one. You’ve got less than two seconds to decide.

  • avatar
    DasFast

    My solution-in-the-works for left lane asses involves an electric compressor, modest sized air tank, and a train horn.

    • 0 avatar
      nrd515

      My train horn didn’t last very long, but it was probably the most fun I ever have had behind the wheel! I had a couple of dawdlers in front of me one morning on the way to work, and I finally hit the horn to wake them up, and the car in the left lane twitched like someone shocked the driver, and the one in the right lane went up on the curb and finally pulled into a gas station. I had a few weeks of fun with it before the compressor went bad, and I hooked the old horn back up, and yanked the horn and tank out soon after. I really missed it.

  • avatar

    Yes, the driver of the Civic should have moved out of the left lane, but the LEO shouldn’t have tailgated him, especially not that closely, and should never have recklessly changed lanes like that, especially not without signalling.  If you or I had pulled that crap, we’d have given up several hundred bucks and a few points.

  • avatar
    Steve65

    What strikes me from all the commentary (both pro and con, general and specific to this video) is the universal presumption that the other vehicle being passed is passive and uninvolved.
     
    Where I live, most of the freeways are 3-5 lanes. I stay out of the right lane because people here believe that merging is done in bumper to bumper packs at 45-50 mph into 65+ mph traffic. I stay out of the left lane because I’m usually driving at or slightly below the posted limit. So. I’m driving along at 62, and I’m closing on the car in front of me. When I get close I move left to pass, while maintaining my speed. And about the time I’m pulling alongside the car I’m passing, I find that the closing rate has fallen to 0. The slower car has speeded up to match me. This is not a theoretical or outlier event. This happens to me -constantly-. Now what? If I disengage the CC and fall in behind them and reset my speed, they usually slow down again and I’m right back where I started. If I speed up  and pull in front, and then reset my speed, they’ll often pass the truck that is now “blocking” them, pull in front… and then slow down again. And it’s not uncommon for me to end up with a tailgater in the left lane while the person blockiing me to the right wanders around in a daze.
     
    My other favorite trick is the ones who pull up about even with my back bumper in the lane to my right, and then sit there. They generally seemed mystified when I cut them off when I get close to my offramp and need to move over.

  • avatar
    njdave

    I also blame New Jersey’s DMV.  I taught both of my sons to drive and went with them to their driver exams.  The entire exam is done in a parking lot, on a course outlined with cones.  The examiner never grades them on their highway driving or lane discipline or even observes how a new driver behaves when there are other cars on the road.  This is a huge problem.  When I took MY drivers exam, I had to merge onto the Long Island Expressway, drive at highway speed for a few miles, and come off at a exit ramp cleanly.  Thank god this wasn’t at rush hour!

  • avatar
    Buckshot

    “It isn’t the autobahn and you’re under no obligation to move over if someone is speeding.  A police car could run the lights and sirens and then you’d be obligated to move, and that ok.  What’s not, and what is an abuse, is tailgating (which the officer did, and which normal people could be charged for), and feigning a stop (which is just, frankly, power-tripping).”

    That´s just retarded behavior.
    You don´t move over if it´s someone other than the police?
    A couple of years ago, my mother had a bad asthma attack.
    I drove her to the hospital and if you had tried to slow me down, i would have killed you, sir.
     

  • avatar
    essen

    As an Nj driver, the cop did a great job, except he should have given the left lane hog a ticket. As way of background, the reason he didn’t turn his lights on, is because a few years ago, troopers were escorting Governor Corzine to a very important meeting to mediate a pow-wow between Don Imus, who said some inappropriate comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team and said team, “caused” an accident because they “forced” a driver to pull over, which somehow caused the governors Suburban to crash and landed the governor in the hospital for a few months when they hit a divider and crashed (gov of course not wearing a seat belt in the front seat).

    That being said, if a cop has his lights on, speed up, break the speed limit if you have to, and let them pass! (or for that matter, even if they are not a cop, get the F out of the way).What is so difficult to understand? No, they will not give you a ticket, and it is not a trap. NJ LAW – KEEP RIGHT, PASS LEFT! This must be such a difficult concept to grasp, that there is now a brightly light LED sign on the Garden State Parkway, to remind the self-righteous left lane hogs of the obvious.

    If you get a ticket on the an NJ interstate for speeding, you must be doing something really agregious, such as racing on the highway, or tailgating at 90 mph. I’ve been driving in NJ for 35 years and have never gotten a speeding ticket. The defacto speed limit in NJ in the 55 mph zone is 75 or higher. In the 65, it is 80 mph. Just don’t be reckless.

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