LEO Had My Number

Discussion in 'Stories from the Front Lines' started by StuManChu, May 11, 2018.

  1. StuManChu

    StuManChu Learning to Drive General User

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    I live in a little town named Washington, NC. The other day right after driving by the local police, county sheriff and the state troopers facility (all right next to one another) I stopped at a nearby intersection (3 minutes+ wait time). I knew a Ford Explorer local PD was behind me. I reached into my glove box and pulled the R3 out and installed it on its mount and applied power as I was about to head out on Hwy 264. Obviously the officer behind me saw my motions and figured out what I was doing.

    10-20 seconds after the R3 was "sniffing" I was pegged with full KA. 35.5. Not sure my CA license place didn't' help matters. Once the light turned green I moved away at a reasonable speed. The next thing I know, the local PD unit moved around me to my right. As I looked over when he went by, he was laughing and gave me a thumbs up.

    I would never expect this, especially in this town. Typically they would have just wanted to have given me a ticket..... Similar experiences?
     
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  2. MrCheese

    MrCheese Learning to Drive General User

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    Nope, but glad to see Leo does have a sense of humor.

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    Deadhead1971 “Big Bug Bite” Advanced User

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    For spite........
     
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    siq49 Learning to Fly Beginner User

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    I don't know but I always get more paranoid when I am driving in a state that doesn't match my license plate. l could be wrong and maybe perhaps the license plate does not matter or it's the luck of the draw; but I think LEO's "WATCH" "Out of Stater's" more closely lol
     
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    I think they're more likely to ticket an out of state driver because they're less likely to come back and fight a ticket. I've also heard of police looking to stop out of state drivers if that other state allows marijuana and the cop's state doesn't. If they fish for that out of state driver, they might find some and bingo, the cop 'wins'. Similarly, I just read about Maryland cops using their car-mounted tag readers to ID drivers from another state who have a concealed carry permit. Then stopping those drivers and hassling them to see if they're carrying in Maryland (where they do not honor another state's permit), leading to roadside car searches and arrests.

    So yeah, there are several reasons why police watch out for an out-of-state driver.


     
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  6. Kennyc56

    Kennyc56 Ford Freak Intermediate User

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    TOLD YOU!!!!!!!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!! Won't matter WHAT plates you have over there,I promise! The fun is just beginning for you! You should try hard to mount your detector high and out of sight if at all possible. I've had them ride behind me for miles so they can" see the little light come on" With IO 100 times or more!
     
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    westwind77 Premium Member Advanced User Premium Member

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    LEO's are people too and have senses of humor. To be honest I have never had an encounter with a LEO that was unpleasant, even in a pulled over situation. Most of the ones I run into or know are friendlier and have better senses of humor than normal people. He was just playing along with the 'game' when he saw you mount it. That said I would never mount a RD with a LEO on my bumper lol.
     
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  8. The Only Sarge

    The Only Sarge 7 decades of hauling ass Advanced User

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    Benefit of living in a rural community....most of the Deputies around here either went to school with my daughters or worked for me on the ranch...so when I see them and always start the conversation with" hows your folks" :)

    Downside is they have bounty on my ass in the GTO and a pot at the station I am told is over $300 now :)
     
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    He was having a laugh. He wanted to see if you'd panic when he zapped you.
    There's a lot of laughs in traffic enforcement.
     
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    I get your point but I wasn’t laughing when I got my speeding ticket a year and a half ago and had to pay $375 for an attorney to help me make it go away :stare:
     
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    Kind of the same here. I just took a low-to-the-ground red Slingshot out of storage in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, they were on it like flies on fresh cow dung. I'm sure some of it was curiosity, another part may have been waiting to beam a race car and see if they could catch it or maybe it was way faster than otherwise believable--any way you look at it it's a great story and a fun day for them. I was under the speed limit, so no biggie for me. I eventually pulled over since one was following me and he was a nice enough guy, no problems, although I did see him for the rest of the day, but then again it's a small town so it could have been coincidence.

    No radar detector needed here, it's all beam-and-scream when you're the only red race car around.

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    I'm surprised they don't stake out on you.

