Sportbike World banner

1 - 20 of 24 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I got my firt ticket the other day. I got hit with the laser at 90 in a 65. Yes, i have to go to court. This will cost me big. Werid thing was I only have my temps. I'm not allowed on the highway. I was sitting in the guardrail waiting for tow truck to come when the cop comes up to me. He asked me why I had a 3-wheeled motorcycle endorsement. ?????
At first I thought he was messing with me then he asked again. Realizing that this would be the only way out i did what any one of uus sportbike riders do. I told him what he wanted to hear. He thought it was really cool that i use to have a goldwing trike!!!

i looked at my license when i got home and didn't see anything that even suggested i had this endorsement. ??? always.. i'll let you guys know the damage when i get the bill.

$$$ as for any ohio riders in n/east section. watch out on rt 77 northbound of 18 in the montrose area. this place is smooth and has three lanes. this was the first time i've seen cops there. i got pulled over around 1100 am


------------------
Necrophilia: that uncontrollable urge to crack open a cold one
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
70 Posts
That sucks dude. I am sorry to hear about the ticket. Anywayz how bad are the cops in Ohio? I will be going there the on the 10 of next month and would like to know what I am in store for. Glad I got a radar detector.

------------------
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
It all depends on where you are at. Most places I can slide by in a car 10mph above the limit, but like in southeast Ohio, STICK TO THE LIMIT! They are pricks! I'd say you are cool on the western part of the state, I can't speak for the Cleveland area. No unmarked cars as far as I know.

------------------
Rub those pegs raw!

[This message has been edited by CBR_Damon (edited July 27, 2000).]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
The highway patrol will stick to the main interstate routes and the turnpike also. They are really bad on the turnpike, but unlike other states they only use marked police cars. They will leave the headlights on when parked also. If traveling on the OTP or routes 70,71,76 and/or 77 just watch the flow of traffic. Usually in bigger cities the cops aren't to bad, but in the "burbs they will and do use unmarked cars and bikes. Akron and Toledo aren't bad about this but i now around the Cleveland area you really have to watch out. What part of Ohio are you going to be in?

------------------
Necrophilia: that uncontrollable urge to crack open a cold one
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,322 Posts
Actually, there are some mistakes in what's being said here. The Ohio State Highway Patrol just purchased some unmarked vehicles. If you will be in the NE part of the state: Look out!!! I drive the Turnpike every day to and from work; 1hr 15min. each way. The Patrolmen don't always leave their lights on...sometimes only the parking lights. Also, they are keen oon picking up people going the opposite way of their direction of travel. This really sucks, because they will turn around and even if it takes 'em five minutes, they'll get ya'. Trust me on this one. Cops in NE Ohio are friggin' ASSHOLES!!! (the majority that I've met anyway). Be careful, don't fool around. They will find any way possible to nail ya'.

------------------
~Nick
2000 CBR600F4 -
Lost to the Blacktop God. 4,699 miles in under 3 mos. $8,300 worth of damage to my one and only baby. On the brighter side: Can you say 929rr???
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
987 Posts
They leave their lights on when parked on the side of the road? That sure is sporting - Here in AL they'll hide in the brush 40 ft off the road and watch through the leaves. If they still had billboards along the side of the road, they would hide behind them!! The good thing is that there aren't very many of them...........yet

------------------
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
This is one topic I do know about. Police and State Troopers do not leave their lights on when running radar. There are a few times when you will see one with their parking lights on but that is the exception and not the norm.

In the state of Ohio their are two highways that are the worst for police and teoopers. I-75 and I-71. You are more likely to get off when pulled over by a city cop. State Troopers will give you some sort of citation 95% of the time. Keep the rubber side down. Also, if a cop passes you going the other way on the highway and you are speeding you may want to use that opportunity to get off the next exit and get gas or proceed to crack the throttle and get out of the area. They are notorious for turning around and coming after you even if they did not clock you.

------------------
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
brutha

that is something i didn't know about. I work as a dispatcher in a truck company. My office is at the toll booths in richfield. Around in this area they will normally leave their lights on. What kind of unmarked cars are they using? I heard the post at 71 ( MT Gilead) was using camaro/mustangs but they were going to be marked. I've seen the Jeep Cherokees but they were marked also. I know over in your area alot of my drivers get pulled over. i think it is between exit 14 and 15 is the bad area.

aside from that how are you healing??? Did the insurance settle with you?

------------------
Necrophilia: that uncontrollable urge to crack open a cold one
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
367 Posts
Welcome to the ticket club :) :D

Officer, Can I do monthly installments?



