Weird tickets and lessons learned.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by svs, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. lemieuxmc

    lemieuxmc Banned

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    My neighbor is a retired Navy officer and was coming home from the gun range with his GF and her kids in the Yukon Denali. At the w-bound HWY 94 Border Patrol checkpoint he gets stopped and the car searched because "our Gamma ray detectors went off". Fortunately he didn't get angry... you wouldn't like him when he's angry!
  2. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    They're quite sensitive. A friend and his wife came over from Canada once, and the guy at the booth asked if either of them had undergone a medical scan recently. The wife had had a thyroid scan done 2 weeks previously that involved an injection of radioactive iodine.
  3. achtung3

    achtung3 Long timer

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    Pacience kept me away from many troubles specially on the road.
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    kabluie Adventurer

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    When I had mid controls on my sportster I did it any time I felt like it. (grin) Now that I have forward controls I don't feel the need because I'm already confortable. (more grins)
  5. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    That wasn't it. The radioactivity of the iodine would have decayed to the point it was essentially undetectable in about three days - and not at all from outside a moving car. I suspect it's the excuse they use whenever they want a reason to pull you over and don't have anything else.
  6. Mat

    Mat Long timer

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    Hm, hearing all these stories it almost makes me glad our biggest ticket related problems are robocops all over the roads (constantly evolving radar boxes), and the fact that nowadays they can't even run out of film anymore :-(

    At least the strict cops here who issue no warnings also are strict the other way and we don't have to deal with arbitrary decisions where you are at the mercy of whichever individual pulls you over, consequently either paying for some BS or wasting time in court.

    A weird ticket here means getting a $20 speeding ticket (tickets so low exist??? Yep, in some places), or being able to pay it conveniently per credit card online (French police).

    Maybe with the bicycle. I got pulled over when I was 15, got a grand total of $50 in fines for riding in the wrong direction (one direction had a general no-driving sign, the other only for motorized vehicles), no bell cover (got stolen), and the insurance sticker was on the frame and not the plate where it should have been. That incident tought me to always run when you see a cop on the bicycle!

    That won't work with motorbikes or cars, they usually don't follow you but just wait at your door. That's what license plates are for. No need to kill innocents with action-packed chases.

    With a motorbike they generally let you be as long as you are not speeding. I am still waiting to one day pay the permit fee for passing cars at red lights. It will have been worth it by then. :wink:
  7. TobyG

    TobyG be happy :)

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    I just thought I'd give this a bump.

    I don't got any stories myself, as I've simply never had any encounter with the cops.
  8. Les Peterson

    Les Peterson Been here awhile

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    The best ticket I've gotten out of was many years ago. I was young and stupid and had so many violations the judge told me that If he ever saw me in his court again he'd pull my license. Well I was nailed at 68 in a 55 and my court date was moved. Come to find out the judge at the time was nailed for DUI and had to step down and the temp judge was nice to me and dissmissed the ticket due to incorrect paperwork on the officers part. Since that time I've been good and no tickets, that was in 1992.
  9. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    Ride with me for a while, you will have plenty of stories :lol3
  10. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    You're doin' it wrong then. :lol3
  11. Wlfman

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    Not to mention the fact you legally can not be ticketed for an offense unless a LEO actually see you do the crime.
  12. duck

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    This varies by state to some degree. In the past in WA you could get out of an airplane speeding ticket just by taking it to court and pointing out that the LEO on the ground who signed the citation did not witness the violation. The legislature changed the law to remove that loophole.
  13. dwoodward

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    Think twice before testing that theory in Oregon...
  14. TobyG

    TobyG be happy :)

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    Nope. Just riding under the radar :evil
  15. SlowRoll

    SlowRoll One Day Closer To......

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    I'll admit I'm a scofflaw and have had contact with both hard-ass and lenient LEOs. One encounter 40 years ago still raises my ire.

    I was riding a Brit 650. Hit a patch of gravel in a curve, went off the pavement and into a guardrail. The bike stopped there and I went flying over the bars. Landed in a grass field. Broken ribs and broken jaw. Someone called it in and an ambulance took me to a hospital about 25 miles away.

    I'm in the ER, in a cubicle, hurting, pretty much out of it, waiting to be taken for X-rays, when an LEO who had chased the ambulance came in. I don't really remember the conversation, hell, I could not really speak with a broken jaw.

    About a week later a speeding ticket arrives in the mail. 55mph in a 35mph zone. WTF?

    He claimed I told him I was going 55mph when I crashed. I'm sure I was doing 50 or 60 but I don't remember telling him that. Even if I had somehow told him that, it was under duress.

    It cost me a lawyer's fee but I had the ticket thrown out.
  16. Dastard

    Dastard Just another guy

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    Bananas will set off a radiation detector. A lot of potassium.

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  17. JustKip

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    So...they double as monkey shit detectors?
  18. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    If you have a whole boxcar load of them, you will see a reading somewhat above background.
  19. eliotsajerkface

    eliotsajerkface Been here awhile

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    A ticket a friend got on his functional honda. It's sort of a POS, but is his daily driver/commuter.

    [​IMG]
  20. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    ^ I got busted on my last TÜV for the Golf for a "dangerously broken part" - a cracked reflector.