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Old 11-02-2020, 02:35 PM   #57
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Quick68 He cannot be on both sides of the highway at the same time . . .
You've obviously never seen my ex-wife driving . . .
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Old 11-03-2020, 01:29 AM   #58
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I.... The DW was driving. ...
My DW wife does not have good night vision.

She and the kids joined me while I was on a business trip and I got caught in a speed trap on a country road in the rental car. I was still going 35 mph at the 25 mph sign before any of the few buildings of the tiny hamlet.

I was too angry to drive. The next time there was a 25 mph sign she was doing 15 mph. This town consisted of a grain elevator and abandoned gas station. She got pulled over because she was driving slow and therefore must be a drunk driver.

Modern day highway robbers wear uniforms and carry guns.

When living in California, I got pulled over coming home from second shift. The deputy sheriff was my neighbor. She told me that the local LEOs were afraid that my teenage son was destined for a body bag.

He was not happy with the choice of me driving him or the school bus. I got a call from him at work later that day. A friend drove off the mountain and was killed.

The next weekend we were going to visit my sister and saw an accident with two dead young men laying on the road.

He said he did not understand how it happened. I said 'I know and that is why I am driving. You will not be driving until you understand.'

So police play an important role in our community and we can make there job easier so they can focus on where it is needed more.
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Old 11-03-2020, 06:26 AM   #59
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So Iím minding my own business in the slow lane of I-80 doing 70 mph in a 75 mph zone somewhere between Omaha and Lincoln, NE. I see a trooper in the median and think nothing of it as my radar detector did not go off. About a mile down the road I see him in the center lane a little behind me. I say to myself ĎIs he going to pull me over?í and sure enough the lights go on!

I promptly pull over to the shoulder and roll down my passenger window, pull out my license and wait for his arrival.

Letís set the scenario: Florida plates, solo driver who admittedly looks very disheveled, going westbound away from the warmth of Florida, with a bike rack and single bike on the back, going slow and obeying all the laws.

As I have two sons who are police officers, Iím very supportive of the police and all thatís going through my head is ďI canít wait to tell my sons I got pulled overĒ!

The officer comes to the passenger window and is very polite as he lets me know that I got pulled over because the bike rack is Ďobstructingí my license plate. Hmmm, seems a stretch but Iíll of course cooperate.

I hand him my FL DL and ask him if I can take off my seat belt to search for my insurance and registration. While Iím frantically looking for the docs, I work into the conversation that my sons are officers who tell me to always have my docs handyÖ

Once I hand him the docs, he asks me to step outside the motorhome, asks me if I have any weapons (I had two pocket knives on me) and pats me down. When he asks me to sit in the front seat of the police car, Iím smiling from ear to ear telling him Iím a big fan of Live PD.

His questioning was telling as to its probable true meaning:
1. Can you step out of the RV? -> ďAre you able to get your fat butt out of that seat and exit without falling?Ē
2. Do you own the RV? -> ďYou look way too much like a bum to afford a nice RVĒ.
3. Is that your bike on the back? -> ďThere is no way youíre exercising regularly on that bikeĒ.

From the outside looking in, I admit my story is VERY dubious although it is absolutely true:

I left NJ on Tuesday night (itís now Thursday morning and Iím in NE already). NO I didnít leave from Florida. Iím driving to Ogallala, NE, meeting my son and then driving back to NJ. Iím meeting my son in the Wal-Mart parking lot. He moved to Cody, WY and Iím giving him his clothes and stuff from our NJ house. Yes, Iím doing a 3,000 mile round trip in 4 days.

I wonder if drug mules have similar stories??

Perhaps my situation was so far-fetched he had to believe it. He ran my license, handed me back all my docs and told me to stop at the next rest area to remove the bike rack. I offered to remove it right on the highway and he said no. I thanked him for his dedication to serving others and continued on with my crazy trip.

No harm, no foul. I thought it was interesting that with over 200,000 miles of RV travel, it was the first time I got pulled over!
I haven't read five pages of posts, so if I'm repeating someone else, so be it. Anyway, He could have just been using the blocked plate as probable cause to pull you over. Maybe they've seen increased drug trafficing up I-80, for instance.

I, for instance, got stopped for backing up on a public road in my pickup. I'd gone up my 1/8th mile drive, remembered something I intended to take with me, pulled out, backed up enough to pull back in, and the deputy was on me like white on rice. She kept me there for several minutes asking questions and running my license. I strongly suspect they were watching a house in the neighborhood for selling drugs, and I got tagged.
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"So Iím minding my own business in the slow lane of I-80 doing 70 mph in a 75 mph zone somewhere between Omaha and Lincoln, NE."

This is a well known corridor for trafficking of several kinds (drug and human) between Chicago and the west coast. The section of I-80 between Omaha and Lincoln NE is an unpublicized special enforcement area. Yes, LEO uses profiling and if you fit their profile, they will find a reason to get into your stuff. They know what they are looking for and they are very good at what they do.
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I was once chased by a state trooper at high speed for several miles. When I finally pulled over, he was upset and angry that I was trying to flee from him. I explained that my wife had left me for a trooper and I was afraid he was bringing her back....
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I was once chased by a state trooper at high speed for several miles. When I finally pulled over, he was upset and angry that I was trying to flee from him. I explained that my wife had left me for a trooper and I was afraid he was bringing her back....
Then there's the one with the punch line "I got here as fast as I could."
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"So Iím minding my own business in the slow lane of I-80 doing 70 mph in a 75 mph zone somewhere between Omaha and Lincoln, NE."

