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Old 09-29-2010, 09:22 PM   #1
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Wreckless driving? Me?? No way!

I just have to vent about the terrible way I had to start my day. I had just gotten out of the shower, wet hair & a short robe on. There was suddenly a loud knock on the door. My husband & son were not up yet so I went to the bedroom window & peeked out. It was a law enforcement officer. I opened the door a crack & spoke to him. He identified himself as an officer from the local sherrif's dept & said he was looking for the driver of "that red Camaro over there" I said "that would be me". He went on to explain that an older gentelman had called & wanted to swear out a warrant for wreckless driving on me! He claimed I had passed him in a no passing zone in a wreckless manner. Had made a drawing & the officer showed it to me. He asked my side & I told him the guy was going very slow (well under 45 in a 55) and that I was in a passing zone with plenty of room but the guy sped up. I still made it easily in front of him just as the passing zone was ending. He said he would talk to the guy & try to talk him out of it. Half of a day of stress later & I learned the guy is not going to do it. Gee, I could have lost my job, car, house everything because some guy was mad I passed him, safely. That stinks. I learned anyone can claim anything & you end up in court. They have to proove you did it but still!
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:25 PM   #2
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I just have to vent about the terrible way I had to start my day. I had just gotten out of the shower, wet hair & a short robe on. There was suddenly a loud knock on the door. My husband & son were not up yet so I went to the bedroom window & peeked out. It was a law enforcement officer. I opened the door a crack & spoke to him. He identified himself as an officer from the local sherrif's dept & said he was looking for the driver of "that red Camaro over there" I said "that would be me". He went on to explain that an older gentelman had called & wanted to swear out a warrant for wreckless driving on me! He claimed I had passed him in a no passing zone in a wreckless manner. Had made a drawing & the officer showed it to me. He asked my side & I told him the guy was going very slow (well under 45 in a 55) and that I was in a passing zone with plenty of room but the guy sped up. I still made it easily in front of him just as the passing zone was ending. He said he would talk to the guy & try to talk him out of it. Half of a day of stress later & I learned the guy is not going to do it. Gee, I could have lost my job, car, house everything because some guy was mad I passed him, safely. That stinks. I learned anyone can claim anything & you end up in court. They have to proove you did it but still!
I would be hunting that guy down and making him pay. What an A-hole.
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:27 PM   #3
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:28 PM   #4
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as much bull**** as that is, unless he gots a video, or a streetlight recording of you actually doing it, its your word against another civilian's.

I booked past a row of cars merging into their lane while going the speed limit because they were stopped and i was not. obviously i pissed off the woman and her family in the car behind me, she caught up to take a picture of my license plate, i was like what are you trying to do lady?

I was going the speed limit, used my blinker where a lane was ending and merged into your lane. i think its just cause these cars sound more aggressive as well as look it, you shouldnt have anything to worry about except waisting your time.
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:30 PM   #5
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That bs does he have it on video or a waitness and 2 if he was going 45 n a 55 then he should be the 1 who gets fined I hate it when ppl do that
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:44 PM   #6
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In talking with some highway patrol officers here in Montana that I know, they have to get credible witnesses, at least three of called in reckless driving before they will act on it. UNLESS, the complaint is drunk driving. Now I am not sure of this is Law but its what they said they go by.

They have said its amazing how many pissed off EX's see their old flame out with another person and call them in just to get them picked up and ruin their day (or night).

Its crap but at least up here, the cops have some common sense, well some of them!!!

Sorry to hear about your stress, I believe you get what you deserve in life, he will get his comins, one way or another!!! Probably get rear ended by a cement truck going 35 on the freeway!!!
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:49 PM   #7
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In NC, if you call in they get an officer to follow that vehicle as any kind of vehicular violation can not be ticketed without an actual officer witnessing the event.
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Same in FL...an officer must witness a civil moving violation...witness testimony can be heard in a jury trial, but a citation cannot be issued...

My guess is the officer was NOT trying to be a jerk to you, but only trying to keep a positive rapport with the community and do his part to investigate a complaint...that is all. Don't read to much into it...no one is taking your car from something some A-hole witness who is not credible and was the ONLY person to complain.
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I just have to vent about the terrible way I had to start my day. I had just gotten out of the shower, wet hair & a short robe on. There was suddenly a loud knock on the door. My husband & son were not up yet so I went to the bedroom window & peeked out. It was a law enforcement officer. I opened the door a crack & spoke to him. He identified himself as an officer from the local sherrif's dept & said he was looking for the driver of "that red Camaro over there" I said "that would be me". He went on to explain that an older gentelman had called & wanted to swear out a warrant for wreckless driving on me! He claimed I had passed him in a no passing zone in a wreckless manner. Had made a drawing & the officer showed it to me. He asked my side & I told him the guy was going very slow (well under 45 in a 55) and that I was in a passing zone with plenty of room but the guy sped up. I still made it easily in front of him just as the passing zone was ending. He said he would talk to the guy & try to talk him out of it. Half of a day of stress later & I learned the guy is not going to do it. Gee, I could have lost my job, car, house everything because some guy was mad I passed him, safely. That stinks. I learned anyone can claim anything & you end up in court. They have to proove you did it but still!
Well he have no prove that you did it tho, did the old guy even have your license plate?
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:12 PM   #11
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Gee, I could have lost my job, car, house everything because some guy was mad I passed him, safely. That stinks. I learned anyone can claim anything & you end up in court. They have to proove you did it but still!
Um are we being a bit dramatic here? You may have lost some cash for fines if he had video and it showed he was right vs you but your job, car, house? You would have had to run down somebody or run him off the road and killed him.

