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Silly Sod Dec 19th 2007 8:42 pm

My First Pull (driving that is)
 
Yes,

Just had my first driving stop. I couldn't believe it when the flashers went on. I was driving just below the limit in town, taking it easy coz the cop was on my bumper.

I thought - ayup, 'ere we go!!! The cop looked too young to smoke. He was very polite though. I had all my documents ready. He said - sir, do you know why you have been stopped? No, I replied. You have no brake lights.

I was expecting - get out of the car sir, lie down on the ground sir - I am now going to taser you sir ha ha I said - you mean one is out? He said - they are all out. All three. He was very pleasant though and he ran my detailsl etc.

Came back and gave me a ticket that says I have ten days to get it fixed, but if I need longer just give them a call. I dont have to pay anything unless I fail to have it fixed. I have a guy on it now.

Anyway, just thought I would share. It is another small milestone living in america - my first traffic stop. Cheers :)

Ray Dec 19th 2007 8:51 pm

Re: My First Pull (driving that is)
 

Originally Posted by Silly Sod (Post 5686304)
Yes,

Just had my first driving stop. I couldn't believe it when the flashers went on. I was driving just below the limit in town, taking it easy coz the cop was on my bumper.

I thought - ayup, 'ere we go!!! The cop looked too young to smoke. He was very polite though. I had all my documents ready. He said - sir, do you know why you have been stopped? No, I replied. You have no brake lights.

I was expecting - get out of the car sir, lie down on the ground sir - I am now going to taser you sir ha ha I said - you mean one is out? He said - they are all out. All three. He was very pleasant though and he ran my detailsl etc.

Came back and gave me a ticket that says I have ten days to get it fixed, but if I need longer just give them a call. I dont have to pay anything unless I fail to have it fixed. I have a guy on it now.

Anyway, just thought I would share. It is another small milestone living in america - my first traffic stop. Cheers :)

And I would say 95% of all traffic stops are the same

Although a cop used a bullshit excuse to stop me ...
was very polite ..went to check my details..came back ..asked me if my gun was on my person ( the licence info on the computer must have told him)
I said yes ...good man he said ...gave me a $7 ticket for failing to carry DL ..

and chatted for 15 mins about his trip to England when he was younger ...
absolutely no problem at all ...

Silly Sod Dec 19th 2007 9:30 pm

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Originally Posted by Ray (Post 5686338)
And I would say 95% of all traffic stops are the same

Although a cop used a bullshit excuse to stop me ...
was very polite ..went to check my details..came back ..asked me if my gun was on my person ( the licence info on the computer must have told him)
I said yes ...good man he said ...gave me a $7 ticket for failing to carry DL ..

and chatted for 15 mins about his trip to England when he was younger ...
absolutely no problem at all ...

As I have said my friend (who is black) has been pulled a couple of times by white cops in Birmingham, AL and he has never even been given a ticket. They are far more interested in his accent. Perhaps we have watched too many movies. The guy who pulled me didn't even go - whooooop.....whoop!!!! on his siren, which was a bit disappointing :)

Rushman Dec 19th 2007 10:19 pm

Re: My First Pull (driving that is)
 
In 4 years I've been pulled over about 10 or 12 times. All for speeding except on time the trooper wanted to put a dog in my car to check for drugs. Ive had a total of 8 points and Im expecting another two next month. Ive paid over $1000 in fines and $400 in radar detectors which have probably saved me my licence and another $1000 in fines.

Yes, the troopers are usually very polite and courteous and love to hear the accent as they bend me over and **** me in the ass for another ticket for being 10 or 15mph over the limit.

ugacrew Dec 19th 2007 10:22 pm

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Originally Posted by Rushman (Post 5686668)
In 4 years I've been pulled over about 10 or 12 times. All for speeding except on time the trooper wanted to put a dog in my car to check for drugs. Ive had a total of 8 points and Im expecting another two next month. Ive paid over $1000 in fines and $400 in radar detectors which have probably saved me my licence and another $1000 in fines.

Yes, the troopers are usually very polite and courteous and love to hear the accent as they bend me over and **** me in the ass for another ticket for being 10 or 15mph over the limit.

Have you ever hired an attorney to take care of those citations for you? I know I've done that here in Missouri when I got a speeding ticket. I was going 10 over and had it handled by a lawyer. I didn't have to show in court and no points were assessed. It also didn't get reported to my insurance company. Good thing to because my rates kick ass.

Rushman Dec 19th 2007 10:26 pm

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Originally Posted by ugacrew (Post 5686683)
Have you ever hired an attorney to take care of those citations for you? I know I've done that here in Missouri when I got a speeding ticket. I was going 10 over and had it handled by a lawyer. I didn't have to show in court and no points were assessed. It also didn't get reported to my insurance company. Good thing to because my rates kick ass.

