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People who get speeding tickets are often guilty of more than simply driving faster than the posted limit. Their chief offense? It’s getting noticed in the first place. That’s the first domino to fall in the ugly chain of events that leads to a piece of “payin’ paper.”

Here are some common sense ways to run under a cop’s radar — literally

Drive within 5-10 mph of surrounding traffic. Cops are usually looking for drivers who are going noticeably faster than the other cars on the road. If you’re within a pack of cars all going 5 to 10 mph over the limit, you’ve automatically improved your odds of not being the one that gets pulled over for a speeding ticket, even though you’re all technically speeding. The cop has to pick one car; if you go with the flow of traffic, it probably won’t be you. And it definitely won’t be you if you don’t speed in the first place.

Try to stay in the middle of the pack. If you’re the lead car, logic says you’ll be the first car to run past any cop’s radar trap up ahead and get a speeding ticket. And if you’re the last car, you’ll be the one the police officer rolls up behind. That means the safest place is in the middle — just like a gazelle fleeing a hungry lion by seeking safety in the middle of the herd.police sign

Find a “rabbit.” If you can’t find a pack of cars going the speed you’d like to maintain, the next best thing is to find yourself a rabbit — a solitary driver traveling the speed you’d like to drive that you can follow discretely, about 50-100 yards back. If there’s a cop using radar, hopefully the rabbit will trip the trap and get a speeding ticket, not you. And if he brakes suddenly, you have just received your early warning in time to take defensive action.

Do not change lanes frequently, tailgate or otherwise drive aggressively. In addition to being rude and dangerous, you’re just asking for a trucker or someone with a cell phone to call the cops and give them a description of your vehicle and license plate number. Always use your signals and be courteous to fellow drivers. It’s safer, and it will help you fade into the background.

Avoid the fast lane. Use the far left lane to pass when necessary, but try to stay in the middle lanes when possible. Reason? If a cop is lurking in a cutout along the median strip (or coming at you from the opposite direction on a divided highway) the speeder in the far left lane is the one most likely to become the target. Drivers who get nailed with speeding tickets are often the type who rack it up to 10 or 15 over the limit and remain in the far left lane.

14 mph speed limit signWatch for cutouts and modulate your speed accordingly. On many highways, there are cutouts in the median strip every couple of miles. Usually, you can see these in plenty of time to slow down a little bit in case there’s a cop lurking behind the bushes ready to give you a speeding ticket.

Don’t speed when you are the only car on the road. If you ignore this warning it’s the equivalent of plastering a “ticket me!” bumper sticker on your vehicle. Even if you’re only doing five mph over the posted limit, if there’s a cop using radar, he’s got nothing to look at but you. Lonesome speeding is even more dangerous in small towns, where radar traps and aggressive enforcement by cops can be common. And never speed late at night. Drunk-driving patrols are heavy and cops are more inclined to pull you over for any offense in order to check you for signs of alcohol. Don’t give them a reason.

If it’s OK legally, get a radar detector. Yes, they’re expensive (good ones, anyhow). But a one-time hit of, say, $300 for a decent radar detector is cheaper than even a single big speeding ticket and the higher insurance costs that will come with it. Radar detectors are legal in most states and well worth the investment to avoid a speeding ticket.

slow down or die signAnd Finally:

If possible, drive a nondescript vehicle. It may not be fair, but it’s human nature to notice things that stand out from the crowd. Bright-colored cars, those with loud exhaust or other pimped-out enhancements are the cars more likely to draw a cop’s initial attention than ordinary-looking, family-type cars. Since the cop has to single out one car, which car do you suppose is the likely candidate for a speeding ticket? The bright yellow Mustang GT with 20-inch chrome rims? Or the silver Taurus?

If you do get pulled over while driving a fancy, high-profile car, your odds of getting a speeding ticket versus a warning have probably gone up. If you’re driving a fast-looking hot rod, the cop is going to assume you use it and deserve a ticket more than the guy in a family-looking ride whose plea that he “didn’t realize he was speeding, officer” comes off as more believable.

Be aware that appearances count. That is, your appearance. If your appearance says, “Responsible member of the community,” you’re apt to get a more friendly response than if you look and act like trouble.

The worst possible thing you can do is combine all the no-no’s listed above by driving a flashy car too fast, late at night when you’re the only car on the road while looking like you just robbed a bank.

If you do that, expect a speeding ticket. And expect no mercy.

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Bizarre Traffic Laws from Around the World

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England
·         If a steam locomotive is driven on roads, a man must walk in front of the vehicle with a red flag during the day and a red lantern at night to warn passers-by.
·         All steam locomotives are limited to 4mph on roads.
·         It is legal for a male to urinate in public, as long it is on the rear wheel of his motor vehicle and his right hand is on the vehicle.
.         Freemen (or women) of the city of London (Those who have had the honour of the freedom of the city bestowed upon them) have the right to heard their cattle over any of London’s bridges at any time)

Canada

New Brunswick Provincial Laws
·         Driving on the roads is not allowed.
 
Ontario Provincial Laws
·         The speed limit is 80 kph for cars, but bicyclists have the right of way.
Kanata

·         You can’t work on your car in the street.
Toronto
·         You can’t drag a dead horse down Yonge St. on a Sunday.
Quebec Provincial Laws
·         It is illegal to turn right on a red light at any time.
City Laws


Montréal
·         You may not wash your car in the street.
·         You may not park a car in such a way that it is blocking your own driveway.
·         “For Sale” signs are not permitted in the windows of moving vehicles.
·         Cars parked in public places must be locked, and their windows must be down to less than the width of a hand.
·         One’s rear license plate may not be protected by glass or plastic.
·         Citizens may not relieve themselves or spit on the street. Punishable by a fine of over 100 Canadian dollars.

