Pulled over in virginia

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VA has been a giant speed trap for DECADES. This was a know issue back in the 70's to anyone that served at the myriad of military bases from Virginia on south, but would drive to the northeast to come home on leave or passes. An out-of-state plate and a military base sticker on your vehicle seemed to act as a neon sign to Virginia cops. As an MP, I had very frequent contact with the NCHP and the Onslow County Sheriff's Dept. Even they had nothing good to say about Virginia and it's speed traps.
Not much changed in the late 80s through early 2000s.
 

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Sounds just as bad as NC. I got nabbed once there on what I thought was a speeding ticket. This was pre-Internet, or at least pre-forums, so there was noplace I could go to find out the scoop. By the time I realized what kind of trouble I was in, I was already waiting in the back of the courtroom. Something about going fifteen over on a certain kind of road, leading to big-time fines and loss of my license for a year.

A local lawyer came to find me. Said he'd been shuffling through the docket and my case jumped out at him. He told me exactly what I had to do, precisely how much cash I needed to pay him, and told me to hurry. "There's an ATM in the basement of the courthouse just for people like you," he smiled.

The bad news: States down there have silly speeding laws.
The good news: a few hundo to the right lawyer makes everything go away.
 

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My daughter went to UVA and when we went down to visit her for the first time a hotel clerk told us that cops took a zero tolerance attitude towards out of state speeders. We would go through PA and down 81 and then back roads from Front Royal. Beautiful roads through the Shenandoah valley and i stuck to the posted limit because there are a million places for them to hide.
 

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VA has been a giant speed trap for DECADES. This was a know issue back in the 70's to anyone that served at the myriad of military bases from Virginia on south, but would drive to the northeast to come home on leave or passes. An out-of-state plate and a military base sticker on your vehicle seemed to act as a neon sign to Virginia cops. As an MP, I had very frequent contact with the NCHP and the Onslow County Sheriff's Dept. Even they had nothing good to say about Virginia and it's speed traps.
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Got about 2 miles of jurisdiction on 95. Little bastid local cop could barely reach up to take my license. Driving my buds F250 to Daytona for Bikeweek
 

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Had to get a lawyer for a speeding ticket in NY got it pleaded down to parking on highway non surcharge able $100 fine to NY lawyer fee was $300
Just a giant money racket
 

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watch what the cars with in state plates are doing for speed, if the locals are running pretty close to the speed limit, I assume they know something I don't about how tight the enforcement is and follow their lead.
I haven't driven much in Virginia, but I've been to Roanoke a few times.
The first week my buddy moved down there, he got a ticket for 29 in a 25 zone, one block from his new home.
"Welcome to Virginia, now bend over"
I flew down and got a rental car to go the Nascar races in Martinsville (the second trip we went to Bristol), my buddy warned me about the rabid traffic enforcement. Driving to Martinsvilles on 220, I was doing 60 and soon realized that I was passing everyone else, so I slowed down to 55 and blended in with the rest of them. It just felt so weird going so slow on a highway.
Just being there in Western Virginia was total culture shock.
Roanoke (in 1998) was the cleanest most antiseptic place I had ever seen, not a piece of litter, like a can, bottle, napkin or food wrapper was to be seen anywhere. It was scary clean.
 

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Again allegedly right since it's my truck and I sure as hell can tell if it was 90 mph via the rpm and noise.
0 tickets ever I think we have to lawyer up and try to get it reduced to infraction
First time, you will be fine... if you use a lawyer.
 

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My old college roommate was an FBI agent out of DC. He was responding to a bank robbery in Alexandria going lights and siren in the breakdown lane. A Virginia trooper pulled him over. My friend thought the trooper was going to give him an escort. The trooper asked for his license and registration and said he was speeding and travelling in the breakdown lane. My buddy told he was FBI and on his way to a call. He threw his business card out the window and took off. Never heard back from the trooper.
 

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Yup, I got nailed on 66 going to Dulles from Front Royal. I came over a rise and he had me dead to rights, 86 in a 65. He hit the lights, and I put my blinker n and pulled right over. He came up and asked me did I know why I was getting pulled over, said 86 in a 65 would be my guess and honestly,if you are going 75 in my own truck, you know it. This rental made it not feel like 86. He wrote me for 73 in a 65 for being honest.

Hey why try to bull shit him.
 

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Looks like OP found someone to work with. I always tell people to watch their speed down here. People be flyinnn' nowadays though, more than before coronas.

I usually don't go more than 5-10 mph over the posted speed limits in VA. When I do out of state road trips, I only go, at most, 5-8 mph over. Once I get to MA though... Welcome to the Autobahn! What speed limit? [laugh] Just follow the speed of traffic in the middle lane. I've never gotten pulled over or gotten a ticket before. Knock on wood.
 
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In my reckless youth, I picked up a couple performance awards (going slightly over 80mph both times). on I-81.

This was before the interwebs. No attorneys, paid my fines, moved along.
 

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In my reckless youth, I picked up a couple performance awards (going slightly over 80mph both times). on I-81.

This was before the interwebs. No attorneys, paid my fines, moved along.
Yeah - but we're talking specifically about Virginia here.

I already posted about my wife getting a ticket for doing 82 in a 70.

About 8 years ago I was running my middle son's car up from Georgia to Connecticut to give to his brother. In Viriginia, on the highway, I came under an overpass, saw a car pulled over a ways up, and I looked in my rear view mirror and saw the cop car on the on ramp, (now slightly behind me and on my right). I dropped two gears as fast as I could, didn't touch the brakes because I didn't want the lights flaring.

He pulled me over - and was pissed because he hadn't managed to get a radar reading on me.
"Do you know why I pulled you over?".
"No."
"You were speeding"
"I don't think so"
blah, blah, blah. NEVER ADMIT GUILT. If they've got proof, they've got proof. Don't hang yourself with your own tongue.

Ahole wrote me up for improper tint. On a car coming out of Georgia, legally registered. That belonged to my son.

It's revenue for the state, and some states are worse than others. Viriginia is notorious.
 

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Yeah - but we're talking specifically about Virginia here.

I already posted about my wife getting a ticket for doing 82 in a 70.

About 8 years ago I was running my middle son's car up from Georgia to Connecticut to give to his brother. In Viriginia, on the highway, I came under an overpass, saw a car pulled over a ways up, and I looked in my rear view mirror and saw the cop car on the on ramp, (now slightly behind me and on my right). I dropped two gears as fast as I could, didn't touch the brakes because I didn't want the lights flaring.

He pulled me over - and was pissed because he hadn't managed to get a radar reading on me.
"Do you know why I pulled you over?".
"No."
"You were speeding"
"I don't think so"
blah, blah, blah. NEVER ADMIT GUILT. If they've got proof, they've got proof. Don't hang yourself with your own tongue.

Ahole wrote me up for improper tint. On a car coming out of Georgia, legally registered. That belonged to my son.

It's revenue for the state, and some states are worse than others. Viriginia is notorious.
More people get jammed up by verbal diarrhea. The best advice my lawyer ever gave me was to let the opposition drag the words out of you.
 

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A co-workers daughter got bagged in either Virginia or the Carolina's, rather than fight it she sent in the payment, she then got a notification from the registry in MA that her license was being suspended for 60 days.
 

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Yeah - but we're talking specifically about Virginia here.

I already posted about my wife getting a ticket for doing 82 in a 70.
I know. I can read. Sorry I didn’t write “Virginia, me too!”

To burnish my “young and dumb” credibility -
I earned these performance awards when the speed limit was 55. Reckless driving kicked in at 30mph over.
 
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