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speeding etiquette

Oh, and last night driving down from Minneapolis, I took a moment following a slow car in the left lane (only going 70 or so in the 65 zone) and waited maybe thirty seconds for him to pull over to the right... No tailgating or anything there... I then pulled over to the right, leaving plenty of room in front of the car a ways back in the right lane, and sped up to my cruising speed of 80 to pass. The car behind me followed me a few seconds later, and flashing lights came on behind him. Oh, yes, my heart skipped a beat at that point, and settled down pretty quickly when I saw both cars start to slow down as I pulled away. I slowed back down to 70.

I'd like to believe this is because I was courteous in the way I passed on the right only after giving the guy a chance, and the cop was waiting for a jerk. But I think it may just have been because the guy behind me got between the cop and me, and got unlucky.

I'm not even sure I saw what happened behind me right; the cop may have been following that other car for longer than that, or something like that. Who knows?

I've got delusions of good karma, I guess. :) Anyone know any state troopers? It'd be interesting to know more about how they pick which speeder to pull over... (And that's just curiosity speaking, though I'd probably end up using it for evil... though if courteousness gets you some slack, I think that would be a fine policy on their part, and conducive to my current driving patterns) (if you really believe passing on the right after giving the guy a long chance to move over is courteous).

Yep. Delusional. But it's a mass delusion, of which I am but one subject.


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Nov. 12th, 2003 09:26 pm (UTC)
The only state cop I know (who I might see at Thanksgiving) is the sort of guy who'd be very reluctant to tell me (or anyone else) anything that would make the odds of evading speed traps improve.
Nov. 13th, 2003 06:30 am (UTC)
It'd be interesting to know more about how they pick which speeder to pull over...

I've also wanted to know this; not because it would help me avoid speeding tickets (although that would be nice), but because I'm curious because the people they pick to pull over often seems arbitrary.
Nov. 13th, 2003 06:55 am (UTC)
speeding and not speeding
The most recent time I was pulled over by a cop, it was in New Jersey, for "only going five miles an hour over the speed limit" in the left lane. That is, it was clear that I was being ticketed for going too slowly rather than too fast. Maybe that's what he was going after your guy for too.
Nov. 13th, 2003 07:23 am (UTC)
Re: speeding and not speeding
That kind of thing seems more appriorate on the cynical eastern seaboard than here in the midwest, somehow... He should have let you off with a warning, though pulling you over isn't *that* bad. Driving slow in the left lane does disrupt traffic patterns. The safest thing to do on the road is to keep with traffic, maintaining status quo.

The problem we face now is a status quo that is inching upwards year after year.
Nov. 13th, 2003 07:29 am (UTC)
speeding and not speeding
Ah, I wasn't actually disrupting traffic patterns. It was about midnight, the traffic was minimal, essentially "one person in any given lane", and we were all going about 70.
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Nov. 13th, 2003 07:34 am (UTC)
In my tenure as a driver, I've gotten three warnings for speeding, and two warnings for illegal u-turn on Mass Ave., in Massachusetts. One warning for speeding in MN, and one ticket for speeding in NH.

I still don't know what it is that makes them give me warnings. In MN I did tell him I was new to town, that may have had some bearing on it.

Great article though!
Nov. 13th, 2003 11:23 am (UTC)
I know one, I'll ask next time if I remember.

Whether or not you get a ticket probably has a lot to do with your presentation, and the particulars of the situation.

Whether or not you get pulled over is often influenced by your vehicle, and particularly various stickers or accoutrements affiliating you with charities, schools, and orgnizations. That's why Brian leaves the hat from his dress uniform from school on the rear window shelf.
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