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Do you obey the speed limit?


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Do you obey the speed limit all the time or just when the black and white cars are nearby?
 

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Yep, always obey the speed limit. I see no reason why I wouldn't, seeing as you only get somewhere a few minutes faster and waste more gas. I'm a coaster.

There are times though, at the dead of night when no one is around, I will let the throttle all the way open. Like, up to about 130ish miles an hour. :)
 

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Hah! roflmao2.gif I usually drive 250 miles in a work day. My biggest concern if the Highway Patrol has laser radar now. Used to be the only got you by pacing you. But there are always other drivers flying along blindly to get their attention. A Guy
 

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I do. I have never been one to really drive fast, and with the rising cost of gas, you get better mpg by driving slower. And I never have to panic when I see an officer sitting on the side of the road.
 

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What's a speed limit? LOL

NO, even when black and whites are around. Now if there is a black and white I won't go 10 over obnoxiously. And it depends on which agency it is. If it's Highway Patrol I don't push my luck. But if it's Sheriff or PD on the highway I don't bat an eye. Once in their jurisdiction though I'll keep it at 5-7 over. No obnoxious reckless speeding. I wish Ca would follow Tx and Utah and raise the speed limits on the highways. It's been studied that having everyone at the higher speeds makes it safer then having only a handful going fast with slower traffic causing the problem. I commute 120 miles a day round trip 5 days a week. No one follows the speed limit. And with the way the country is right now the moods of people is short tempered and I see it on the roads.
 

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What's a speed limit? LOL

NO, even when black and whites are around. Now if there is a black and white I won't go 10 over obnoxiously. And it depends on which agency it is. If it's Highway Patrol I don't push my luck. But if it's Sheriff or PD on the highway I don't bat an eye. Once in their jurisdiction though I'll keep it at 5-7 over. No obnoxious reckless speeding. I wish Ca would follow Tx and Utah and raise the speed limits on the highways. It's been studied that having everyone at the higher speeds makes it safer then having only a handful going fast with slower traffic causing the problem. I commute 120 miles a day round trip 5 days a week. No one follows the speed limit. And with the way the country is right now the moods of people is short tempered and I see it on the roads.
How about the Microsoft EULA? I expect Microsoft is not patrolling your street :)
 

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I wish Ca would follow Tx and Utah and raise the speed limits on the highways. It's been studied that having everyone at the higher speeds makes it safer then having only a handful going fast with slower traffic causing the problem. I commute 120 miles a day round trip 5 days a week. No one follows the speed limit. And with the way the country is right now the moods of people is short tempered and I see it on the roads.
What are the speed limits in CA currently? We are 70 in Michigan on the freeways...and I couldn't forsee myself going much faster than 75-80 as my RPM's would start getting too high and my gas mileage suffering significantly at these higher speeds.

I love it when the price of gas comes up and people will complain about the price and how much they spend. They debate the benefits of proper tire inflation, or keeping their windows open/closed....but yet they neglect to slow down, drive at the speed limit and limit acceleration. These 2 items will give you more bang for the buck than using Gas Buddy and driving across town to save 4c per gallon on fuel.
 

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I wish Ca would follow Tx and Utah and raise the speed limits on the highways. It's been studied that having everyone at the higher speeds makes it safer then having only a handful going fast with slower traffic causing the problem. I commute 120 miles a day round trip 5 days a week. No one follows the speed limit. And with the way the country is right now the moods of people is short tempered and I see it on the roads.
What are the speed limits in CA currently? We are 70 in Michigan on the freeways...and I couldn't forsee myself going much faster than 75-80 as my RPM's would start getting too high and my gas mileage suffering significantly at these higher speeds.

I love it when the price of gas comes up and people will complain about the price and how much they spend. They debate the benefits of proper tire inflation, or keeping their windows open/closed....but yet they neglect to slow down, drive at the speed limit and limit acceleration. These 2 items will give you more bang for the buck than using Gas Buddy and driving across town to save 4c per gallon on fuel.
Typical Speed limit is 65. Some areas are 70, mostly major freeways. But most people from my observation do 75-80.
 

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Let's see.....I've been driving with license for 45 years. Learned at age 13 on the farm. 57 Ford 1 ton with 3 on the tree. Automatics were a luxury. At 16 with license speed limit in Illinois was 65 on open highways. Get from point A to B in a flash! Now?!! Ugh!! We've gone backwards in metro areas IMO. We were 45 minutes from Chicago loop. Now 1-1/2 hours at best.

Seattle/Tacoma metro the worse I've experienced yet. Worse than Chicago and in Chicago it's only 3 sides to get to as in Seattle.

Rant over......

I had to learn to slow down! Had my fair share of tickets. I do 5 over. Most people do. Our town most usually allows 10 over. Do 11 and one gets a rotating cherry. Rule of thumb is to go with the flow whether going over speed limit or not.