------------------
Todd Hoffmaster
'00 Katana 600
38 speeding tickets and still counting
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
UPDATE

I recieved a call from the court. It appears that the cop put a bad court date on my ticket. I tried to get it changed to a parking ticket (this works, I've done this before. If you are cool sometimes they will change it. I've been 2-1 on this). They were going to fight me on this since they had me on laser. They did reduce the fine and waive the court apperance. Still was $120. I guess my insurance company will love me for next three years.

------------------
Necrophilia: that uncontrollable urge to crack open a cold one
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
129 Posts
i learned that radar and laser cant read your speed if you are going so fast..i have yet to figure out that speed through trial and error, i do know for a fact it is over 157. so if anyone can help me i would appreciate it

------------------
They have the internet on computers now???
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
83 Posts
Its not that the radar cant read you that fast. The problem is that most radar aren't calibrated for speeds above like 160 MPH or something like that. There is a guy in town who got a ticket for 212 MPH and fought it in court and WON!!!! The gun wasn't certified to be correct at that speed therefore it could have been an incorrect reading and was thrown out! One for the good guys!

------------------
95% of Harley Davidsons are still on the road today,
5% actually made it home!

Bryon Hart
Ocala, Fl
95 ZX-7
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
367 Posts
Have you ever seen those new speed radar signs? They show you how fast are going, pretty cool idea. The ones, here in Texas, are the X band type with a low power wattage. They are hard to pick up on radar from a long distance, but the best part of the whole deal is this - Every time that I blow past them the speed indicated is much less than I am actually going. I know that there is speedometer errors but I was doing 105 mph and it showed 72 mph. 2 things come to mind, 1st is that being on a bike it is hard to get a correct reading - being a small contact area, 2nd is maybe the real radar guns that cops are using do not actually get the proper speed that we are doing either. I need to blast past one and check it out for myself. Can I get some funds for this experiment for my fellow readers? I will do this for you all in the name of Science :)

------------------
Todd Hoffmaster
'00 Katana 600
38 speeding tickets and still counting
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
79 Posts
I'm not too sure about laser- but standard radar guns won't even "see" anything over 200 mph.

I recall reading an article in some car mag once about the ins and outs of radar. It was shown that standard radar becomes less and less effective as the angle of the vehicle in respect to the radar gun changes. Imagine a cop on the side of the road- maybe 1000 feet ahead- if he's pointed the gun straight at your hood while you're travelling towards him and you are ALONE on that part of the road, chances are the reading will be pretty accurate. Same goes for the rear of the vehicle. Now let's say you're travelling with a bunch of other cars, and you are farther away- the "slice" of the area being seen by the radar is much wider and several cars may be caught in that "slice". Now, it's up to the cop to determine who was going the fastest. In the article, and in the court where this was debated- this cross section that the radar sees was dubbed the "bologna slice".

I think the whole case came into being because some egghead who actually made his living working with radar got pulled over for speeding. He got so pissed that he took the city to court to prove that the police department really didn't know all that much about the technology they were using to ticket people with.

Another interesting factoid- how many people buy those radar detectors the you mount inside your car behind the windsheild? A lot probably- turns out that they are only about 50% as effective compared to the ones you mount behind your grill and have seperate displays. Seems automotive glass is terrible for trying to get clean readings through. At least that's what I read....

'cane

------------------
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Not that I am any kind of HUGE expert or anything, but I think what 'cane is talking about is called the "angle of convergence". It's more like a slice of pie than a slice of bologna.

As 'cane pointed out, IF the "Target Vehicle" is coming straight at (or away from) the source of the signal, the chances are pretty good that it will provide an accurate reading. If the above mentioned "Target Vehicle" is at an angle beyon 15 degrees, the chances are pretty good the signal will be in error, or at the very least will not be accurate. The "Angle of Convergence" on most commercial model police radar guns is about 15 degrees. Beyond that the reading should be useless. It's a mechanical limitation of the equipment. The converging sides of the radar "horn" (antenna) of the radar gun is about that angle.

:confused:To see how this works, find a good steady source of police radar (how about your "speed sign" thingie) and listen to your radar detector go off as you approach it from various angles. Unless there are lots of metal things that the signal is bouncing off of, you will have to get closer and closer to the source at wider and wider angles, up to 90 degrees.

:rolleyes:One thing that amazes me are the number of people who have radar detectors pointed at the sky, the curb, themselves, not taking into account the optimum angle of the typical radar source. DUH!!

As far as the detector being being behind the windshield, in theory, there should be no difference. Glass is "transparent" to radar signals. Now, having said that, there are so many additives in auto glass (some manufacturers us various metals to tint the glass, and don't forget in-glass antennas) that there is a good chance that any of the could attenuate the incoming signal. But, you're right, obviously the best place for a detector is out in front, away from any metal that could "confuse" the incoming signal.

