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      05-15-2012 08:51 AM #76
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluegrape2 View Post
      A hidden radar detector is a good idea. I used to hide my passport under the passenger side headrest. still worked well and it was not visible unless they were searching the inside of your car...
      NOT a good idea. I have a K40 which has absolutely no visible sensors and got ticketed by a State Cop just a few days ago. They have a "Spectre" device which beeps louder the closer it gets to a vehicle using radar detection. He just rolled past my car on the shoulder at a stop light and busted me. $100 fine after court fees.

      Got pulled for 25+ on the toll road the next day in a 997 turbo. Got charged with "Failure to pay full time & attention". No points and a $100 fine. Metro Authority cops aren't so bad.
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      05-15-2012 08:53 AM #77
      I had one several years ago in Loudon County. If you're heading east on 50, and coming up to Gilbert's Corner, they dropped the limit to 25 after adding in the chain of traffic circles. Not knowing this, I come through there at 52 MPH apparently. Paid a lawyer $600, didn't go to court, got reduced to a 44/25. I think with a reckless charge in VA, you're better off going the lawyer route... it may cost more, but the lawyer will know what wheels to grease to get the ticket dropped to just a speeding ticket. The reckless will stay on your record for 7 years I believe, and will put your insurance through the roof.

      Quote Originally Posted by j. Kush View Post
      NOT a good idea. I have a K40 which has absolutely no visible sensors and got ticketed by a State Cop just a few days ago. They have a "Spectre" device which beeps louder the closer it gets to a vehicle using radar detection. He just rolled past my car on the shoulder at a stop light and busted me. $100 fine after court fees.
      You need a detector that isn't picked up by the Spectre.
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      05-15-2012 08:58 AM #78
      In my anecdotal experience of living in VA for 4 years, I've gotten pulled over 3 times for speeding (65-70 in a 55), however got off with a warning each time. Before that, I lived in MD for 14 years and got pulled over 3 times, and received a ticket each time (no warnings). IMO the real scams happen when you travel down 95 South below NoVA where speed traps become a sport. The state troopers are probably the worst of the bunch. Whenever traveling down that direction I just set my cruise control at 70 and never had a problem.

    4. 05-15-2012 09:02 AM #79
      the main question is where in VA where you caught speeding ? ?

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      05-15-2012 09:12 AM #80
      Quote Originally Posted by djsheijkdfj View Post



      You need a detector that isn't picked up by the Spectre.
      Agreed. I just purchased the car a few months ago and didn't even know it had the K40 installed for a few weeks after the fact. I was skimming through some information after I got cited and it looks like even most modern detectors are picked up by the latest Spectre IV unit. If you know of one that isn't, let us know.
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      05-15-2012 09:41 AM #81
      I've lived in NoVA for two and a half years and thank God haven't gotten a ticket yet. That said, I sure hope that even a fraction of the asshat drivers who speed past me around here (and there seem to be a lot of them with Maryland plates) are getting nabbed.

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    7. 05-15-2012 09:42 AM #82
      Go to your dealer / mechanic and get a receipt saying you had the speedo "checked for accuracy and re-calibrated". Not usually an expensive "procedure". It's worked so many times for me that it's silly. Good luck.

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      05-15-2012 09:43 AM #83
      Quote Originally Posted by masa8888 View Post
      In my anecdotal experience of living in VA for 4 years, I've gotten pulled over 3 times for speeding (65-70 in a 55), however got off with a warning each time. Before that, I lived in MD for 14 years and got pulled over 3 times, and received a ticket each time (no warnings). IMO the real scams happen when you travel down 95 South below NoVA where speed traps become a sport. The state troopers are probably the worst of the bunch. Whenever traveling down that direction I just set my cruise control at 70 and never had a problem.
      Exactly. I got dinged for no front tag on my .:R, but the guy was clearly looking for something else AND he thought he had caught some young kid which unfortunately I'm not anymore. Classic line from the Statie was "well cars like this usually have something illegal on them." My response.. "cars like what?" Showed up to court and the judge was furious with him for wasting my time and her time b/c all he had were window tint tickets(for an out of state car), no tag tickets, etc. Judge even apologized to me which was odd and I went on my way. Even went to the Trooper on the way out.

      I used to have to go down to Va. Beach a TON for work and I'm shocked I never got pulled over. Most of the time 80mph was the "slow" speed. On 64 and 95 people just haul booty. Below I'd say Richmond you REALLY have to watch out bigtime.

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      05-15-2012 10:24 AM #84
      Quote Originally Posted by j. Kush View Post
      Agreed. I just purchased the car a few months ago and didn't even know it had the K40 installed for a few weeks after the fact. I was skimming through some information after I got cited and it looks like even most modern detectors are picked up by the latest Spectre IV unit. If you know of one that isn't, let us know.
      http://www.speedtraphunter.net/radar...detectors.html

      http://www.guysoflidar.com/spectre-4-in-virginia.html


    10. 05-15-2012 10:27 AM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by j. Kush View Post
      Agreed. I just purchased the car a few months ago and didn't even know it had the K40 installed for a few weeks after the fact. I was skimming through some information after I got cited and it looks like even most modern detectors are picked up by the latest Spectre IV unit. If you know of one that isn't, let us know.
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      05-15-2012 10:33 AM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by delrio View Post
      Has anyone been charged with reckless in VA and got a lawyer?
      I did. I got a lawyer, had a better legal result than if I hadn't, and learned an expensive lesson.

      I'm older now, I don't speed in Virginia anymore, and neither should you. Just man up and admit to yourself you made a mistake.

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      05-15-2012 10:44 AM #87
      There is a reason Fairfax County is one of the richest counties in the country. There are 2 counties in VA that you absolutely better Lawyer up in or your going to get bent over. Those 2 counties are Fairfax, and Stafford.