    When I lived in Webster TX, I got a ticket for not having front plate so I put it on, got the ticket dismissed then took it off again. Then I got a another ticket again, put it back on, got the ticket dismissed then took it off again. Not really paying attention to who the officer was go figure in a town of 3500 people it was the same guy. So the next time I got pulled over I got a real lecture that went something like this.

    "I don't care how fancy you think this car is but state law mandates a front licenses plate be mounted clear and visible to the front of the vehicle. So I want you go home, get that license plate, find a mechanic and have that licenses plate mounted today. I know where you live and I know where you work and I will begin making it a part of my day to work your area of town and if I see you again without a front license plate I will cite you repeatedly until you comply with state law. Do you understand me"

    So I said yes sir.... went home and found a new place to live.
     
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    Steuart Where's my rabbit.. Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Carry a gift card for Dunkn Doughnuts, just in case..
     
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    Race car? Those things are about as fast as a lawn tractor.
     
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    WIHedgehog Learning to Drive General User

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    It's not stock. :D
     
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    Yes, well, that's not stock either...LOL
    Not sure it'll help them go faster, but that is a great picture.
     
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    Car & Driver did an instrumented test and review of the Polaris Slingshot for last month, which was interesting. Performance is about on par with a current Miata, mostly traction limited by the single rear drive wheel, and cornering grip of only 0.85 g (less than a Camry). One line I thought was great, "Although Polaris claims the Slingshot is good for a top speed of approximately 130 mph, we decided to stop pushing any further when the hood started shaking violently at 110 mph."

    2018 Polaris Slingshot Test | Review | Car and Driver

    A separate thread in the Car Discussion section may be called for so we can learn about these mysterious non-stock modifications that turn it into a race car! I'm sure proper performance summer tires would help a lot on their own. Sounds wicked.

    I can see why. They're already attention grabbing, and they've gone super gaudy to get even more attention, all at a much lower price than a Lambo or whatever. In that form, they're the automotive equivalent of these abominations:

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    WIHedgehog Learning to Drive General User

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    All true.

    To get it to perform the suspension may need to be changed out--the components are Chinese so some are good, some are bad, The hood flap can be fixed by adding rubber bumpers, another fix is to use magnets and metal plates--either way it fixes the flap. The Slingshot rises up due to under-body turbulence at about 80 MPH and sucks back down around 110 MPH. The solution is to put an air dam or large underbody plate in, either work. Cornering is pretty stable, lowering it 1.5" solves some high-speed cross-wind float issues and improves cornering, but speed bumps and entrances to things like gas stations become problematic.

    The ECU is pretty adaptable, but depends on the tune programmed into it. The factory tunes I've worked with know when the intake/exhaust is modified and kick into performance mode, and there's a custom aftermarket tune available also.

    Gears 1-3 are great, 4th is a dog thanks to the stock log manifold--changing that out adds enough top-end power in 3rd to make 4th catch at a decent RPM, things are wayyyyy better then. Some people pull the cats out of the toilet-bowel exhaust or replace the exhaust completely (back-pressure is not your friend).

    The factory cold-air intake is pretty decent and has a lot of flow, but some change it out to a K&N--I think that adds a lot of dirt into the engine without a lot of performance gain, but the sound is good.

    The final drive belt has to be tensioned "firm" so it doesn't jump, but that cooks the Chinese final drive bearings, so that's a bit of an issue.

    There are some coolant routing modifications, the steering wheel is a 10-pound lump of dead yak, and the shift knob comes from a specific part of the yak most people don't want to grab on to, so I'd suggest changing those...

    I've changed the hood vent and some other things like the stock brakes (I swear they put in yak hoofs for pads), and it will outrun your average State Trooper cruiser--not suggesting anyone do that because the radio is faster than the wheel--speaking of that, some models have decent rims, some don't, so....

    Finally, if all that doesn't twist your crank tight enough, there's a supercharger that bolts right on and adds a lot of YEE-HAW! without much work. Kind of like...that joke probably isn't safe for this forum--nevermind.

    I'm not going to suggest anyone do this because the engine really can't take the stress, but some people [ahem] have added a turbine-spooled radial compressor. Again, don't do this. [but it is loads of fun]
     
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    erickonphoenix LLE, Left Lane Enforcer Advanced User Premium Member

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    Well.... I like my pair pair of trival boots and so do the latin ladies. Granted they do make it kind of hard to drive a stick.