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  • 'You've got to be kidding me': Maryland woman gets a ticket

    I've had to alter the title. The full title said gets a ticket for doing 63 on a 65. Really, she got a ticket for driving slow in a left lane.  Also am putting a youtube vid link too of one cops way of dealing with a slow in the left lane driver. Thought it was pretty amusing.

     

    'You've got to be kidding me': Maryland woman gets a ticket

    A Maryland woman was shocked after she received a traffic ticket on Interstate 95


  • #2
    I had a similar experience a few years back. I'm not sure what Md law says, but here in WA the law says, "When you're in a slow moving vehicle....." I was actually doing a coupla ticks above the speed limit. So this case hinges on that. If the wind was gusting to 40 mph, and she was going 63, it would be an easy ticket to beat. I also don't think any method of checking a vehicle's speed is accurate enough to determine 2 stinkin' mph.
    It's 4am woman make up your mind. EITHER SPIT IT OUT OR SWALLOW IT!!!

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    • Minning Around
      Minning Around commented
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      Slow drivers are an underrated danger on the roads. You should be going the speed limit to around 5% over the speed limit and if you're holding up traffic then move over.

      And use your mother %^#$ing signals!


    • Sonar
      Sonar commented
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      The woman actually describes her violation of Maryland Traffic Law quite well in the article.

       

      She TOLD us of heavy winds that constituted existing conditions that reasonably required a speed below that of the applicable maximum.

       

      And, as such, she was required by Maryland Law (2010 Maryland Code, Title 21, Subtitle 3, Section 21-301) to have "...driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway."

      This excludes preparing for a lawful left turn or overtaking and passing another vehicle going in the same direction....of which, neither appear to apply in her case.

       

      You can find her violation under the heading "Special Rule for Slow-Moving Traffic"

       

      Cop made a good and lawful call under Maryland Statute.


    • testuser
      testuser commented
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      Belva wrote:
      I had a similar experience a few years back. I'm not sure what Md law says, but here in WA the law says, "When you're in a slow moving vehicle....." I was actually doing a coupla ticks above the speed limit. So this case hinges on that. If the wind was gusting to 40 mph, and she was going 63, it would be an easy ticket to beat. I also don't think any method of checking a vehicle's speed is accurate enough to determine 2 stinkin' mph.

      "Slow" is a relative term. It means others are going faster than you - or are trying to but you are blocking them. These laws are not about speed, per se. They are about relative speed.


  • #3
    A woman defending a bad woman driver.


    Go figure.
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    “True unalienable rights do not require one to trample other unalienable rights.”
    ―J.S.B. Morse

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    • moonlightin
      moonlightin commented
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      quickie1 wrote:
      A woman defending a bad woman driver.


      Go figure.

      Say what? Where? If you are saying I am defending her then, allow me to dispel that notion now: I think she darn well deserved that ticket! It is annoying to have people drive in the far left lane when they aren't passing (or when they go slow).


    • Davo17
      Davo17 commented
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      quickie1 wrote:
      A woman defending a bad woman driver.


      Go figure.


  • #4
    I'm happy to hear of a cop doing her/his job. With enough publicity, maybe those who impede the flow of traffic will get the **************** out if the way.
    Stumblin' thru da ghost town.....

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    • #5

       

      She needed to be ticketed. I drive every day on 95 between Baltimore and DC during rush hour and people sandbagging in the left lane cause backups, delays , accidents and road rage incidents every day. The cruising speed in the left lane is usually at least 75 mph until someone like her jumps into the lane and forces people to slam on their brakes..

       


      moonlightin wrote:

      I've had to alter the title. The full title said gets a ticket for doing 63 on a 65. Really, she got a ticket for driving slow in a left lane.  Also am putting a youtube vid link too of one cops way of dealing with a slow in the left lane driver. Thought it was pretty amusing.

       

      'You've got to be kidding me': Maryland woman gets a ticket

      A Maryland woman was shocked after she received a traffic ticket on Interstate 95

      Non fui. Fui. Non sum. Non curo.

