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Man that absolutely sucks, I'm sorry.

On most freeways in CA if you're not in rush hour traffic, it's pretty much required you do 75-80 to keep with the flow of traffic.

On my daily commute at about 5am I usually get passed by cops doing 95 with me doing 80 in the fast lane. No joke - happens at least once a week.

Again man that completely sucks.


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From what my Attorney told me today, since my speeding ticket was 10-19mph over, that is a VA 4pt violation (vs a 1-9mph over 3pt violation), he wasn't positive on how that would transfer to my MD license, but suggested that once it's all said and done it's likely that it won't add points to my MD license, but will still show up on my record and for insurance purposes.

If your wife drives a regular car, i.e. 4-door family sedan, she should be fine. I usually fly in my daily driver on the Beltway, but if she ever takes you 'Stang out...avoid VA!
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I still remember my speeding tickets when I lived in North Dakota. The first time I got caught I was doing 71 in a 55. It was a $17 fine. This was about ten years ago. I probably got five or six tickets while I was there, they were so cheap I didn't care if I got caught.

I got one a couple years ago for 66 in a 55 and it was $11. I guess in other parts of the state its $2 per mph over.
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Yes, reckless driving is a court required offense and will KILL your driving record and insurance. It is the same here in Texas. I was pulled over doing 90 in a 60 in my old Mustang. Fortunately, the cop was cool and only gave me a ticket. Anything over 20 over could be recless driving. That ticket cost me $350, plus $250 for an attorney to keep it off my record. Be careful!
I just wanted to try to help you out SJ... 20 over in the State of Texas is not Reckless Driving, unless the cop determines that it is. Here is what the Texas Trans Code states...

Sec. 545.401. RECKLESS DRIVING; OFFENSE. (a) A person commits an offense if the person drives a vehicle in wilful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
(b) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by:
(1) a fine not to exceed $200;
(2) confinement in county jail for not more than 30 days; or
(3) both the fine and the confinement.
(c) Notwithstanding Section 542.001, this section applies to:
(1) a private access way or parking area provided for a client or patron by a business, other than a private residential property or the property of a garage or parking lot for which a charge is made for the storing or parking of motor vehicles; and
(2) a highway or other public place.
(d) Notwithstanding Section 542.004, this section applies to a person, a team, or motor vehicles and other equipment engaged in work on a highway surface.


Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
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So, as I see it, according to this, you could be driving 15 or 20 miles an hour, and if unsafe, you could be penalized for reckless driving.

Hope this helps you a little bit.

Sorry it's so far after the date u posted, but seems as though this thread was brought back to life!
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I found out a long time ago that cops are not in place to protect people, they are simply tax collectors for the state.
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I know there are good cops so don't get offended out there. My life was saved by a cop during robbery in high school, but the traffic cops really must have some underlying hate for society because they seem to love f-in with people.

Speeding is not good, but here in Texas, as many places, they have their favorite traps where typically the speed limit would be 45, but for a 1/4 mile stretch drops to 30.

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Well, not long after crossing into Virginia I found myself on the far right lane of a 5 lane section of highway and I needed to be in the far left lane. Instead of slowing down a few mph's to let the traffic pass like I normally do in my daily driver, I decided that today I'd take advantage of the 412 HP and 3.73's and get ahead of the traffic for a change!

Well needless to say, the Mustang easily got me ahead of the traffic very quickly and I was able to get into the lane I needed to be in but not 10 seconds later a Virgina State Police car lit me up and pulled me over.
If I understand correctly, I'd say the cop bagged you more for crossing 4 lanes of traffic than the actual speed. Since he was somewhere behind you, your sudden lane changes probably caught his eye. Never a good idea to make several lane changes all at once. I'd bet that if you made the lane changes and used your signals for each change, the cop would not have stopped you even with the excessive speed. JMHO.
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Just received a notification this afternoon of a recent post. It was during my drive home. It made me think about what 80mph in Michigan is like. Have a look.

YouTube - Staying Alive in Michigan = Reckless Driving in VA

What politicians in VA call a criminal misdemeanor we call getting lapped in MI. At 75 mph you have people laying on their horns with hand gestures to go with it.


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Just received a notification this afternoon of a recent post. It was during my drive home. It made me think about what 80mph in Michigan is like. Have a look.

What politicians in VA call a criminal misdemeanor we call getting lapped in MI. At 75 mph you have people laying on their horns with hand gestures to go with it.
Pretty much the same here on my commute. I was doing 85 in the fast lane this morning and was passed by a cop doing (at minimum) 15 mph faster than me. This happens every week at least once.

If I'm not getting blown out of the water by the cops I'm getting passed at 90 by people flashing their lights at me.

It's crazy to me that the OP is getting charged for this. This is *normal driving* most other parts of the country.

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Pretty much the same here on my commute. I was doing 85 in the fast lane this morning and was passed by a cop doing (at minimum) 15 mph faster than me. This happens every week at least once.

If I'm not getting blown out of the water by the cops I'm getting passed at 90 by people flashing their lights at me.

It's crazy to me that the OP is getting charged for this. This is *normal driving* most other parts of the country.
Well he was charged but paid $1500 for a good lawyer and had it reduced. Worked out as good it could aside from spending a boatload to protect himself against something he shouldn't have had to fight in the first place.


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From what my Attorney told me today, since my speeding ticket was 10-19mph over, that is a VA 4pt violation (vs a 1-9mph over 3pt violation), he wasn't positive on how that would transfer to my MD license, but suggested that once it's all said and done it's likely that it won't add points to my MD license, but will still show up on my record and for insurance purposes.
Bleh! Last summer I was pulled over for 63 in a 40. The officer told me that since it was 20 over he could give me reckless driving but he was going to do me a favor and write it for careless, which in the great Garfield County of Oklahoma is $300 cheaper, but still a $244 kick in the wallet. But what I got EXTREMELY lucky with (Being 18 and the insurance company loving me driving a mustang) when I went to court for a deferral I was told I could take a Driver's Course and have the ticket removed from my record. $294 later I payed a careless driving ticket and a driver's course fee but the insurance company never picked up my ticket!

The whole point of that was to ask: I'm sure it varies per state, but can you not take a drivers course to have the ticket removed from your record?

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Advice: Pay an atty to get it knocked down to general speeding and pay the fine. In VA anything 20mph over the speed limit is Reckless driving or any speed over 80mph by statute. Take a DMV recognized driver improvement class (8hrs) to offset the points on your license. In va the Troopers will give ya 10-15 over but dont ever push that! Good luck

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Same here. Just got an 84 in a 65. I was cruising in the middle lane.. All I did was downshift into fifth, got in the left lane.. and passed a group of cars (they were going 60). Bad timing.. cause a trooper was running a laser on a bridge. I immediately slowed to speed and got back in the middle lane.. only to look back and see police lights.

Could have been worse though.. the first time I did that in this car.. I looked down and was going a lot faster

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I got one a couple years ago for 66 in a 55 and it was $11. I guess in other parts of the state its $2 per mph over.
That just makes me crazy! If North Dakota had beaches, I would be there!!!
States with budget deficits seem to be mad dog crazy about charging an arm and a leg for traffic violations!

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I got an 83 in a 55 on the toll road a few years ago. This was about the time they were getting rid of those crazy fines for reckless driving. I ended up going to court without a lawyer. They knocked to improper driving or something similar, 4 points, a nice fine, and lost my license for 90 days.

The ticket was given to me on my birthday too.

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