Cokie! 130?!! All I have can say is BE CAREFUL! We need you around here! I did experience 140 in my buddy's Firebird once. Telephone poles going by faster than one could count! 80 mph in a dual hull boat with twin Merc outboards. Scarry to say the least! The boat wavering back and forth ready to fly and flip at any given moment if air gets underneath. Both experiences an adrenaline rush though! :) Those two experiences are enough for me. More cautious in my "older" age!
 

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There has been quite a controversy here ... it seems a little village called Elmwood Place installed some automated speed cameras on a couple streets, usually conveniently in a 25-mph zone right inside the corporation limits and adjacent to a 35-mph zone. No cop cars, no warning other than a sign on the device (by the time you see the sign it's too late).

*Click* you just got your picture taken. *Ding* you were speeding. A week or two later here comes a little notice in the mail: the car you own was clocked going too fast. That's $105, please. It's a civil penalty, not a moving violation, so you don't get dinged on yor driving record. If you don't pay up (or request a hearing) by the deadline the cost goes up and you could be sent to a collection agency. So far they've sent out a few thousand of those notices. So many people have requested a hearing that the village had to hire a magistrate.

They're making (or trying to make) a fast buck off of unsuspecting drivers, and so is the company that makes the devices (they get a portion of the "profit" from each citation). The manufacturer is apparently marketing their devices to other places as well.

The notice comes with a photo of the vehicle and license plate, and is addressed to the vehicle owner.

People are starting to avoid driving in the village, and that in turn is hurting small businesses there. I think we're seeing the Law of Unintended Consequences here!
 

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They're making (or trying to make) a fast buck off of unsuspecting drivers, and so is the company that makes the devices (they get a portion of the "profit" from each citation). The manufacturer is apparently marketing their devices to other places as well.
I know you weren't actually making this argument, but......
I always love the argument that cops need to be in plain site and visible, otherwise they are somehow cheating the system. You were either speeding or you weren't.
 

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They're making (or trying to make) a fast buck off of unsuspecting drivers, and so is the company that makes the devices (they get a portion of the "profit" from each citation). The manufacturer is apparently marketing their devices to other places as well.
I know you weren't actually making this argument, but......
I always love the argument that cops need to be in plain site and visible, otherwise they are somehow cheating the system. You were either speeding or you weren't.
I agree with your post 100%. Either one was speeding or one wasn't and, of course, shouldn't. But, does new technology give governments the right to capitalize on the wrongdoing of some and ruin it for others as Terry pointed out? If they need more money why not just raise the local taxes?

Keep in mind that I agree with "Big Brother" to some extent with cameras at ATMs, banks, gas stations, schools, stores, etc., but everywhere as it's becoming blatantly prevalent?

Little villages are popping up around our outer burb. I was on a road we grew up on last night on our way to a restaurant. Once upon a time the speed limit was 65. Then changed to 55. Then 45. Now going through a little village on 5 miles of the road it's 25. ??? I can see lowering the speed because of higher population, but 25?!! Clearly a money making speed trap plus they don't want traffic traveling through their village. That IMO is not considering the needs of the general area. It's plain selfishness.
 

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I don't want to see small villages suffer, but like I maintain, if you are speeding, you are speeding. Pay up or slow down. There are no areas that I honestly "avoid" because i have to drive slow through the area and I don't want to slow down.

Perhaps someday, we will have these self driving cars that will simply out of programming have to obey the speed limit and we won't have to speed, nor will we have to have speed traps. Of course, when that happens, people will hold onto their old cars just like some hold onto XP, Vista or 7.
 

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We have so far gotten three lovely little "gotcha" notices from the little village. I wasn't driving the vehicle any of the times, and the person who was driving it has owned up to the responsibility.

Here's my take though: if I get stopped for speeding, or some other violation, by a police officer, then fine, I learn my lesson and I slow down. I'm not likely to go zipping through the same place a couple days later doing the same thing. These notices, though, came weeks after the violation, and by then "driver" has been made aware of multiple violations.

The motivation has more to do with money for the village than safety, and that's my problem with it. They freely admit that the revenue from these citations will make up 40% of their budget next year.
 

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The motivation has more to do with money for the village than safety, and that's my problem with it. They freely admit that the revenue from these citations will make up 40% of their budget next year.
Of course, it's about money. Many of these police departments are struggling massively with restricted and depleted budgets. But the facts do remain that you were speeding, or your car was. It's not like they are sending you tickets when you are doing 25 because you were in their "opinion" "driving carelessly".

My dad has used a radar detector for years. I don't see any point in spending money on detectors and such, as it seems to be better to me to obey the posted speed limits instead.

It is aggravating when the speed limit changes repeatedly in a specific area and they catch you there. At least with stuff like GPS's and such they can alert you to the fact that you are now driving over the posted limit and hopefully give you enough advance notice to avoid the sneaky camera.
 