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      • Rudolf von Hagenwil
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        when a police car would follow me like that, 1-2 yards behind me,

        I would see something dangerous on the street and put my foot full on the break.

         

         


    • #6

      moonlightin wrote:

      The driver has filed a complaint with Maryland State Police and plans to fight the ticket.

      While police said they can

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      • #7

        moonlightin wrote:

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        • #8

          No brainer.  Posted speed limit is a maximum speed limit.  Nothing in state laws prohibiting driving under the maximum speed limit as long as the driving is not so slow as to endanger other drivers.

          More than likely the cop wanted to meet the woman and ask her for a date.  When she declined, he gave her a ticket.

          Before the pro-cop contingent jumps on this, I have a really cute cousin.  Anita is stopped by the police all the time and asked for a date.  Since she is married to a Hells Angel, you can imagine what her response is: not only no, but Hell no.

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          • coyote-1
            coyote-1 commented
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            normh wrote:

            No brainer.  Posted speed limit is a maximum speed limit.  Nothing in state laws prohibiting driving under the maximum speed limit as long as the driving is not so slow as to endanger other drivers.

            Nope. There are many highways with minimum limits, for good reason. And if you are in the left lane, you are technically not allowed to be holding back the flow of traffic there. If you are doing the same rate as, or slower than, the next rightmost lane, you are obligated to move over to the right.

             

            That's why I like driving in Europe so much. Higher speeds, facilitated by clear signage. Here, there are occasionally signs saying slower traffic ought keep right. There, it's posted clearly and frequently on every multi-lane highway. There, you pass the car you're passing and then move to the right. The way it oughta be.


          • Belva
            Belva commented
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            normh wrote:

            No brainer.  Posted speed limit is a maximum speed limit.  Nothing in state laws prohibiting driving under the maximum speed limit as long as the driving is not so slow as to endanger other drivers.

            More than likely the cop wanted to meet the woman and ask her for a date.  When she declined, he gave her a ticket.

            Before the pro-cop contingent jumps on this, I have a really cute cousin.  Anita is stopped by the police all the time and asked for a date.  Since she is married to a Hells Angel, you can imagine what her response is: not only no, but Hell no.


            Check again. Most states have laws pertaining to slow moving vehicles. And it varies from state to state. Go back and read, if you're capable. Md is very clear. If you're going 10 mph below the speed limit, you can be cited. I'm not sure, but obstructing traffic is most likely the violation.

            Wa state has this: If you're in a slow moving vehicle.....

            That's how I beat my obstructing traffic citation. The cop not only admitted that he didn't know the speed limit where I was cited, but he also didn't know how fast I was going. His argument was that I had 6 vehicles behind me. IIRC 4 is the limit where I should have pulled over. However, I was going at or slightly above the posted 60mph speed while towing the boat. No ****************ing way I was gonna pull over until I had enough room to do so and return to speed safely.

            But that 'when you're in a slow moving vehicle' thang was his undoing. No abiguity in this either. If you're going the speed limit or slightly above, you are NOT a 'slow moving vehicle'. This happened on a 2 lane and I knew there was a section of 4 lane 5 miles ahead. My plan was to move to the right lane at that point


          • testuser
            testuser commented
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            normh wrote:

            No brainer.  Posted speed limit is a maximum speed limit.  Nothing in state laws prohibiting driving under the maximum speed limit as long as the driving is not so slow as to endanger other drivers.


            Actually, that only addresses speed. In many (if not most) states, when driving in the passing lane you not only want to not speed, but if you are not actually passing cars you are breaking the law if you stay in that lane. In florida, if you are going 80 in a 70 and blocking traffic (that wants to go even faster) in the passing lane, you will be pulled over and ticketed for it. You'll probably get a speeding ticket too.


        • #9
          I just watched the video for the first time. There is no pulling over. He just got the car out of the passing lane and escorted it to the far right lane and then moved on. The video and the story don't match.

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          • moonlightin
            moonlightin commented
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            testuser wrote:
            I just watched the video for the first time. There is no pulling over. He just got the car out of the passing lane and escorted it to the far right lane and then moved on. The video and the story don't match.

