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David Beck
January 11th, 2005, 05:37 PM
FYI
Returning home last Sunday from a BMW SMR (saw a lot y’all at the Navasota X on-X off), I went past an accident site on 244, HD rider ran off the road. I assume full of beer from the Yankee Tavern, not at all unusual, after all it was an HD rider and their rides are from one to the next Ice-House. But what I wanted to bring to your attention is the number of LEO’s responding. It seemed only minutes and two DPS and two Grimes Co Deputies were “On-Site”. Four yes 4 in minutes.

Please be aware, that area is over run with LEO’s .

During the past 15 – 16 months I have paid in excess of $ 2,000.00 in court costs, traffic fines, driver education and Deferred Adjudication, is it me or is Texas just out of control with LEO’s? I ride Arkansas (even harder than here at home) N. Carolina, Georgia and have not been written a driver’s reward in other states. It’s to the point now that I will need to do what I did when I was kid, that was "go south" to Old Mexico (to get a beer and never mind what else) now it is "go north" to Arkansas to get an “un hassled” MC ride.

Please, this is nothing PERSONNEL about LEO's, just the extent of effort they are ptting in.

VFRacer-R
January 11th, 2005, 06:21 PM
Originally posted by Deferred Adjudication , Please:

During the past 15 – 16 months I have paid in excess of $ 2,000.00 in court costs, traffic fines, driver education and Deferred Adjudication, is it me or is Texas just out of control with LEO’s? Please, this is nothing PERSONNEL about LEO's, just the extent of effort they are ptting in. Wow. I haven't had a ticket in about 4 years (knocking on wood).

If you are getting pulled over this much, maybe you should look at yourself instead of asking what is wrong with our State.

Not trying to slam you, but even when I was "hooliganing around" daily riding a MC for all transportation, as well as cruising Westheimer and running back roads, I didn't get pulled over that much. And trust me, I thought I was pulled over way too much then!

Again, don't take this the wrong way, but I can only think of a very, very small handful of times when I was pulled over and WASN'T doing something wrong, or had just got done doing something wrong...

Schreck
January 11th, 2005, 09:29 PM
Luck of the Irish, I guess...Anyway Mr. Deferred I see your point. Time and place are always something to keep in mind the next time you decide to ride certain locations. I've spent my fair share in the court systems as well but I can't complain. Texas has some great roads and to me I'll gladly pay the fine if caught. If found guilty with our court system. The problem is just plain getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong speed. The more you ride the more chances you have for getting caught. I can recommend you buying the Escort X50 or the Valentine 1 radar detectors. Good luck! :D

Pete
January 11th, 2005, 09:36 PM
Yeah they can make it suck at times, seems to come in spurts for a few months then die down again. Actually I was thinking that it has died down a bit but I guess it depends on the route you travel. If you really want to see the definition of a popo infestation hop on 59 north and drive to Texarcana. My God! :eek: I'm surprised those people in those little towns don't have brain cancer from all the radar they are bombarded with.

Best advice is to get a quality radar detector (Escort 8500 or V1) and if that fails use a traffic lawyer. Or if you have the means move to Arkansas. :D Its also cool to post up traps to so others can be aware.

VFRacer-R
January 11th, 2005, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by Pete Strezo:
My God! :eek: I'm surprised those people in those little towns don't have brain cancer from all the radar they are bombarded with.
That is some funny sh#t! :rofl:

The Big Spank Daddy
January 12th, 2005, 09:46 PM
It was nice seeing you again in Navasota. Since my last ticket (3 years ago) I got an Escort. It has saved me countless times. Will a radar detector save you in every encounter? NO. But it does give you a heads up if you learn to "listen" to it and heed its warning.

Whenever mine goes off on K or KA I always slow down and my LEO alert level goes way up. I will usually play it cool until I'm certain the coast is clear. On X my Leo alert goes up and I start looking for those portable speed warning things.

There is no defense against "instant on". If the detector is getting intermitant signals, that is typicaly a clue that "instant on" is being used in your general area. SLOW DOWN and play it cool until the coast is clear. A good tip is to make sure there is always a vehicle in front of you (1/4 mile or so) that the officer hits before you.

Again, there is no defense for laser. By the time the detector picks it up your caught. If you suspect laser in your area, use another vehicle to "shield" you. Laser is totaly "line of sight" and can only be used while staionary.

Near my house the Sherrif has been using laser fairly regular on Barker Cypress near West rd for the past month or so. Armed with this knowledge and knowing the places where they sit allows me to place my smaller vehicle in a particular part of the lane where they cannot "see" me. I also make sure there is at least one "fast" guy several hundred yards in front of me. There is always some pick-up driving Redneck out there with a hard-on for bikes with something to prove and will do almost anything to keep in front of you.

For the most part though, I've been doing what I can to maintain a low profile.

1) I always come to a complete stop at stop signs and right on red situations.
2) Keep my tags, inspection and ins current.
3) I always slow down (25 below the limit per the new law) or move one lane over when emergency vehicles are on the road.
3) I don't "stunt" or race my engine at traffic lights.
4) I always use my turn signals.

I try and do a lot of little basic things so as not to "give" them a reason to pull me over. I've been pulled over several times in the past 3 years but never ticketed. They just checked my info and let me go.

Oh, you might also try driving the speed limit on occasion when that little voice in the back of your head speaks up. Intuition has saved way more times than any radar detector.