This is a well known corridor for trafficking of several kinds (drug and human) between Chicago and the west coast. The section of I-80 between Omaha and Lincoln NE is an unpublicized special enforcement area. Yes, LEO uses profiling and if you fit their profile, they will find a reason to get into your stuff. They know what they are looking for and they are very good at what they do.
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Yes, I bumped a toll booth safety mirror with my Monaco Dynasty in 1999. Little damage but the toll booth folks asked me to pull over.
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I was pulled over on 95 headed north in GA. A nice RV, Florida Tags, 48yo newly retired military...stopped for same thing. My bike blocked the license plate. Showed my fresh Retired Military ID and I could tell he relaxed. Im also pretty Tan from living in Hawaii so I figured...oh well.
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So Iím minding my own business in the slow lane of I-80 doing 70 mph in a 75 mph zone somewhere between Omaha and Lincoln, NE. I see a trooper in the median and think nothing of it as my radar detector did not go off. About a mile down the road I see him in the center lane a little behind me. I say to myself ĎIs he going to pull me over?í and sure enough the lights go on!

I promptly pull over to the shoulder and roll down my passenger window, pull out my license and wait for his arrival.

Letís set the scenario: Florida plates, solo driver who admittedly looks very disheveled, going westbound away from the warmth of Florida, with a bike rack and single bike on the back, going slow and obeying all the laws.

As I have two sons who are police officers, Iím very supportive of the police and all thatís going through my head is ďI canít wait to tell my sons I got pulled overĒ!

The officer comes to the passenger window and is very polite as he lets me know that I got pulled over because the bike rack is Ďobstructingí my license plate. Hmmm, seems a stretch but Iíll of course cooperate.

I hand him my FL DL and ask him if I can take off my seat belt to search for my insurance and registration. While Iím frantically looking for the docs, I work into the conversation that my sons are officers who tell me to always have my docs handyÖ

Once I hand him the docs, he asks me to step outside the motorhome, asks me if I have any weapons (I had two pocket knives on me) and pats me down. When he asks me to sit in the front seat of the police car, Iím smiling from ear to ear telling him Iím a big fan of Live PD.

His questioning was telling as to its probable true meaning:
1.Can you step out of the RV? -> ďAre you able to get your fat butt out of that seat and exit without falling?Ē
2.Do you own the RV? -> ďYou look way too much like a bum to afford a nice RVĒ.
3.Is that your bike on the back? -> ďThere is no way youíre exercising regularly on that bikeĒ.

From the outside looking in, I admit my story is VERY dubious although it is absolutely true:

I left NJ on Tuesday night (itís now Thursday morning and Iím in NE already). NO I didnít leave from Florida. Iím driving to Ogallala, NE, meeting my son and then driving back to NJ. Iím meeting my son in the Wal-Mart parking lot. He moved to Cody, WY and Iím giving him his clothes and stuff from our NJ house. Yes, Iím doing a 3,000 mile round trip in 4 days.

I wonder if drug mules have similar stories??

Perhaps my situation was so far-fetched he had to believe it. He ran my license, handed me back all my docs and told me to stop at the next rest area to remove the bike rack. I offered to remove it right on the highway and he said no. I thanked him for his dedication to serving others and continued on with my crazy trip.

No harm, no foul. I thought it was interesting that with over 200,000 miles of RV travel, it was the first time I got pulled over!
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Waldo, FL along Rt. 301 was notorious for it's speed trap and I drive through that area often.

Yep...he usually sits right behind the school sign. I always pass him at exactly 35!
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Yep...he usually sits right behind the school sign. I always pass him at exactly 35!
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[I].... They know what they are looking for and they are very good at what they do.
Their job is public safety on the highways not endangering the public.

I go pulled over in that corridor in an old Lincoln with west coast plates. I did not stop until I got off the interstate. When asked why, I stated signs said 'emergency stopping only'.

He asked to search my car. I asked him to see his tax filings. Told him he looked like a tax cheat to me. Told him where to serve the warrant.

Also told him that if I got woke up in the middle of the night I would spend my spare time from investigating problems at the local nuke investigating problems at the state police barracks.

Did notice while I was working in the areas the frequency of finding large sums of cash under the spare tire in cars passing through.
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Their job is public safety on the highways not endangering the public.

I go pulled over in that corridor in an old Lincoln with west coast plates. I did not stop until I got off the interstate. When asked why, I stated signs said 'emergency stopping only'.

He asked to search my car. I asked him to see his tax filings. Told him he looked like a tax cheat to me. Told him where to serve the warrant.

Also told him that if I got woke up in the middle of the night I would spend my spare time from investigating problems at the local nuke investigating problems at the state police barracks.

Did notice while I was working in the areas the frequency of finding large sums of cash under the spare tire in cars passing through.
I'm guessing you don't care for the Police?
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I'm guessing you don't care for the Police?
The feeling is probably mutual.

Having an attitude like that would likely lead to a lengthy delay and then cleanup in a state that doesn't require a search warrant. Imagine how many compartments they could go though and empty out. How many panels they could remove.

In other states it probably at a minimum would generate a ticket and a safety check.

Neither situation would be good with an RV and/or if on a trip away from home.

Even ignoring that, I have a general rule in favor of being nice to people who I know are armed.
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