            They're not meant to match. The story is of the female who got the ticket. The vid was just a fun little add on of a cop escorting someone to the right hand side where that driver belonged.


          • thankyou
            thankyou commented
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            testuser wrote:
            I just watched the video for the first time. There is no pulling over. He just got the car out of the passing lane and escorted it to the far right lane and then moved on. The video and the story don't match.

            I thought that was clear.  The video is from another source.  What law is the cop breaking?


        • #10

          Well, I watched the video and I was wrong about the cop wanting to meet the woman.

          However, look at the video, until the end the woman was more or less keeping up with the traffic flow and even passed a car in the middle lane.

          After the cop moved the woman into the right hand lane he went back to the left lane and took off at a higher rate of speed than the other cars.  The cop also tailgated the woman for a period of time.

          Probably a good call on the part of the cop.

          As far as laws, many states do not have laws requiring slow drivers to move to the right hand lane.  A source of no end of frustration to me here in Utah.

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          • testuser
            testuser commented
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            normh wrote:

            Well, I watched the video and I was wrong about the cop wanting to meet the woman.

            However, look at the video, until the end the woman was more or less keeping up with the traffic flow and even passed a car in the middle lane.

            After the cop moved the woman into the right hand lane he went back to the left lane and took off at a higher rate of speed than the other cars.  The cop also tailgated the woman for a period of time.

            Probably a good call on the part of the cop.

            As far as laws, many states do not have laws requiring slow drivers to move to the right hand lane.  A source of no end of frustration to me here in Utah.


            I think he was trying to get her to get out of the lane, and it took the blue lights to do so. And her response is immediate. It implies that the entire time he was on her butt she knew it and stuck in the lane. Interesting.


        • #11
          So there was a weather related reason she was driving 2 miles under?? 40 MPH winds can play havoc with control,The lady has a good case and should have it thrown out of court.

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          • moonlightin
            moonlightin commented
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            buckethead99 wrote:
            So there was a weather related reason she was driving 2 miles under?? 40 MPH winds can play havoc with control,The lady has a good case and should have it thrown out of court.

            It wasn't her speed that was the issue. It was that she was driving the wrong speed in the left lane. She should have been driving on the right hand side. In fact, you're always supposed to be driving on the right hand side unless you're going to pass someone.


          • thankyou
            thankyou commented
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            buckethead99 wrote:
            So there was a weather related reason she was driving 2 miles under?? 40 MPH winds can play havoc with control,The lady has a good case and should have it thrown out of court.

            I agree.  I wonder if the cop tailgated before stopping her.  Most driving safety courses I have taken advise that if you are being tailgated, do not speed up, but move over when possible.


          • Sonar
            Sonar commented
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            buckethead99 wrote:
            So there was a weather related reason she was driving 2 miles under?? 40 MPH winds can play havoc with control,The lady has a good case and should have it thrown out of court.

            Yes...the weather related conditions were an important part of her violation of law.

             

            The woman admits she recognized the dangerous weather related road conditions and decided to drive in the LEFT (or "fast" ) lane anyway.

            Maryland law prohibits this action and actually mandates that she move to a right hand land (unless passing another vehicle OR making a legal left-hand turn).

             

            The citation read, "Failure of driver, driving below speed limit, 63 in a 65, to keep right."

             

            Here's the law:

              "Special rule for slow-moving traffic.- On every roadway, except while overtaking and passing another vehicle going in the same direction or when preparing for a lawful left turn, any vehicle going 10 miles an hour or more below the applicable maximum speed limit or, if any existing conditions reasonably require a speed below that of the applicable maximum, at less than the normal speed of traffic under these conditions, shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. 

             

             

            She wasn't charged with "speeding" at all.


        • #12

          Louisiana passed a law a few years ago making the left lane a passing only lane on all multi lane highways.  You can be ticked for driving in the left lane unless you are passing another vehicle, However in typical Louisiana fashion they never bothered to display any signage nor is there any enforcement. 

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