      I've had tickets in Fairfax many times. One reckless, while driving on a suspended. Was like 2 days before i got my license back so the officer only gave me a driving w/o license ticket. Got a lawyer, $300 fine for one $500 fine for the other $1500 for the lawyer. That was it. However, the damn DMV re-suspended my license anyways so it was kind of moot. But the lawyer most def saved my ass. Hope you have deep pockets.
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    13. 05-15-2012 10:45 AM #88
      Quote Originally Posted by nm+ View Post
      She broke the law. Was it reckless or driving like an asshat? You weren't there.

      **** guys, I thought this was a car forum. I've been criticized as driving like a grandma (speeding tickets suck), but we shouldn't be so ****ing terrified of speed. We're TCL, not the goddamn AARP.

      I'm not sure what I'm more shocked by: The shear number and vileness of the bigots in the gay marriage thread or the number slowpokes in TCL.
      I think you're missing the point. No one here is terrified of speed, but there's a point where "speeding" becomes "reckless". If you're doing almost 30mph over the posted speed, and other people are doing 5-10mph over, that to me, is a pretty dangerous situation, and can turn bad pretty quick.

    14. 05-15-2012 10:47 AM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by thetopdog View Post
      Are you being serious? Are you really brainwashed enough to thin 84mph is "beyond ridiculous"? Depending on the conditions 84mph could be dangerous, but it could also (and most likely is) a perfectly safe speed
      84mph in a 50mph zone... doesn't sound very safe to me, but hey, what do I know?

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      05-15-2012 11:12 AM #90
      And this is why I set my cruise to no more than 9 over going through VA when we drive to Maryland. Not worth risking it. Does it add some time to the trip? Sure, but certainly not much. Rather would take longer to get to my destination than get some crazy ticket in VA.
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    16. 05-15-2012 11:20 AM #91
      Quote Originally Posted by Rockerchick View Post
      And this is why I set my cruise to no more than 9 over going through VA when we drive to Maryland. Not worth risking it. Does it add some time to the trip? Sure, but certainly not much. Rather would take longer to get to my destination than get some crazy ticket in VA.
      MD bugs me - 65 in Western MD? I've been out there in mid day traffic - half dozen cars in 10~15 miles... Ah well. Oh, and my SiL's done NC too - got busted @ 100+ on I-77 & was a guest at the local, er, facility. She's got a problem...

    17. 05-15-2012 11:23 AM #92
      82 in a 55 a few years back in VA. Cost me $250 for the lawyer, and $650 in fines/court costs. Reduced to improper operating or some such nonsense. Meh, water under the bridge.

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      05-15-2012 11:51 AM #93
      Quote Originally Posted by Sosl0w View Post
      There is a reason Fairfax County is one of the richest counties in the country.
      It couldn't be because we have the highest median income (well, second to Loudoun) or the highest property values.
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      05-15-2012 12:00 PM #94
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      It couldn't be because we have the highest median income (well, second to Loudoun) or the highest property values.
      Or that Fairfax is well within the top 10 counties in the nation for people holding advanced degrees. But yes, I think they're making more off taxes than speeding tickets.
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      05-15-2012 12:02 PM #95
      Quote Originally Posted by maloosheck View Post
      No wonder radar detectors are illegal in VA...
      Everything is illegal in Va.

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      05-15-2012 12:03 PM #96
      Quote Originally Posted by Xetabur View Post
      Everything is illegal in Va.
      Except guns. Walk down the street with a loaded 12 gauge slung around your neck.... no big deal. Drive 20 MPH over the speed limit.... jail time.

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      05-15-2012 12:11 PM #97
      Quote Originally Posted by Rockerchick View Post
      And this is why I set my cruise to no more than 9 over going through VA when we drive to Maryland. Not worth risking it. Does it add some time to the trip? Sure, but certainly not much. Rather would take longer to get to my destination than get some crazy ticket in VA.
      LOL wow I didn't ever think I would see anyone from NC complain about VA and speeding since you guys do 80 minimum on 95 or 85 as soon as you cross the border back into NC its like the start at the INDY 500 and the NC troopers are there waiting.

      Also by far the scariest moment I've had in court was when I got stopped on 95S in Nash County for doing 75 in a 70 heading back to Bragg and the judge was throwing people in jail for first time speeding offenses luckily the prosecutor reduced mine to just a fine and I didn't have to go before the judge. Seeing 16 and 17 year olds crying because they are being thrown in juvie or county lockup because of a speeding ticket is a very sobering experience. Havent been back to NC since.
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      05-15-2012 12:14 PM #98
      Quote Originally Posted by mhjett View Post
      Or that Fairfax is well within the top 10 counties in the nation for people holding advanced degrees. But yes, I think they're making more off taxes than speeding tickets.
      This and thats why im glad to live in Prince William we're Ninth in the nation for property value and education but have less taxes and the police are a hell of a lot nicer as well.
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      05-15-2012 12:25 PM #99
      Quote Originally Posted by djsheijkdfj View Post
      Except guns. Walk down the street with a loaded 12 gauge slung around your neck.... no big deal. Drive 20 MPH over the speed limit.... jail time.
      QFT

      also im gonna be meeting with some lawyers and see what I can do apparently my reckless charge is not very serious and they say they can prolly get it reduced or lessened but we will see......just hoping not to spend more than $1000 when everything is said and done but Im not holding my breath
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      05-15-2012 12:31 PM #100
      Quote Originally Posted by delrio View Post
      It was on the fairfax county parkway 2 lane divided and they love pulling people over there
      If you knew this then why were you speeding in a known traffic enforcement area?

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