I haven't gotten a ticket YET, but what would happen for 100+ in Texas?

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Let's say I'm driving along on a stretch of flat interstate-grade road with sparse traffic and few exits. Generally I'll cruise around at around 100-110 and coast down to around 85-90 if I'm approaching slower traffic or even more cautiously if they're a left-lane hog and force me to pass on the right since they're probably not accustomed to people approaching so quickly (75 mph speed limit). I also slow down if I'm coming up on a road crossing where the highway crosses up and over the other road (thereby limiting sight distance over the crest of the hill). This generally keeps me fairly safe from tickets because this is where cops usually set up their ambushes, but let's say I get unlucky one day and get caught going ~110 anyway. Can anyone venture to say what will happen? My understanding is that TX generally doesn't issue reckless driving for speed alone, you have to be doing something else (weaving, racing, etc.) Would I likely face jail time or a license suspension?

PLEASE LIMIT THE SPECULATION, I'd really like to hear from anyone with first-hand experience or legal knowledge of how things work specifically in TX.

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I have been ganked in Indiana for more than triple digits. I received a speeding ticket and a reckless driving infraction. I could have been also given a misdemeanor (not in my case) or arrested (I know people who have in this situation).

Just depends on the officer of the law tbh. I mean look at VIN wiki if you need advice...
 

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I know you don't want speculation but really, that's all we can give you. Depends on the officer really. I know you mentioned in your other thread you don't have any counter measures but if you're doing triple digits, you really should consider purchasing some asap.
 

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I would say at least get a radar detector, they are pretty cheap, grab a uniden DFR6,7,8,9 so you have at least some radar coverage... good SA is always helpful, but sooner or later they will get you. between Wazr, RD and good SA thay will get you pretty far in terms of protection.
 

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I think even with countermeasures it's a good idea to know the expected repercussions if caught and modify behavior accordingly. For example, in Ohio, I have gotten multiple mid-high 90s tickets in a 65 from ohio highway patrol and never had them even so much as lecture me. It was pure business. Here's your speeding ticket, get on your way so I can catch the next speeder. Given this, while obviously I still try and avoid a ticket at all costs because of the costs and points involved, I am more willing to drive in the 90-100 range in Ohio. Meanwhile, in Virginia with their crazy reckless driving statutes, I'd never dare go that fast even with all of my countermeasures in play.
 

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All 100+ does is make you ineligible for defensive driving ticket dismissal.

other disqualifiers are 25 over, being in a work zone, not having insurance.
 
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All 100+ does is make you ineligible for defensive driving ticket dismissal.

other disqualifiers are 15 over, being in a work zone, not having insurance.
It's been awhile since I lived in Texas but the cut off for Defensive Driving used to be +25. I was pulled at +24 (79 in a 55) in Wichita Falls back in '94 and took DD to have it removed.
 

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I would say at least get a radar detector, they are pretty cheap, grab a uniden DFR6,7,8,9 so you have at least some radar coverage... good SA is always helpful, but sooner or later they will get you. between Wazr, RD and good SA thay will get you pretty far in terms of protection.
Yeah, it'd be pretty sad to get caught driving like that with CO that could be detected for a mile even by a cheap RD
 

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So back to the OP by @arthur106 : on a 75 mph highway, running 100 mph, you should expect a ticket which you could have removed from your driving record after the successful completion o of a Defensive Driving course. Over 100 and it's officer discretion.
 

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I appreciate all the answers. I've dabbled in the transportation code but couldn't find anything regarding punishments for certain speeds. I don't suppose anyone more legal savvy than I is able to cite specific laws/statutes or certain real-life cases in TX?
 

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Best case: lets you go with a verbal or written warning.
Likely case: you get a ticket for more than 25 over and hire and attorney (maybe “lets you off easy” by writing it for lower than reality, maybe not)
Worst case: Slaps you with every single thing he can think of, then the cuffs, and you have to go sit in the drunk tank while waiting for a magistrate to adjudicate your case, and you call an attorney. Not likely but not impossible.

Exceeding the speed limit on its own is not an arrestable offense (neither is texting or an open container if not over the legal limit). Reckless driving, however, can (but not necessarily will) result in cuffs and a ride to the drunk tank, though it’s still only a “gross misdemeanor” that’s punishable by a max of 30 days and a fine up to $200 (on top of any other citations written). There’s no set speed or amount over the limit for reckless driving, I don’t think, based instead on officer discretion and testimony and definitely attorney territory no matter what. Make sure you have a good dash cam that’s operational.

Racing on the highway is a separate offense. Don’t be playing games with a rabbit, and you'll never have to worry about it.
 
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Best case: lets you go with a Bernal or written warning.
Likely case: you get a ticket for more than 25 over and hire and attorney (maybe “lets you off easy” by writing it for lower than reality, maybe not)
Worst case: Slaps you with every single thing he can think of, then the cuffs, and you have to go sit in the drunk tank while waiting for a magistrate to adjudicate your case, and you call an attorney. Not likely but not impossible.

Exceeding the speed limit on its own is not an arrestable offense (neither is texting or an open container if not over the legal limit). Reckless driving, however, can (but not necessarily will) result in cuffs and a ride to the drunk tank, though it’s still only a “gross misdemeanor” that’s punishable by a max of 30 days and a fine up to $200 (on top of any other citations written). There’s no set speed or amount over the limit for reckless driving, I don’t think, based instead on officer discretion and testimony and definitely attorney territory no matter what. Make sure you have a good dash cam that’s operational.

Racing on the highway is a separate offense. Don’t be playing games with a rabbit, and you'll never have to worry about it.
Thank you for the response. So you think a dashcam would be more beneficial than harmful? I mean, I can't imagine a judge would be too interested in me saying, "Oh look, I was going over 100 BUT I wasn't tailgating, weaving etc.." or would they?
In any case, I probably need to just focus on slowing my ass down.
 

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Under 25 and defensive driving is an option. Or you can go for deferred route. I have used DD in the past because it's usually court cost and $25 for DD. Deferred usually means you pay cost of ticket and some countys charge a surcharge on top of ticket cost. Over 100 mph probably wont send you to jail if you pull over immediately and don't have a horrible driving record, but it could. Guy in GTR got popped for 143 mph in DFW area and just got an expensive ticket! It's on YouTube. Get a R series detector and keep your situational awareness on at all times!
 

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Work on your Aussie accent and friendly demeanor and you'll probably manage a verbal warning! :laugh:
 

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So you think a dashcam would be more beneficial than harmful? I mean, I can't imagine a judge would be too interested in me saying, "Oh look, I was going over 100 BUT I wasn't tailgating, weaving etc.." or would they?
I think of a dashcam as insurance, basically. One capable of occasional entertainment, too :)

If the footage hurts you, keep it to yourself. If it helps you, you’ve got it available. As always, leave it up to your attorney to decide, if it comes to that.
 

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