I bit the bullet and got one for this last ticket. I had been good for the last two years but I figure if I get a ban I'll move state, play the 'fresh off the boat immigrant" and get another licence. I figure if I do this through all 48 states by the time I get back to NY my licence will be clean again.

ugacrew Dec 19th 2007 10:31 pm

Re: My First Pull (driving that is)
 

Originally Posted by Rushman (Post 5686695)
I bit the bullet and got one for this last ticket. I had been good for the last two years but I figure if I get a ban I'll move state, play the 'fresh off the boat immigrant" and get another licence. I figure if I do this through all 48 states by the time I get back to NY my licence will be clean again.

That won't help you out. Each state has an agreement with the other to report DMV activity to each other. So what happens in NY can and will follow to the other 49 states. What really matters though is that your insurance company doesn't find out about it. That's where you'll really get screwed in the long run since it takes years for your premiums to adjust after and incident. I believe between 3 and 5. Usually at 5 it falls off your record completely.

Rushman Dec 19th 2007 10:32 pm

Re: My First Pull (driving that is)
 

Originally Posted by ugacrew (Post 5686707)
That won't help you out. Each state has an agreement with the other to report DMV activity to each other. So what happens in NY can and will follow to the other 49 states. What really matters though is that your insurance company doesn't find out about it. That's where you'll really get screwed in the long run since it takes years for your premiums to adjust after and incident. I believe between 3 and 5. Usually at 5 it falls off your record completely.

I was taking the piss.

ugacrew Dec 19th 2007 10:33 pm

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Originally Posted by Rushman (Post 5686714)
I was taking the piss.

Hey you know I'm slow. I take the short bus to work you know.;)

AmerLisa Dec 19th 2007 10:35 pm

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Originally Posted by ugacrew (Post 5686717)
Hey you know I'm slow. I take the short bus to work you know.;)

Join the club, my dear......;):rofl::rofl:

Silly Sod Dec 19th 2007 10:51 pm

Re: My First Pull (driving that is)
 

Originally Posted by Rushman (Post 5686668)
In 4 years I've been pulled over about 10 or 12 times. All for speeding except on time the trooper wanted to put a dog in my car to check for drugs. Ive had a total of 8 points and Im expecting another two next month. Ive paid over $1000 in fines and $400 in radar detectors which have probably saved me my licence and another $1000 in fines.

Yes, the troopers are usually very polite and courteous and love to hear the accent as they bend me over and **** me in the ass for another ticket for being 10 or 15mph over the limit.


In Michigan they have driver responsibility fees on top of everything else. They have that where you are? The wife got a ticket for a broken tail light, didn't pay it in time and before long the costs had spiralled out of control. She now owes almost five bag, for a broken tail light FFS!!! She cant get her license back till she pays it. Hence I do all the driving. Lucky my local here is in walking distance!!! :eek:

dh010447 Dec 19th 2007 11:02 pm

Re: My First Pull (driving that is)
 

Originally Posted by Ray (Post 5686338)
And I would say 95% of all traffic stops are the same

Although a cop used a bullshit excuse to stop me ...
was very polite ..went to check my details..came back ..asked me if my gun was on my person ( the licence info on the computer must have told him)
I said yes ...good man he said ...gave me a $7 ticket for failing to carry DL ..

and chatted for 15 mins about his trip to England when he was younger ...
absolutely no problem at all ...

$7... Was it even worth the hassle for him to pull you over and get out the car :s

Silly Sod Dec 19th 2007 11:28 pm

Re: My First Pull (driving that is)
 
Oh FFS!!! Just nipped out to the corner store and the bleedin indicators have stopped working too!!!! I have to get the young un to school tomorrow morning. I mean it is close by but it is a pretty turny route!! Drivers side window has never worked so I cant even hand signal. Got a guy coming round to fix it but he cant get here before ten am. Cant borrow a car or get a ride that early. Truly pissed off right now folks!!!

dh010447 Dec 19th 2007 11:57 pm

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Originally Posted by Silly Sod (Post 5686889)
Oh FFS!!! Just nipped out to the corner store and the bleedin indicators have stopped working too!!!! I have to get the young un to school tomorrow morning. I mean it is close by but it is a pretty turny route!! Drivers side window has never worked so I cant even hand signal. Got a guy coming round to fix it but he cant get here before ten am. Cant borrow a car or get a ride that early. Truly pissed off right now folks!!!

I think you need a new car :)

Strangley enough, I am selling one... You would have to go to the UK and collect it though :)

Silly Sod Dec 20th 2007 12:01 am

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Originally Posted by dh010447 (Post 5686943)
I think you need a new car :)

Strangley enough, I am selling one... You would have to go to the UK and collect it though :)

I need a new pair of f cukin jeans first mate - and that aint looking likely lol. As for your car - go for a pint in a shitty area, forget to lock the doors and bobs your aunties live in lover!!! :)


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