# New Mexico drivers are psychotic

1. Jul 12, 2006

### franznietzsche

I have been given the bird for only driving a langorous 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.....in a zone with double speeding fines...during rush hour....in the slow lane......

Need i say more?

2. Jul 12, 2006

### larkspur

Watch out for the prairie dogs too!

3. Jul 12, 2006

### Pengwuino

You're in rush hour going 10mph over the speed limit? What kinda rush hour is this?

4. Jul 12, 2006

### mattmns

:rofl: Welcome to New Mexico Franz! Pengwuino we don't have rush hours like Cali

5. Jul 12, 2006

### wolram

How strict are the coppers out there, would they do you for going 10 mph
over the limit ? you have standard speeding fines but some places you have to pay double :surprised

6. Jul 13, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Double fine for speeding in construction zone in NY, NJ, CT - and second offense - loose one gets a suspended license.

7. Jul 13, 2006

### franznietzsche

In New Mexico they have these things called safety corridors, where the speeding fines are just doubled. No construction or anything. Just crazy lab drivers.

Actually, I just got ticketed yesterday :grumpy: . Coming out of Los Alamos you're driving down the side of this mesa on what has to be 10%+ grade, foot on the brake the whole way. I missed my exit off the highway, and so had to drive several miles before I could turn around. Going down the hill the speed limit suddenly drops from 55 to 40, and there's a cop waiting a quarter mile past the sign. I didn't slow down fast enough apparently I wasn't speeding before the 40 zone, I know that much). They just kinda camp out there catching a dozen or more lab commuters a day.

@Penguinwo: like I said, the drivers here are insane.

8. Jul 13, 2006

### Mech_Engineer

They're catching WAY more than 12 speeders a day. More like 12 an hour! While I was sitting getting the stupid ticket, I probably saw 5 other people get pulled over, and it was only about 15 minutes.

I got a ticket in the exact same place yesterday, for doing 52 in a 40. AND I WAS GOING SLOWER THAN EVERYONE ELSE. Total BS. They have some cop with a laser speed gun (I have a Radar detector, but the darn laser catches you before the detector even goes off!) and he just radios to one of his 10 buddies with a car description and speed, and they pull you over. They're going to be out there for like 3 more weeks too.

$190 because it was doubled in the B.S. "Safety Zone" too. 9. Jul 13, 2006 ### Cyrus Damn, 190 bucks outch. 10. Jul 13, 2006 ### chroot Staff Emeritus Hah,$190. Big friggin' deal. A *carpool lane violation* out here -- not even a moving violation -- has a minimum fine of $370. - Warren 11. Jul 13, 2006 ### Cyrus Yeah, carpool is 250 fine here. But that's carpool, I can understand. It says on the sign, 250 fine for HOV. 190 for speeding 52 in a 40 is excessive. I was going 70 in a 50 and only got 1 point and 80 bucks. 12. Jul 13, 2006 ### franznietzsche I was mostly pissed just because I only was in the 40 cause I missed the White Rock exit. And yeah you're right about it being more than 12 a day actually, there were three other people pulled over in a line right behind where I got stopped. Yeah the cop said 3 more weeks.$190? I believe he said mine was $110. Actually that is really cheap compared to speeding tickets back home. My first ticket (which I really deserved, I was driving way too fast) was$280. I'm really not concerned about the ticket as much as dealing with points on my license and insurance rates. Thats a much bigger problem. And I'm not from here, so I don't know what the options are (if there are any) and the officer was not exactly helpful, other than saying that I would have to 'work it out with a judge' which now means I have to head down to Santa Fe to figure this crap out. :grumpy: The joys of driving a red convertible.

13. Jul 13, 2006

### Pengwuino

I got a speeding ticket last year for going 55 in a 40mph zone. The speeds changed from 55 to 40 out of nowhere for seemingly no reason (except maybe because the university is there) and i was pulled over. It was bull though because the speed limit sign is at this one point on the road and i pulled onto the road a 1/2 block north of the sign and went north. Cop stopped me before another sign showing the speed limit even appeared so i had no idea the speed limit went from normal to dumbass.

14. Jul 13, 2006

### larkspur

When I drove a red convertible I was pulled over for things I could normally get away with in a regular car. In fact, I had never been pulled over before I got the red convertible and have not been pulled over since selling it. I only got one ticket though......I think most of them just wanted to check out the car.

15. Jul 13, 2006

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
Is that what a "safety corridor" is? I saw signs in NJ that never used to be there just marking certain parts of the road as safety corridors. No explanation, no nothing. I was wondering what that meant, and started thinking they were having problems with crime or something. How would anyone know that meant double fines for speeding? Not that I see the point...you can't speed on NJ roads anyway. At least in construction zones, they post signs that say double fines for speeding, and the same on the toll roads where they allow 65 mph speed limits with double fines if you drive over, though, in reality, you drive whatever speed the person riding your bumper wants you to drive.

I still find the speed limits amusing around here. On the interstate, the speed limit is 70...not many cars are able to drive 70 mph up a mountain...coming down the other side, on the other hand....well, I guess I average 70 mph.

When the speed limit abruptly drops by more than 10 mph with no obvious change in the road conditions (it doesn't get curvier, or busier, or nearer a lot of businesses or residences or schools or parks), I do usually hit the brakes pretty hard...that always smells like a speed trap to me.

16. Jul 13, 2006

### wolram

What is a carpool? over her it is when people share a car, fred may pick up tom and dick.

17. Jul 13, 2006

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
Same here. We have dedicated lanes on major highways that are only allowed to be used by those carpooling in order to encourage more people to do it. It's usually going much faster due to less cars in it, thus the incentive to pick up a few extra people to be able to avoid sitting in traffic. If you drive solo in that lane, you get a big fat ticket.

The "carpool" lanes are usually marked as "HOV" lanes, for High Occupancy Vehicle...people carpooling and buses.

18. Jul 13, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

And people have been caught using the carpool lanes with "blow up" dolls as passengers.

Does the law really stipulate that the other occupants being living, breathing, humans?

What if I wanted to carpool a bunch of fruitbats around?

19. Jul 13, 2006

### wolram

I think the transport of many fruit bats would be classed as (dogo) similar to cargo , so me thinks you would get a big fine.

20. Jul 14, 2006

### hypatia

I find if you avoid old men in big white cars wearing white hats, you'll be be just fine.