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Old 06-15-2009, 01:41 PM
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Talking What is the safer speed (above the speed limit :)..to avoid a ticket??

Hello everyone!!!!...


Sometimes I feel like I am not fully using the hp my car has.....I dont even realize when I cross the 70 mph speed from 40....

Recently bought and started to drive my car on decent Tampa roads....I am just wondering at what days/times you can least expect the cops??..............not necessarily about Tampa but in general

what do u guys think is a safer speed above the speed limit??.....and at what speed u got a ticket??......


My understanding is speed limit +or - 10 mph....

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Old 06-15-2009, 01:45 PM
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It just depends on where you are and what mood the cops are in. I drive at 6:30am so I can go a little bit faster than normal and be fine with it. Avoid rush hour times and speeding (both in the mornings and at nights). But you really shouldn't be speeding at all!
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Move at the speed of the traffic in the fastest lane. That's 20 over usually.
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Move at the speed of the traffic in the fastest lane. That's 20 over usually.
I sincerely hope you were joking LOL. In most states anything close to 25+ will fetch you a reckless driving charge
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I sincerely hope you were joking LOL. In most states anything close to 25+ will fetch you a reckless driving charge
LOL In Cali on the 70 mph freeways, 20+ would be doing 90. I'd think most CHPs would be pulling someone over for doing 90. Of course on our bimmer speedometers, that's really closer to 87 or 88, so he might get lucky and be written up for 85 only.

I set my CC on 81 or 82, so right about 78-79mph.
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I sincerely hope you were joking LOL. In most states anything close to 25+ will fetch you a reckless driving charge


Yeah.... I read that somewhere too...
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:05 PM
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I sincerely hope you were joking LOL. In most states anything close to 25+ will fetch you a reckless driving charge
Keep up with fast traffic in the left lane. When you find yourself in front, dial it back to about 10 over. If things back up behind you, pull to the right, let a few cars go (to break the way for you), and slip back in.

On a trip from Tampa around to Boca Raton, this method generally got me 80- 85 mph on the west coast, and around 90 - 95 on alligator alley. Make sure you don't lead the pack or trail the pack or go at those speeds alone.
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Interesting. If you felt you could do and sustain 95 mph, that's not bad at all.

It reminds me of the Rabbit driving method in Western Europe: find someone fast and run behind him.
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"What speed gets you a ticket" is so dependent on many factors, the largest being the municipality and jurisdiction. One of my tickets was in a god-awful county (Orange) in VA that thinks 67mph in a 55 rural zone with light traffic is ticket-worthy. And it is, because I was breaking the speed limit. But if you do 67 on the Washington beltway, people will make *rude gestures* at you for clogging up the road, and the police won't care because everyone is doing 75mph anyways.

Nevertheless, I tend to set my own speed limits based on a variety of factors, but similar to the idea in Germany. Here just my guideline for Southern states. (Slower in the North)

Rural highway: 130km/h (81mph). Certain sections I will allow "derestricted" at my own risk with the radar detector.
Rural road: 100km/h (62mph)
Urbanised local road: 60km/h (37mph)
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I sincerely hope you were joking LOL. In most states anything close to 25+ will fetch you a reckless driving charge
Not necessarily. Once again, depends on where you are doing your driving (though I will agree outside of major cities, 20 over may be pushing it). Around Chicagoland, where pretty much all speed limits are 55 unless you get really far out, 20 over is pretty easy, and it's not uncommon to find faster traffic moving along at 25 over (80 mph). I suppose the best answer is, it depends. Very hard to generalize, without knowing the specific area.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:36 PM
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I cruise at +8 over the limit if I have good visibility. Otherwise its with the flow or at limit. I dont speed in residential... ever. Granted the police rarely patrol residential.
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I'd say streets not more than 5 over.. and freeways not more than 10 over..

No one I know has gotten one for less than 10 on a freeway and same with the streets!
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:43 PM
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Interesting. If you felt you could do and sustain 95 mph, that's not bad at all.

It reminds me of the Rabbit driving method in Western Europe: find someone fast and run behind him.
I had my 84 year old mother in law in the back seat, and she never noticed a thing. My wife was half asleep, but she did say 'you were moving a bit back there, weren't you?'

