• Jul 18, 2006



A man accused of driving at speeds up to 147 mph is about to get his day in court -- and many are looking at the case to challenge the freeway photo enforcement program in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Lawrence Pargo of Goodyear was supposedly running late for work and was caught by speeding cameras on Loop 101 going 102, 105, 128 and 147 mph between 5:47 and 6:20 a.m. The city of Scottsdale and its speeding camera vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems, both say that the readings were accurate; however, an unmodified Sonata is speed limited in accordance with federal regulations to 137 mph. If found guilty, Pargo could face jail time and get his license suspended.

Steve Spence, managing editor of Car and Driver magazine, said that the cameras were likely wrong -- the Hyundai Sonata, he said, topped out at 137 in a test drive for the magazine. And for those who think Pargo may have modified his Hyundai to reach speeds higher than intended, the car wasn't even his, it was a rental.

[Source: East Valley Tribune]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      ["2. what if it picked up speed going downhill?"]

      That's not necessarily plausible. It depends on whether the limiting factor of the car's top speed is drag or RPMs in top gear.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd love to know where I can get that photo so that I can make it my wallpaper. Anybody?
      • 8 Years Ago
      GO HYUNDAI!!!!

      WHOO WHOO!!!!

      Lawrence Pargo you twist that shit all up in Scottdale boy!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Perhaps he had a nice tail wind going... Or maybe he slipped into some sort of Korean wormhole! Or maybe Scottsdale needs to recalibrate their radars...
      • 8 Years Ago
      5:47~ 6:20am and he's late?
      Where was he going?
      I get up at 6:30 in the morning.
      • 8 Years Ago
      V rated tires are good for 240kph 149mph.
      What federal regulation requires cars not to go faster than 137mph is the article talking about (Is the federal government worryied about people outrunning the crown vic?). What about the Azera 141/140mph? on 225/60 16 H-rated according to www.hyundaiusa.com & www.hyundainews.com and 235/55 17 respectively.

      If Hyundai did put a governor for 137, Car and Driver would interpret the 137mph top speed as drag limited, unless they have enough space to test top speed on a flat stretch, and an inclined stretch to see if gravity will help top speed.
      It would be a bit funky having a top speed of 137mph un and down the same hill.

      Why did the rental car company sell him out?
      It is time for everyone to fight this crap. They are like the Bush admin. mentality, doing something criminal and illegal?(photo radar, tickets in the mail) changing the law to make it 'legal' doesn't un-make it a criminal act.

      I could see Scottsdale trying to extort money for driving fast, but where do they get off with reckless driving and endangerment bullspit, what if there was NO one on the road.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To answer someone's previous question, I live in Chandler just south of Scottsdale. There is only a 7.8-mile stretch of the Loop 101 Freeway that has the photo radar enforcement. It just so happens to be in Scottsdale.

      I hope this information allows you to "do the math".
      • 8 Years Ago
      "17. He REALLY went that fast in a Sonata...and didn't wreck or even blow the engine?"

      Hell no dude, those v-6 sonata engines are screamers, I drive my Mom's whenever I visit her in Seattle and that thing sounds throaty and really just loves to scream at the redline. It's pretty cool. (She has a 2006)
      • 8 Years Ago

      Even if he was going 137, frig, that's still really fast for a family sedan. This is a serious machine.

      PS: I sent this story in a month ago: Where's my friggin' credit(haha).
      • 8 Years Ago
      To answer someone's previous (pertinent) question, the Sonata is not speed-governed. The 137 MPH top speed that C&D reached was drag-limited.

      So, theoretically, if he had a tailwind, was headed down a mild decline, and had less weight in the car, he could've squeezed out an extra 10 MPH.

      Considering that the most recent 5.7L Camaro topped out at 158, even 137 is pretty serious stuff for a mainstream family sedan...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Same thing happened in the state of Victoria (Australia), a number of drivers were clocked doing speeds their cars couldn't possibly do. Government was eventually forced to shutdown that particular camera network for a year and refund a whole bunch of drivers (and give them back their license points). Of course, that only happened after constant media publicity, until then the drivers had to suck it up.

      • 8 Years Ago
      There not called HIGHspeed motorWAY for naught.
      http://www.motorists.org/issues/enforce/photo_objections.html
      Maybe if highway speed limits were set correctly, 85-90 percentile. and what about the people who are in that top ten percentile-those who can, do.
      http://www.motorists.org/issues/speed/index.html
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