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By JD114 - 17 April 2008 66

Seems a colleague’s friend was driving along the Monaro Highway yesterday chatting on the old mobile (as you do) when she noticed a police car was behind her. Within a second she had mumbled gotta go and literally threw the phone down hoping against hope she had not been seen. But it was not to be, the flashing lights came on and she was pulled over.

“Do you know why I pulled you over?” the cop asked.
“Ummm yes…. because I was talking on my mobile” she replied with trepidation.
“Actually you were speeding, 98 in an 80 zone” he replied, “but now I’m going to book you for that as well!”

Net result: over $600 in fines and presumably 6 points off the old licence account as well.

Moral of the story? Well I guess it would have to be: don’t assume the cop knows you’re half as guilty as you really are!

What’s Your opinion?


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Today’s traffic story
Katie 4:00 pm 17 Apr 08

“That’s Hilarious! I always wondered what the point of cops asking you such questions is”

I used to know a guy who was pulled over for speeding and was asked this question. He told the policeman that he had a bad case of diarrhoea and that if he didn’t get to a toilet soon he’d be wearing it. He pulled the faces and everything and said something along the lines of “I know it’s wrong and I’m happy to take the ticket but could you please be quick about it? I’m not sure how much longer I can hold it”. He said the policeman let him go but told him to drive the speed limit.
Not sure if it’s a true story – he swore it was. Either way it’s pretty funny…

Thumper 3:52 pm 17 Apr 08

‘I believe I was doing the speed limit’ is always a good answer.

Don’t worry, they’ll tell you if you weren’t.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 3:45 pm 17 Apr 08

I believe the cops ask ‘why were you speeding’ because answering with an excuse constitutes admitting that you were intentionally speeding.

If I ever get pulled over for speeding (yeah, right) I’ll try denying it and see what happens.

deye 3:25 pm 17 Apr 08

Deano said :

Seems to be a bit of a blitz going on on the Monaro at the moment. Not only was there a camera van along parked there, but a marked car was stationed just before the gaol doing radar checks and booking people speeding up before the end of the 80 zone.

On the way back south I noticed that the speed camera signs just before Hindmarsh Drive had been uncovered. Up on the overpass were half a dozen officers with radars checking the traffic in both directions.

Those 80 zones are a pain in the butt, especially the nice 4 lane divided road one. Nearly any other state and quite a few of our roads would be 100 instead of 80 or 90.

ant 3:23 pm 17 Apr 08

Deano said :

but a marked car was stationed just before the gaol doing radar checks and booking people

Trying to drum up a bit of business for the facility, perhaps?

Hamilton 3:12 pm 17 Apr 08

-“That’s Hilarious! I always wondered what the point of cops asking you such questions is” –

The point of asking the question is so you come back with an answer – As soon as you come back with an answer (e.g I am late picking up the kids) you have admitted that you were speeding!

NEVER ANSWER THAT QUESTION – be polite but deny till you die!

Meconium 3:10 pm 17 Apr 08

Did you mean “Schadenfreude” mente?

Deano 2:59 pm 17 Apr 08

Seems to be a bit of a blitz going on on the Monaro at the moment. Not only was there a camera van along parked there, but a marked car was stationed just before the gaol doing radar checks and booking people speeding up before the end of the 80 zone.

On the way back south I noticed that the speed camera signs just before Hindmarsh Drive had been uncovered. Up on the overpass were half a dozen officers with radars checking the traffic in both directions.

jimbocool 2:56 pm 17 Apr 08

In Texas people use their laptops when driving…they have special cradles for them, just like mobile phone cradles.
They also have a very civilised prescribed BAC limit of 0.08 – although that’s not as civilised as Louisiana where it’s 0.1!

TAD 2:53 pm 17 Apr 08

you know I meant polite.

If you were police the getting away with it ratio goes up one more.

la mente torbida 2:52 pm 17 Apr 08

Pure gold! shaudenfraud

TAD 2:52 pm 17 Apr 08

Actually be nice and police and admit wrongdoing will get you out of it 3 out of 4 times.

It’s called the “attitude test”.

ant 2:51 pm 17 Apr 08

I’m just waiting for some sanctimonious so-and-so to say “oh it serves her right for breaking the LAW”.

It’s quite a shock in the US, people there use their time pushing supermarket trolleys, and driving, as the time to catch up on their phone calls. I was at the main intersection in Park City many a time, waiting to cross, looking at 2 and 3 lanes of traffic each way, stopped at the lights, and sometimes *every single driver* I could see was on their mobiles.

Crikey 2:49 pm 17 Apr 08

Suck eggs!

RAGD 2:37 pm 17 Apr 08

That’s Hilarious! I always wondered what the point of cops asking you such questions is.
I also always found it funny that when they ask you , if there was any reasons you were speeding? I mean is there really any thing you can say to get out of it? My wife is having a baby? An emergency at work? Whats the point of asking that?

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