What's best reply to "do you know how fast you were going?"?

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"Well apparently not fast enough officer, you caught up to me"
 

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With all the rocks and wildlife i mostly pay attention to those things. I almost hit a deer 2 days ago. The car in front of me hit one and it went right over the windshield and into my lane. Been pretty diligent ever since.

How fast was i going?
 

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The only truthful answer is no. I would just say "Sorry, no".

Speedometers are rarely perfectly accurate due to variances caused by tire pressure and tread wear. And there's the simple fact most only show your speed as a whole number. If you're going 65.000001 MPH your speedometer will show 65, but that's not your speed. And of course, to even begin to answer that question, you must know what moment in time they're talking about - the moment they observed you, the moment they pointed radar at you, the moment they got radar lock, etc. There are too many variables. You can completely honestly say "no".
 

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I first saw this from a thread posted by @Christoph_Kohl and I thought it was a pretty good answer.
The question, "Do you have any idea how fast you were going?" should be answered with, "Truly, I don't - my mind was wondering." (This is accurate: You were not focusing on Rules 1 through 9!) "But I must have been over the limit or I guess you wouldn't have stopped me." Note that you weren't speeding deliberately - no "late for work" or "catch a plane" excuses! Your attention drifted a bit, that's all, no premeditated criminally was involved!
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A veteran trooper with a rookie out for field instruction is parked on the side of the interstate when a red convertible sports car passes at 92 MPH.

He turns on the blue lights and gives chase. When the sports car pulls over, he instructs the rookie to go to the driver’s door, drop his fly, and take it out.

The rookie protests that this is crazy but the veteran insists that with 29 years of experience, he knows what he’s doing.

When the rookie does what he was told, the blonde in the drivers seat says, “Oh no, not another breathalyzer test!”
 

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So everyone says don't admit to speeding, and don't insult the officers intelligence.
What is the best thing to say in that situation?
On two wheels?

"I was completely focused on having my eyes on the road and my surroundings. I had no time to glance at my speedometer."

It worked - once.

One *other* time, the trooper was standing in the middle of the road when he clocked my speed.

Busted. :(

Four wheels? :bang:
 

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I've been pulled over a number of times in my driving life, and have not found a good answer to this question. I have found cops will be untruthful, however, and they get perks for issuing more than a minimum number of tickets, so they have an interest in issuing the citation.

I once answered, "I guess I was in a hurry." I got a ticket.
I tried, "how may I help you." I got a ticket.
I tried, "I honestly don't know." I got a ticket.
I have never tried being rude or sarcastic. I have always called them "officer" or "sir."

I always pull way off the road to give the cop room. That has never gotten me anything; I might as well park in traffic, I guess. I suppose I could jam the brakes when they pull tight behind me and flip on their lights, earn the officer a new radiator.

It's all mostly tax money, anyway.
 

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I've tried the ol, "going with the flow of traffic sir," to which the trooper told me that's not true cuz traffic was a few hundred feet ahead of me. In reality, I was just the unlucky one to pass him right as he was finishing up after pulling someone else over.

Somehow managed to get out of that one with a warning.
 

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No sir, but I bet you do.
A buddy of mine said that and the officer laughed and let him go. It has to be said in your best Gomer Pyle to get away with it.
So everyone says don't admit to speeding, and don't insult the officers intelligence.
What is the best thing to say in that situation?
 

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