I understand the frustration you had though. I live in a tourist area and get caught behind people doing 15 in a 30 as they look at the scenery and it is all no passing.
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:17 PM   #13
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He's probably just jealous, what kind of car was he driving? Probably worked all his life and can't reach the pinnacle of automotive ownership you have. Or he's a Mustang fan. Either way he's a LOSER!
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Um are we being a bit dramatic here? You may have lost some cash for fines if he had video and it showed he was right vs you but your job, car, house? You would have had to run down somebody or run him off the road and killed him.

I understand the frustration you had though. I live in a tourist area and get caught behind people doing 15 in a 30 as they look at the scenery and it is all no passing.
No, I literally would have lost my job. I have to have an "F" endorcement lisence because though we rarely do, we may have to transport clients. We are only allowed so many points on our lisence then we are fired. I am only 9 years from retirement. Most folks in my field now are lisenced; but I would have to get another master's degree to be lisenced. I have 25 years invested in this career. Could never get a job making nearly as much $ if I lost this job plus at my age? Could not make my car or house payments. This scared the life out of me!!!
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:21 PM   #15
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He's probably just jealous, what kind of car was he driving? Probably worked all his life and can't reach the pinnacle of automotive ownership you have. Or he's a Mustang fan. Either way he's a LOSER!
Older guy in a beat up pick up, "farmer brown" type. Claimed I scared him. Little timid driver me?
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Well he have no prove that you did it tho, did the old guy even have your license plate?
Yeah, that is how they found me.
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In NC, if you call in they get an officer to follow that vehicle as any kind of vehicular violation can not be ticketed without an actual officer witnessing the event.

Apparently not here in good ol' Tennessee. I talked to 2 officers from neighboring county sheriffs depts. Both said he could have filed a police report, sworn out the warrant & the officer would have issued a citation. He would have had to "prove" it in court, my word against his. But I do live in a very rural county with a pretty deep good ol' boy network, so it could have come down to who he knows.
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Good lord only in Tennessee haha. This old fart is representing our state well huh!
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I can certainly understand your surprise -

...but when you think about it - what the officer did was not a bad thing....

There are many people I see each day going to and from work (and other places) that need to have a copy tell them what they're doing wrong.

(a stop sign means STOP!)

(the law in michigan and pennsylvania is 'keep right - left for passing"

(The crosswalk is NOT where your car should be stopped - it's there for pedestrians - NOT your front bumper - or your hood - or your trunk, for that matter)

The only way to make people pay attention sometimes is to call their attention to bad behavior.

(....and I'm not saying what you did was bad behavior - there are way too many people who want to speed up when you go to pass them...)
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(a stop sign means STOP!)

(the law in michigan and pennsylvania is 'keep right - left for passing"

(The crosswalk is NOT where your car should be stopped - it's there for pedestrians - NOT your front bumper - or your hood - or your trunk, for that matter)


The crosswalk is my favorite...if I only had a dollar for every person that stopped in one.....
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Its like those damn red light cameras we have too. I got caught in the middle of an intersection because I suddenly realized a cop was coming through with blue lights flashing. Well the light turned red and FLASH FLASH FLASH off went the cameras taking a picture of my license plate! Thankfully I got out of that one!
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I guess this is guy is retired with too much time on his hand.
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In NC, if you call in they get an officer to follow that vehicle as any kind of vehicular violation can not be ticketed without an actual officer witnessing the event.

same in Iowa
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Sorry to hear about the discord, and many employers and forms of employment require a clean driving as well general arrest records, including ones related to traffic statute violations which might lead to being arrested.

Though I'm not suggesting you retaliate against the Sunday driver who pulled a quicky in an obvious attempt to use Law Enforcement to establish his authority over your movements on the hwy, by harassing and embarassing you for passing him, they're equally effective means available to you if you ever have to deal with this person or anyone like him who believes they have a tool to "Get Ya"...............Gett'em back by swearing out your own counter complaint. The enclosed event surrounds an entirely different scenario...............but the Tennessee Statute mentioned is still applicable no matter.



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The prosecution argued the traffic stop was legal because of a violation of Tennessee code, which states “no person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.”
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“The Legislature’s use of the phrase ‘slow speed’ indicates that the statute’s scope is much more broad,” the decision stated. “Had the Legislature intended for a violation to occur only when an automobile was completely stopped in the roadway or caused other automobiles to stop, it would have said so.”



http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2...-too-slow-cas/
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