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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-12-2018 Thread Starter
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not a kill but an observation.

I've commented before on paying attention and knowing your car and the road will give you more wins than speed alone. the same can be said for avoiding tickets, PAY ATTENTION TO OTHER CARS!!!!
Going down the slab early a.m. is a ritual with me. I look at everything especially cars. I refuse to use my phone when driving either the car or the bike. So today I'm tooling along at about 10 over the limit, there's a few cars with me not really a pack as we are kind stung out but all with in site of each other. Ahead of me say 1/4 mile or so there is a set of motorcycle taillights and the distinctive rear look of a late model Stang. I don't see brake lights but suddenly there getting closer quicker, so i dump the throttle and the bike slows to 55 MPH, as i'm now 100 ft or so from the other two. Several members of the pack whip out to the left lane and blow by us, right into the waiting arms of the morning speed patrol, as we wheel by, i count 7, thats right SEVEN cars pulled over waiting their turn with the man with the ticket book at 5:25 a.m. What a way to start the work week. $100+ ticket points maybe traffic school depending on your history. I know on my last ticket is was over $250 for the fine and the school to avoid the points and getting reported to the state and my insurance company ( i think i had 7 days to complete both school and pay the magistrate)

Ordinarily i'd blow by a slower car on that section of road, i've rides side by side at well over 85 MPH with others cars and bikes on the very stretch of road more than a lot of times!! Something just made me think hey if that fast mover and the Stang, shed some speed maybe i should to. I'd be willing to bet that several of the people waiting for their tickets were snuggly congratulating themselves on passing the rest of us.

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Yup, agree. I speed, a lot. I have a problem, I know. Fast cars, fast motorcycles, I'm just dumb like that. In my 20's, I was same way, just dumber about it, and got a lot of tickets. A LOT. Now I am WELL into my 40's, I'm not any slower than I was in my 20's, I'm just a lot smarter about it. I haven't received a ticket in years.... Sure hope I didn't just jinx myself. Anyways, the reason I think now is I'm a lot more aware of my surroundings. I have hundreds of thousands of miles of experience now haha.

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Ha ha. Isn't it great to actually get smarter as we get older? (If only it worked that way with everything we do....)

I know as a young fellow I got lots of tickets. Fought about a half dozen in court every year and never was suspended. But, still wasted plenty of time and money. Didn't mind getting into the odd accident, either. Not technically 'my fault', but definitely avoidable.

About 15 years ago, had two photo radar tickets delivered in the mail THE SAME DAY. I was so mad at myself that it finally became worth it to never have it happen again. No tickets or anything else since.

Funny thing is that, like you chaps, I drive as fast as ever. With a car quite a bit faster than back in the day, too. It's true. You don't really need to slow down to avoid tickets and crashes. You just have to do it smarter. (I have a brother who gets photo tickets that cost in the thousands each year. He just thinks of it as part the cost of his 'Porsche hobby'.)

Not that I'm recommending law breaking or anything. Don't speed if you don't have to. But don't be late for a tee time either!

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Originally Posted by Old Goat Ninja View Post
I'm not any slower than I was in my 20's, I'm just a lot smarter about it.

I'm another one that wised up as I aged. Thankfully I grew up in a racing family and relieved "most" of my need for speed at the various drag strips up and down the east coast.

Now that I'm 48, I pay strict attention to where I blow the dust off the car and still on occasion hit the track when the desire for really letting loose hits me.


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