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Old 02-11-09, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ChuteTheMall View Post
How did he know you were a Yankee?
Don't know that he did when I was stopped although I was wearing my bright "MassBike" shirt.

After I gave him my address before he decided a ticket was in order. He processed my info via Mass, confirmed my car drivers license. 45 min.

It must have been important. I did hear of a bicycle related accident so maybe preventing more bike accidents was very, very high priority.
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Old 02-11-09, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by -=Łem in Pa=- View Post
I moved here from Vermont and it took almost two years to overcome the
culture shock and general meanness of this S.Fl society in general. Sad
thing is, with all the monetary woes FL has right now they have a never-
ending supply of revenue if they would ever decide to go after the worst
drivers on the east coast with any sincerity. 98% dont stop, use an
indicator or go the speed limit. This could be a gold mine for the state.

Hate to say it but Florida law states that when changing lanes it is a courtesy to use your indicators but a requirement when changing directions. But thats just the problem down here no body is courteous !
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Old 02-11-09, 11:59 PM
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hell thats cheap I got a 275.00 ticket for blowing a stop sign here in Portland Oregon.
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Old 02-12-09, 02:16 PM
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I don't know what the fine is a if a police officer catches you, but here the fine for a red light camera-detected violation is $50.00. Which is why I'm surprised by the fine amounts you all are discussing.
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I'm more concerned about the demand for a photo ID. I don't carry a photo ID when I cycle (and don't indend to start) and would have refused to be fingerprinted for a bicycle traffic stop. You got the ticket because you used up 45 minutes of his time.
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Old 02-12-09, 09:24 PM
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The police didn't say I violated the law by not having a photo ID. He asked several times if I had a FL license or ever had one. He likely was annoyed the process requires him to check with police in my home state to see if my facts were correct.

Towards the end of the event the policeman seemed to calm a bit, thanked me for my cooperation and advised several times I should carry an ID so I wouldn't be "a John Doe" if I got hit. I do have my name and address with my all my bikes but not a photo ID.
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Old 02-12-09, 09:33 PM
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I'm more concerned about the demand for a photo ID. I don't carry a photo ID when I cycle (and don't indend to start) and would have refused to be fingerprinted for a bicycle traffic stop. You got the ticket because you used up 45 minutes of his time.
HenryL, I thought about not complying with a thumb print but was calm and cooperative (aka speechless) in part because he seemed pretty worked up. He did state if I didn't agree to a print he would take me to the station, again incredibly aggressive. I watch too much TV; I thought threatening to take criminals in was reserved for pushers and punks. I must be looking more macho than I thought. Yeah, I'm bad!
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Old 02-16-09, 06:40 PM
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Guy was a jerk. Don't pay the ticket. Get a traffic defense lawyer. It's like $79.

Florida drivers are bad, but the vast majority stop for lights. It's not that bad and I ride from Miami to Boca all the time.
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Old 02-16-09, 07:29 PM
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Up in Ponte Vedra Beach I got pulled over by an officer for coming to a full stop at a stop sign but not placing a foot on the ground. He didn't give me a ticket just a "warning".
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Old 02-16-09, 07:37 PM
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My Red Light Ticket = $700.00 ... !!!

Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
You have been fined $216 for running a red light on a bicycle?
My red light ticket (driving my van) cost me around $700.00!! I had to take two days off work, and go to a class to get the ticket off my record. I've quit driving now for good. But still need to be careful ....
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Old 02-17-09, 12:57 AM
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...that in addition to the fine there were points involved.
You might want to double-check your facts on that for the state of FL.

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Old 02-17-09, 06:21 AM
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I know you weren't playing ID games, but some on this forum advocate not carrying ID thinking that it will magically get them out of tickets. Actually, as this post shows, not having ID can make your life a lot worse.
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Old 02-17-09, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by sherbornpeddler View Post
Affects my Mass insurance big time.
I don't think it does. The ticket should indicate that it was a bicycle infraction. It's spelled out in the recently passed Mass bike law that bike traffic infractions don't affect your automobile insurance.

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Old 02-17-09, 08:33 AM
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Why did you stop?
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Originally Posted by HenryL View Post
I'm more concerned about the demand for a photo ID. I don't carry a photo ID when I cycle (and don't indend to start) and would have refused to be fingerprinted for a bicycle traffic stop. You got the ticket because you used up 45 minutes of his time.
What's the weight penalty for a plastic card? weenie. I always carry ID just in case. that way you avoid getting finger printed when you break the law. And save about 40 of those minutes you spent with officer hard-on.

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Old 02-17-09, 11:37 AM
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Only $216? They cost over $300 here. (And with the budget crisis, they'll probably raise them again!)
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Old 02-17-09, 11:41 AM
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I only wish it was 1200 dollars instead of 200 dollars.

Law breakers get off far too easy in this country.
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Originally Posted by HenryL View Post
I'm more concerned about the demand for a photo ID. I don't carry a photo ID when I cycle (and don't indend to start) and would have refused to be fingerprinted for a bicycle traffic stop. You got the ticket because you used up 45 minutes of his time.
It's OK, the cops have a special place for people who've decided they don't need to provide ID on a traffic stop. They can get your information later, at this special place.
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Originally Posted by gosmsgo View Post
I only wish it was 1200 dollars instead of 200 dollars.

Law breakers get off far too easy in this country.
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It's OK, the cops have a special place for people who've decided they don't need to provide ID on a traffic stop. They can get your information later, at this special place.
How do you guys keep those starched, brown shirts from wrinkling while doing all that
goose stepping ?
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Old 02-17-09, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by -=Łem in Pa=- View Post
How do you guys keep those starched, brown shirts from wrinkling while doing all that
goose stepping ?


Get over yourself Che. The dude is giving out "advice" that will get people who don't know any better arrested.
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^^^ I dont see advice given anywhere....
A comment/opinion only.

In a place with one of the highest gang / dangerous-car-driver concentrations in the country,
the only crime I see committed here is the Cops prioritization process.
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Thus my use of quotations marks around "advice."

Nice example of Godwin's Law by the way...
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Nice example of Godwin's Law by the way...
Not really. This thread is only on it's second page. I think that's probably a three sigma low for a Hilter reference.

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Originally Posted by Speedo View Post
Not really. This thread is only on it's second page. I think that's probably a three sigma low for a Hilter reference.

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I think the threshold is a lot lower here at A&S.
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