So, get out there and practice! Aim that radar dector! Get some tickets and report back! ;)

------------------
"After all, we ARE professionals, here."
 

·
Old Guy
Joined
·
87 Posts
Radar detectors used behind those instant defroster windsheilds on some cars (Ford, I think) are useless. I keep mine in the tank bag. Radar goes right through fabric.
You actually can debate how radar works, but in some places, "how" they work is not based upon science, but politics. You have to provide some pretty expensive expert witnesses to refute radar's accuracy. How you win is to show that proper procedures were not followed by the cop, that inadequate records and maintenance were done to the unit, or mistaken identity. The best thing to do is not get stopped. The next best thing is to try to talk your way out. After that, plea bargain...if you get an offer to change it to a bad muffler, take it and skip out.
Some places say the nearest vehicle made the reading (totally bogus) and some say the fastest object made the reading (also bogus). As long as the cops testimony follows what the accepted criteria of a clocking is in that jurisdiction, you won't be able to refute it.

------------------
-Yeeee-haaaaa!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
66 Posts
Too bad on the ticket. Sorry to hear anyone gets 'em.
Through the years I have received a lot of tickets and have tried to use some sort of defense to help in not getting them. Like in the 70's when CB Radios were in big use. That was a good tool for awhile but became less effective as Police themselves became the "Front Door" and would encourage Drivers to "bring it on up good buddy!". Then of course the Radar Detector was introduced, dubbed "bird dog" by the law and "fuzzbusters" by the public. But something was wrong with that too, since at the time, the same company that made the Radar Units made the Radar Detectors. They would make a unit to detect speeders, then a unit to detect radar, then a radar unit the detectors wouldn't detect and then a detector that would detect the unit that the previous dectector wouldn't detect and then . . . . well you get the idea. They got rich off of it and still do.
Now, I have tried to come to terms with the prevention of getting tickets and have came up with a few suggestions. First, I got rid of my radar detector, why?, because most Police will give the ticket to the guy who has them way before the guy that doesn't. I have had Police tell me when I used detectors and still got tickets, that if I didn't have the detector they would not have stopped me.
Second, I try to follow some simple things to do and not to do while I'm riding, don't speed over hills, they like to sit right on the other side of the hill, don't speed around blind turns, (very hard not to do on a Bike), they also like to sit there. Do watch other Traffic, on the Interstate especially Truckers, if they are out in the passing lanes, most likely Cops aren't around. If they are all in a line in the right hand lane you can bet the Law is near. Do look for for tire tracks in the median grass. If they are there, the Law has been working that area. Watch traffic ahead and if you see brakes lights for no apparent reason, most likely it's because of a Cop. Of course like mentioned, beware of them hiding behind embankments, trees etc. Some people with cell phones and CB's will even report you to the Law for speeding thinking they are doing some good deed or something.
Another thing to watch for is if you do see one Officer, you can bet another is near. They do work in groups for added backup protection.
If you do speed, find some deserted roads without a lot of obstacles along the sides and where no houses are. There are tons of places like that in Florida, but there are still the "road kill varmits" to watch out for.
All in all, speeding is tough to do now-a-days and it is hard not to get caught. Using detectors and following some of the suggestions can help, but nothing is foolproof. You don't even have to be doing anything wrong for some Law Official to stop you and ticket you for something you didn't even do, after all, it's your word against his!
Oh yea, did I mention the "Bear in the air"?

------------------
Marty
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
I have paid the State of Michigan over 3000 dollars the past 3 years in tickets. DAMN YOU RIGHT HAND! DAMN YOU RIGHT FOOT!

[This message has been edited by GSX-Racing (edited August 11, 2000).]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
367 Posts
I now have my "bogey" detector mounted above the tach and will be trying it out tomorrow. Today I drove in the cage, with it and I love it. The "direction of attack" arrows and bogey counter are too cool. Yes, I know that I can still get caught speeding, but atleast I will no longer get busted erroneously. :mad:
If anyone would like to see a few pictures of the installation just send me an e-mail and I'll send 'em to you.

"I thought you had to be in relatively good physical condition to be a police officer"

------------------
Todd Hoffmaster
'00 Katana 600
39 speeding tickets and now I have a V1.
 

·
Squid
Joined
·
813 Posts
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by His_Suzuki:
Welcome to the ticket club :) :D

Officer, Can I do monthly installments?

<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Your insurance must be sky high. If I were you I'd get a faster bike, so you can ditch the cops, At the rate your going what do you have to lose? I mean I'm sure with all those tickets your license has been suspended before. Can't they take it away permanently if you continue to get tickets?

------------------
 
1 - 20 of 24 Posts
Top