 
Australia:
·         Taxi cabs are required to carry a bale of hay in the trunk.

Belgium:

A driver who needs to turn through oncoming traffic has the right of way unless he slows down or stops.

Beijing
·         Drivers of power-driven vehicles who stop at pedestrian crossings are liable to a fine of up to five yen, or a warning. -Article 40 of the Beijing Traffic Laws.

Denmark
·         Before starting your car you are required to check lights, brakes, steering and honk your horn. Try that at 4:00am!) You also need to make a visual check to make sure there are no children underneath the car.
·         If your vehicle stalls and you leave it on the side of the road, you must mark the vehicle with a red, reflecting triangle. This equipment is only mandatory when the car stalls, not at any other times, however.
·         If a horse drawn carriage is trying to pass a car and the horse becomes uneasy, the owner of the car is required to pull over and if necessary, cover the car.
·         No one may start a car while someone is underneath the vehicle.
·         Headlights must be on whenever a vehicle is being operated in order to distinguish it from parked cars.
·         When driving, you must have someone in front of your car with a flag to warn horse drawn carriages that a motorcar is coming.
Antibes
·         It is illegal to take photos of police officers or police vehicles, even if they are just in the background
Israel:
·         Bicycles may not ridden without a license.
Saudi Arabia:

A woman may not drive a car.

From Jiddah to Riyadh there are two highways: one for Muslims, another for “infidels”. If a Muslim is accompanied by an “infidel”, both are required to use the highway for infidels.

Singapore:
·         It is illegal to come within 50 meters of a pedestrian crossing the street.
Korea:

Traffic police are required to report all bribes that they receive from motorists.

Switzerland:
·         It is required that every car with snow tires has to have a sticker on its dashboard which tells that the driver should not drive faster than 160 km/h with these tires.
·         The highest speed allowed on national freeways is 120 km/h.
·         If you forget you car-keys inside the car and you leave the car open, you will be punished.

The Odd and Weird of Traffic Laws

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Alabama
·         It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
·         Brewerton: Use of motor boats forbidden on city streets.
Alaska
       ·         Fairbanks: No moose is allowed to have sex on city streets.
Arizona
·         Glendale: It is against the law for a car to back up.
Arkansas
·         Little Rock: Flirtation between the members of the opposite sex on the streets may result in a 30-day jail term….
California
·         Hollywood: It is illegal to drive more than 2000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard simultaneously.
Connecticut
·         You can be stopped by the police for biking over 65 miles per hour.
·         Devon: it is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset
·         Hartford: Crossing the street walking on your hands is not allowed.
Florida
·         An elephants tied to a parking meter must pay a regular parking fee.
Idaho
·         Idaho Falls: Forbidden for anyone over the age of eighty-eight to ride a motorcycle.
Illinois
·         Prohibited to drive a car without a steering wheel.
·         Evanston: Unlawful to change clothes in an automobile with the curtains drawn, except in case of fire.
Iowa
·         Marshalltown, horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants
Kentucky
·         “No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she be escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club.”
·         An amendment to the above law: “The provisions of this statute shall not apply to females weighing less than 90 pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds, nor shall it apply to female horses.”
·         Forbidden to appear on the streets of any town or village in bathing dress without police protection.
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Michigan
·         Detroit: Couples are not allowed to make love in an automobile unless the act takes place while the vehicle is parked on the couple’s own property.
Missouri
·         St. Louis: Illegal to sit on the curb of any city street and drink beer from a bucket.
Nebraska
·         A motorist approaching a horse at night must send up warning red rockets and Roman candles, throw a scenic tarpaulin over his car to conceal it from the horse, and take his machine apart and hide the parts in the grass it the tarpaulin doesn’t soothe the horse.
Nevada
·         It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.
New Jersey
·         Liberty Corner: Any couple making out inside a vehicle, and accidentally sounding the horn during their lustful act, may be taken to jail.
New Mexico
·         Carlsbad: During lunch breaks no couple should engage in a sexual act while parked in their vehicle, unless their car has curtains.
New York
·         Albany: Disallowed to play golf in the streets.
North Carolina
·         Asheville: You can’t sneeze on the streets.
Ohio
·         Berea: Any animal that is out after dark must have a tail light.
·         Cleveland: Operating a motor vehicle while sitting in another person’s lap is forbidden.
·         Youngstown: Running out of gas is illegal.
Oklahoma
·         Clinton: Masturbating while watching two people having sex in a car is forbidden.
Pennsylvania
·         “Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue.”
·         Harrisburg: Illegal to have sex with a truck driver inside a toll booth.
Tennessee
·         It is illegal to drive a car while sleeping.
·         You can’t shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.
·         Memphis: Illegal for a woman to drive by herself; “a man must walk or run in front of the vehicle, waving a red flag in order to warn approaching pedestrians and motorists if the vehicle is going over 5 mph”.
Texas
·         When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.
Utah
·         Birds have the right of way on all highways.
Vermont
·         Rutland: Cars are forbidden from backfiring.
Washington
·         “It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town.”
·         Wilbur: Illegal to ride upon the streets on an ugly horse.