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Old 06-11-2014, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Kendall County, TX
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Anyone have any experience with a motorcycle officer running radar on Military Dr W between 1604 and Ellison?

Wife was pulled over a few days back and cited for speeding (47 in a 35 mph zone). She says she couldn't have possibly been going as fast as the officer (moving: oncoming) says, because she had turned off a side-street, and was only going 33-35 mph.

What really caught my attention was what she said the motor officer was doing: swerving left and right in his lane as she crested the hill toward him. Not sure why he was doing a little NASCAR warm-up; maybe he was driving slow and was balancing the bike. This *may* have resulted in a panning effect on the radar reading.

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Old 06-11-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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I'm sure someone will chime in soon to say the police are exempt from the traffic laws, and can do whatever they please.
Best of luck fighting the ticket.
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Brentwood
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I'm sure someone will chime in soon to say the police are exempt from the traffic laws, and can do whatever they please.
Best of luck fighting the ticket.
I was about to post the exact same thing. That or, he was doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing according to the Penal Code - Section 24687.23416.
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:01 PM
 
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Anyone have any experience with a motorcycle officer running radar on Military Dr W between 1604 and Ellison?

Wife was pulled over a few days back and cited for speeding (47 in a 35 mph zone). She says she couldn't have possibly been going as fast as the officer (moving: oncoming) says, because she had turned off a side-street, and was only going 33-35 mph.

What really caught my attention was what she said the motor officer was doing: swerving left and right in his lane as she crested the hill toward him. Not sure why he was doing a little NASCAR warm-up; maybe he was driving slow and was balancing the bike. This *may* have resulted in a panning effect on the radar reading.

I haven't had any experience with the motorcycle cops but I have seen them do what you are stating in your last paragraph.
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:02 PM
 
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If she was able to do 33-35, why is it not possible she could be doing 10 miles an hour more? I'm not disputing her version of what happened, just that your logic doesn't sit well with me.
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Kendall County, TX
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If she was able to do 33-35, why is it not possible she could be doing 10 miles an hour more? I'm not disputing her version of what happened, just that your logic doesn't sit well with me.
Correction (I asked her today to make sure I remembered right): According to her, speedo showed 31 when her RD went off as she crested the hill going west-bound, after turning left from Seascape Dr. Cop said 46 mph. The crest of the hill is only about 500 feet from the intersection (see for yourself).

Did she accelerate harder than some people would have, sure. Do I believe that it is difficult to accelerate up to 46 before hitting that crest and that she wasn't going that fast, yes. Do I wonder how this thing will shake out in traffic court in two weeks. You bet.

And yes, she has an RD. It's called situation awarenss. Without it, she never would have known exactly when that cop microwaved her.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:54 PM
 
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I have seen one on Military Drive West and another cop in a Yukon? Anyway Im glad they are there people drive like idiots through there. If you are driving the posted speed limit there are no worries its a residential area.
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:05 PM
 
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Correction (I asked her today to make sure I remembered right): According to her, speedo showed 31 when her RD went off as she crested the hill going west-bound, after turning left from Seascape Dr. Cop said 46 mph. The crest of the hill is only about 500 feet from the intersection (see for yourself).

Did she accelerate harder than some people would have, sure. Do I believe that it is difficult to accelerate up to 46 before hitting that crest and that she wasn't going that fast, yes. Do I wonder how this thing will shake out in traffic court in two weeks. You bet.

And yes, she has an RD. It's called situation awarenss. Without it, she never would have known exactly when that cop microwaved her.
I have a radar detector too. I use it as a reminder. Know this though, they're not infallible and the detector going off doesn't necessarily mean that's when they got you.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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That guy lives and dies by his tickets on Military. I see him pulling people on over on Richland Hills (he caught them on Military) easily every day.

What sucks is that 35mph for most of Military is kind of slow. There is a lot of that stretch that 45 is plenty fast enough and safe enough.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:05 PM
 
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For what it is worth...

Motorcycle cops are pretty much traffic cops. That is what they do. They write people tickets.

It is almost universal that anyone with a radar detector will not get a warning. Many officers will make a notation for the court.
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