Everything is rebuttable. Speeding is not a strict liability offense in any state. That's exactly why there's radar, lidar, timing and pacing. Remember, the BOP is still on the state, not the defendant/offender.In Texas, "speeding" is driving faster than reasonable and prudent under the circumstances, OR over the PSL. Driving over the PSL is prima facie evidence of speeding, however it is rebuttable. Say for example, it is a dry & pretty day & there is no traffic & you are in a well made, well maintained car on good roads. It can be perfectly reasonable to go over the PSL. A cop could still write you a citation, but you could fight it.
SO, for me, I pretty much keep it slow in town. Reasonable & prudent. Speeding doesn't really get you anywhere faster anyway. But out on the open highway, I boogie. Always have.
For instance in California
Haha, nope. Nice profiling right there eh?Yea though I drive through the valley of the shadow of Traffic Enforcement I will fear no evil for my V1 (w/ JBV1) and my ALP 2RX/1TX front and rear comfort me . . . . All the days and nights I drive PSL plus twenty-five!
I drive therefore I exceed the PSL.
A very good friend of mine has dual German/US citizenship and drives about 30 over everywhere in his Porsche and every time he gets pulled over he speaks only German and hands them his passport and German DL. In 25 years he has only been taken to the station twice and both times the watch commander told the LEO to cut him loose. The God Mercury truly smiles down on Michael.
To the OP, if you speak French give that a try while in the US.
Haha, nope. Nice profiling right there eh?
British Columbia is the west coast and Quebec the east.
But you have a 1 in 5 chance of that working, 20% of Canadians speak French.
I just will play the harmless clean cut tourist card if pulled over.
Hahaha, now that's funny right there, I don't care who you are!I took three years of French in High School and 2 years in College (silly me thought why would I ever need Spanish when it seems all the South Americans want to come here so they will want to learn English, mistake on my part). So I get pulled over in Toronto trying to get to the company Skybox on time for the start of the Blue Jays game, so I hand the Officer my DL and papers and ask what is wrong in French hoping that might help speed thing up. Well that was the wrong thing to do, he was pissed. He saw my GA license and said WE speak English up here.
I had the exact opposite experience. When we were in Quebec I tried to order something in my horrible French. She laughed at me and I apologized. She switched to English and said that she actually appreciated me speaking to her in French, even if it was terribad, as "at least you tried and showed us respect in our home."He saw my GA license and said WE speak English up here.
Speaking of Sphincters, Illinois' is a small city called Cairo (no not the one in Egypt and for some odd reason, they pronounce it Kay-RowA few posts so far of Canucks who get puckered sphincters when driving in USA.
You 'mericans are some scary peeps eh!?
How about your home state vs. others? Any inside knowledge from our southern drivers about places it's a bad idea to speed?
They're making a serious push to get radar/LIDAR authorized for the local PDs in Pennsylvania, and I've been writing my state reps & senators, using examples like these why it's a bad idea. But deep down I know I'm kind of wasting my time. Of course they're not ignorant that revenue enhancement is going to happen. In fact, they're depending on it.Any small town where there's a major road that goes through and the speed in town drops from 45 or 50 to 25. Those police stations are fully funded by those speed traps. +20 up to the sign, +2 once I get there!
All of the citation fees should be distributed to every driver in the state in equal portions (as a discount on registration fees and, if that does not offset the registration fees, as a direct deposit) so that no state entity profits from it.They're making a serious push to get radar/LIDAR authorized for the local PDs in Pennsylvania, and I've been writing my state reps & senators, using examples like these why it's a bad idea. But deep down I know I'm kind of wasting my time. Of course they're not ignorant that revenue enhancement is going to happen. In fact, they're depending on it.
On social media, I was engaging one of the local PDs on this topic. They replied that my fears were unfounded, "only" 20% of citation fees would go back to the PD. I replied that if it really was about public and traffic safety, and nothing else, re-write the bill so ALL the citation fees went to the state/PennDOT. I never get a reply back when I ask that question.