Archive for December, 2009

I Almost Went to Jail

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I drove home to Moses Lake today. At the Utah/Idaho border I was stopped by an Idaho State patrolman. He came up to my car and I gave him the goods. He gives me the rundown:

COPPER: You know how fast you were going?
ME: 80ish
COPPER: I clocked you at 85.
ME: Ohhhh
COPPER: In Idaho we have a definite speed limit and on this stretch it’s 75. So, even if you were going 80 mph I would still have to cite you.

At this point I’m like “Dude, I’ve been driving for about 8 yrs now. I know if I am even going 1 mph over I can get a ticket.” Am I wrong about this? Are there states that have false speed limits? Do they just post the speed limit, but in reality the speed limit is higher than what is posted?

So, the cop goes to his car and comes back. The following conversation ensues:

Cop: So, I cited you for going 10 over, 85 in a 75. It was only a traffic violation so there is no jail time involved.

Luckily, I hadn’t murdered anyone while going 10 over so I narrowly avoided jail time. I like to live life on the edge like that.

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