Then again, I had just come back from my ED trip, and 535i is quite stable at speed, and still has plenty of ooomph.
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It's really a vague question, since it depends largely on where you live and what roads you use. If I go down Carnegie (35 mph speed limit) through central Cleveland, I can do 45 with no problems. If I go up Mayfield through Cleveland Heights, I had a ticket once going 27 mph in a 25 mph zone (not a school zone).

On the freeway (I-71) I've gotten a ticket going 71 mph, so I'd say 5 mph over the speed limit on the freeway is safe, any more and you're risking it here in NE Ohio.
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All my friends who got a ticket were driving over 15 mph speed limit.....i have a friend who recently got a ticket for driving +16.... (doing ~71 in 55 )....

from some shows in Tru tv.....that is called Cop show or something i dont remember....: (.....the cop gave ticket to the people driving at +16 or +17, 18....never seen anybody who got a ticket for driving over 10 mph....

I mostly do +7-9 in intercity.....and +15 on freeways....

I still kinda feel bad having a bimmer and driving at just +15...over speed limit in second lane from the right...while people with much smaller and old cars driving at +20-25...

Got to admit.....self control is damn difficult......
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There is no "safe" speed above the limit. That's why they call it a limit. Anything above and you takes your chances although 8 or less over will likely go unscathed...
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Very dependent upon the LEO in question.

I typically will not even look twice at a police car on the side of the road at 8 mph over.

However, my sister got ticketed on the way to my wedding for doing 56 in a 55 zone. Being a young blonde in a sports car may have had something to do with it.


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Interesting. If you felt you could do and sustain 95 mph, that's not bad at all.

It reminds me of the Rabbit driving method in Western Europe: find someone fast and run behind him.
I went from Naples to Boca via Alligator Alley in a Shelby. Traffic was moving at about 85 - 90 and I was getting passed by clapped out pickup trucks with donut spares on one wheel.

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I am not surprised. You wonder how "everyone else" is getting away with it.

A few years back, using the rabbit method, I was doing 110 in my 911 in Miami behind a Jaguar (the convertible model, forgot what's called). The cop driving opposite direction got me but not the Jaguar. He actually made a u-turn in the grass divider. The thought of stepping on it and taking the next exit crossed my mind at first, I must admit. But I quickly dismissed it: this isn't Italy or Spain after all....
So it doesn't always work. Now when I go over, I am careful not to sustain that speed for too long.

In France, about 14-15 years ago, I used to go from Paris to Dauville at 180 km/h (about 112 mph) quite often for most of the trip length. Worst that could happen was getting a ticket. Not anymore. Ah, good times....



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I had my 84 year old mother in law in the back seat, and she never noticed a thing. My wife was half asleep, but she did say 'you were moving a bit back there, weren't you?'

Then again, I had just come back from my ED trip, and 535i is quite stable at speed, and still has plenty of ooomph.

The problem on smaller cars (I have a 335i coupe) compared to yours if that at 90-95, you start noticing the engine. At 80-85, it's working at 2,500 rpm and it's fine but at 90-95 it starts to drown music playing or conversation so the passengers are aware you are up to something despite your best effort to distract them from the road/ speed.

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There is no "safe" speed above the limit. That's why they call it a limit. Anything above and you takes your chances although 8 or less over will likely go unscathed...

1/2 your age +10, but must be over 18.
Oh, we are talking about SPEED limits. Gotcha.

+1 to POL. Highly variable on conditions, locale, mood of the cop, etc. Higher speeds = greater probability of being pulled over. Dumbass multi-lane swerves without signaling, also greater chance. Being in a herd = probable greater safety. I have never heard of anybody in PA cited for less than 10 over, but I have a limited sample size FWIW.
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+5 at the most if you want to be safe and not get pulled over, at least that way here in MN. Anything more than that and most cops will pull you over if they catch you.
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I sincerely hope you were joking LOL. In most states anything close to 25+ will fetch you a reckless driving charge
In NH, 30 over nails you on secondary roads. On State/Interstate roads you can go 150 and not get it for reckless driving. Your ticket will choke a cow but it just goes down as speeding. Unless of course you endangered other drivers, but that's an add on and not a good one to get!
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You just made NH sound very attractive. No income tax and now this?
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I think another variable might be economic conditions. In Toronto, I've noticed what seems to be more radar traps and I'm wondering if the police are being pushed to bring in more revenue from tickets. If true, they will make a fortune, as everyone speeds here even though radar detectors are illegal.
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