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I love it when the price of gas comes up and people will complain about the price and how much they spend. They debate the benefits of proper tire inflation, or keeping their windows open/closed....but yet they neglect to slow down, drive at the speed limit and limit acceleration. These 2 items will give you more bang for the buck than using Gas Buddy and driving across town to save 4c per gallon on fuel.
:ditto: OH MY GOD YES!! It gets irritating in traffic where I'm coasting 600 feet from a stop light that JUST turned to red, and some jackal is passing me, just so they can STOP FASTER!! Really right now?! By the time I reach the light, it's turned green and I still have momentum going and save gas and RPMs.

A better solution overall is to stop using stop lights are certain large, major intersections and use round-a-bouts. Not only do they look cool, they're WAY more efficient overall as traffic keeps flowing and not stopped and waiting.

I may pursue a career as a city planner....
 

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Thinking about this, the time before going 130, there was a time I dragged raced a sad sac with a fart box on his tricked out Honda Civic that had more aftermarket upgrades than the car itself was worth. Fart boxes (loud superfluous mufflers) annoy me. So at the stop light, the light turned green and he kind of rabbited off with that OBNOXIOUS noise. Instinctual response? Floor the pedal. :) I got about 70 on a 35 MPH road (everyone goes 45 on it though as the road was originally 45 before the reconstruction a few years ago) and won. Now, my car isn't a racing car, doesn't have a turbo, nothing. It's a 4 banger engine from 1990 and is a five door hatchback. It well outpaced this dinky 2003 Honda Civic with upgrades that cost more than my car is worth! AHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!! :D

Not only that, I had a lady friend with me too. Love that car.:)

Also speaking about gas mileage, I'm known among my friends as a "bad" driver. I refute this as I follow driving regulations to the T as much as humanly possible, always drive the limit. BUT, there are adjustments I make to the regulations for the sake of good fuel mileage. One trick I use is coasting which just pisses people off and make them pass me so they can stop faster at a red light. The other is more dangerous and probably is how I get the reputation of being a "bad" driver. Basically, if I have to turn left onto an intersecting off ramp or there is an intersection that isn't hugely used and has a good turn radius, I take advantage of those. Meaning, I make turns onto said intersecting roads at about 40 or miles an hour. I don't fishtail that often as I plan the turn to be a nice sweeping arc as to keep my momentum going, so when I'm on the road and accelerate I'm about 30-35 MPH and closer to third gear (most efficient gear) and on. There have been a few times were I took those turns at about 50-55ish. You can tell I did a lot of those turns going left as my front passenger side tire is balding on the outer edge.

There is also another thing I just remembered while we're talking about speeds and MPH, a LOT of speedometers lie. They don't accurately show your speed. I think this is more common on Japanese or fuel economical cars, but they're off about 3 to 5 MPH so you think you're driving 60, but going maybe 56. If you get passed often on the highway, your speedometer is a liar. The more accurate way to know what speed you're going is using a GPS' speed gauge. This is done to overly emphasize fuel economy and kind of is a plus because you don't get pulled over for going over the limit.
 

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HippsieGypsie

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LOL, Cokie! We all knew your speedometer has been off for quite some time! :p But then, as you say, so is everyone's!

I know the type. I call them the Gearhead 4banger club. My son and a few nephews. Mufflers as loud as can be and mega-amp stereos. I can't tell which is louder! My God, these kids will be deaf before they're 35! On the other hand, the Led Zeppelin and other band concerts I attended didn't exactly help my hearing either. :D

My son is more the "Top Gun" type. Just got out of the Navy, now going to school via the GI Bill. Proud of him, but what a speed demon! Crotch rocket plus now a Beemer sedan instead of a Honda. I try not to tell my kids what to do, for we all dislike that. I simply tell him that I had to learn how to slow down. He looks at me and smiles.
 

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Coke Robot

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LOL, Cokie! We all knew your speedometer has been off for quite some time! :p But then, as you say, so is everyone's!

I know the type. I call them the Gearhead 4banger club. My son and a few nephews. Mufflers as loud as can be and mega-amp stereos. I can't tell which is louder! My God, these kids will be deaf before they're 35! On the other hand, the Led Zeppelin and other band concerts I attended didn't exactly help my hearing either. :D

My son is more the "Top Gun" type. Just got out of the Navy, now going to school via the GI Bill. Proud of him, but what a speed demon! Crotch rocket plus now a Beemer sedan instead of a Honda. I try not to tell my kids what to do, for we all dislike that. I simply tell him that I had to learn how to slow down. He looks at me and smiles.
:D

Ohhh!! A BMW! My heart is set on a 2000 BMW 525i with a five speed manual transmission and 4WD with a black interior and exterior. Beautiful looking car! I'd love to work on one of those.
 

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    PC/Desktop
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    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
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    Microsoft Touch Mouse
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014

A Guy

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#20
I Acknowledge the speed limit :D

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