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JBE68

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127 posts

35 months

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Saturday 22nd September 2012 quote quote all
I was stopped this evening @ 530pm by an un-marked black Mercedes A-Class when I exceeded the 50mph limit on the Kingston By-Pass just past the Hook Under Pass on the A3. He just said it was bad luck and smiled as he awarded me 3pts. Didn't ask for ID or my license saying that the car had video equipment that did it all automatically.

FatFrank

132 posts

31 months

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Saturday 22nd September 2012 quote quote all
JBE68 said:
I was stopped this evening @ 530pm by an un-marked black Mercedes A-Class when I exceeded the 50mph limit on the Kingston By-Pass just past the Hook Under Pass on the A3. He just said it was bad luck and smiled as he awarded me 3pts. Didn't ask for ID or my license saying that the car had video equipment that did it all automatically.
Not sure if it's unlucky or just a matter of time before you get caught in the UK. As time passess it seems more and more like a police state for the motorist. I was caught on a recent trip Back to the UK (in the dead of the night on a motorway) by some new fangled contraption called an "average speed camera". Not even sure George Orwell could have com up with that, BTW that's only a step away from fining you based on your mobile phone GPS signal.

And they say England is a free country.......

Edited by FatFrank on Sunday 23 September 17:06

BingoBob

1,094 posts

34 months

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Sunday 23rd September 2012 quote quote all
You think it's bad in the UK, try living in France. It's over-policed to the point of being ridiculous.

I have had several speeding tickets for being 1km/h over the limit. I even had one once for doing 114km/h in a 130km/h zone. The ticket said that the speed limit was 130km/h - I saw the car that flashed me and assumed it couldn't be for me. I had a chance to check the speed limit again a couple of months after paying the fine - it was indeed 130km/h. One way to generate revenue, I suppose.


DoubleSix

5,649 posts

63 months

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Sunday 23rd September 2012 quote quote all
The "you could just drive at the limit" brigade will be here any minute to state the bleeding obvious and tell you how many kittens you've endangered.

It's bloody annoying though, I'm up to 9 points for relatively minor infractions. So hard not to flip your lid at the guy in the front seat, doing a job he may be, but doing a worthwhile job he ain't!

Jockman

9,405 posts

47 months

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Sunday 23rd September 2012 quote quote all
Sooooo annoying but,hey, you'd think you would have been a bit more sensible with 6 points in the bag wink

I'm just back from Spain where the limit is slightly higher - not sure why the limits are different - but how much over were you?

No choice to go on a "Yeti" course at your local Hilton ?? smile
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FatFrank

132 posts

31 months

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Sunday 23rd September 2012 quote quote all
BingoBob said:
You think it's bad in the UK, try living in France....I have had several speeding tickets for being 1km/h over the limit.........
WTH! Absolutely ridiculous!............sounds like they can probably tell you're a Brit!


Edited by FatFrank on Sunday 23 September 21:17

matrignano

874 posts

97 months

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Sunday 23rd September 2012 quote quote all
BingoBob said:
I have had several speeding tickets for being 1km/h over the limit. I even had one once for doing 114km/h in a 130km/h zone. The ticket said that the speed limit was 130km/h - I saw the car that flashed me and assumed it couldn't be for me. I had a chance to check the speed limit again a couple of months after paying the fine - it was indeed 130km/h. One way to generate revenue, I suppose.
I'm sorry but why did you pay?

XXXAngelXXX

1,524 posts

115 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
God bless our *Autobahns* ! laughcool

yeti

10,319 posts

162 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
XXXAngelXXX said:
God bless our *Autobahns* ! laughcool
How do you tell if you're on one? Myself, a 550 and a 3200 were maxing our cars out in Germany and then all realised we didn't know if we were in a derestricted section or not...

Some hurried braking and shrugging followed rolleyes

bogie

10,235 posts

159 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
yeti said:
XXXAngelXXX said:
God bless our *Autobahns* ! laughcool
How do you tell if you're on one? Myself, a 550 and a 3200 were maxing our cars out in Germany and then all realised we didn't know if we were in a derestricted section or not...

Some hurried braking and shrugging followed rolleyes
read the signs smile

last time I was there with a group, in 2007 some kind policemen pulled us as we crossed the border into Germany, checked out the cars, gave some friendly "advice" re our driving and derestricted signs, then stayed with us until we reached them

...it was strange waving goodbye to policeman at 120mph + but most enjoyable experience being able to max out the car without worry smile *




  • then promptly realised after looking at fuel computer, if you cruise at 150mph it will take a lot longer to get to your destination than cruising at 100mph due to vastly decreased fuel refill intervals smile

yeti

10,319 posts

162 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
bogie said:
read the signs smile
Cool, didn't realise it was that easy. So there's a clearly marked 'AUTOBAHN - DERESTRICTED, NO SPEED LIMIT' sign in English at the start of every section is there..? wink

Good of das copper to do that for you, those Germans think of everything!

BingoBob

1,094 posts

34 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
matrignano said:
I'm sorry but why did you pay?
Because I assumed I was in the wrong. It was only a few months later when driving the same stretch of road that I had confirmation that it was indeed 130km/h.

Water under the bridge.

CraigVmax

12,218 posts

169 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
JBE68, had you turned off the a3 towards esher? was he stationary or following you? bad luck btw

JBE68

Original Poster:

127 posts

35 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
CraigVmax said:
JBE68, had you turned off the a3 towards esher? was he stationary or following you? bad luck btw
Correct and he was following me.

Jeremy

Ice27

795 posts

46 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
Just out of interest, by how much were you exceeding the 50mph limit?

ArnieVXR

1,491 posts

70 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
You could always try not speeding, you irresponsible fool. It would save fuel, thereby stopping global warming, which will lead to a rise in sea levels, flooding the vast areas of the world. People like you should be ashamed. Take a look at the bugs squashed on your front bumper. They might be alive if you'd been travelling at 4mph with a man in front of you carrying a red flag. Better still get a bicycle and keep fit at the same time. Maybe a hybrid bicycle with a solar panel too. I think we should empty the prisons of rapists and burglars (well those who get custodial sentences) to make room for lead-footers, such as yourself...

Tough luck mate frown

JBE68

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127 posts

35 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
Ice27 said:
Just out of interest, by how much were you exceeding the 50mph limit?
60-65mph. Wish I'd been in the Land Rover but I was intoxicated by the open road, 3rd gear and the noise so it was a fair cop. Apparently this section is a dangerous piece of road.

bogie

10,235 posts

159 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
yeti said:
bogie said:
read the signs smile
Cool, didn't realise it was that easy. So there's a clearly marked 'AUTOBAHN - DERESTRICTED, NO SPEED LIMIT' sign in English at the start of every section is there..? wink

Good of das copper to do that for you, those Germans think of everything!
Yep - its just a sign like our National Speed Limit sign ...when you see that, it really means "derestricted" smile ...not many repeaters though if you miss the first one ...but if Porsches are coming past you at 150mph + then generally its a safe bet wink

very efficient coppers ..they even took photos of us with our cars/plates ...apparently they had issues the week before with the Danish Ferrari club driving like loonies just after crossing the border LOL

they were ok when we explained we were not Danish and were not in a club or a Ferrari smile

George H

12,596 posts

51 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
JBE68 said:
Apparently this section is a dangerous piece of road.
Dangerous roads are usually the most fun though!

CraigVmax

12,218 posts

169 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
I assume he means dangerous plod wise as its pretty flat and straight.
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