• Mar 5, 2009
You're looking at the evil red orb through the rear-view mirror of your dad's Corvette (or your wife's Honda Pilot ). Making matters worse, you've just been burning up the asphalt for the past few miles. The ominous light is behind you and changing lanes aren't causing it to go away. Not that any of us ever venture into triple-digit speeds... but what would happen if you got nailed doing 100 mph on a public road?
Well, it depends.

The pain you will soon feel in your wallet (and the amount of time you possibly spend incarcerated) will vary state-to-state. In California, the two points you gain on your driving record will be accompanied with up to a $500 fine and possible jail time. In Virginia, your bank account will lighten by up to $2,500 and there is mandatory time behind bars. Many states use a sliding scale to determine penalties, while others automatically suspend licenses (in addition to the aforementioned treats).

Is there a child in your car, alcohol on your breath or did you make more than a few lane changes as you dodged the normal flow of traffic? Let's hope you weren't racing. If so, reckless driving may be added to your infraction. In many cases, that is a free upgrade to a possible misdemeanor criminal offense. Things get ugly rather quickly, and a decent attorney starts to look attractive, especially if you have been caught before.

According to the experts, the easiest way to avoid this heinous plot... is to simply start slowing down.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Oddly enough, the only time I've ever been pulled over, I was driving 61 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. I didn't receive a ticket. Politeness works... even though the cop was a complete douchebag to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well you can do what i do, works every time.


      I follow the law.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Freaking hilarious ..COTD !!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jeeez, SeaUrchin, get a life and quit eating lead paint.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you're the a$$hole doing the speed limit that I keep getting stuck behind.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Interesting that you never break the speed limit. Now it is true, that I don't steal, rape, or murder... but breaking the law in speeding? I'm sure I accomplish that every time I drive, if even by one mile per hour.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "What do I do when I get pinched going over 100MPH?"
        "lol follow the law dude!"

        Wow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, you must be an annoying one to drive behind. Most cars on main roads do about 10 kmph over the limit (15 kmph on a downhill grade or certain other exceptions) and the police don't mind. It's sane. It's still safe on those roads. Go the limit and you impede the flow of traffic.

        Now, 10 kmph over the limit on a residential street, playground zone, school zone, construction zone, or during inclement weather or when the traffic is heavy and doing the limit... that warrants a ticket.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I been a couple of times above 100 in my zx6r 07.its so easy to go from 65 to 100 that sometimes I don't even do it on purpose. Anything over 100 is really dangerous so I mostly accelerate quickly to 65 or so, that's if I want to have some fun. otherwise I drive slightly over the limit in either a car or motorcycle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh serioulsy... Come on. 100 mph, that's my cruising speed on almost everything. In Europe we have speed cameras. Put them in your gps and you're good to go. If you get caught by an 'undercover' policecar, then take it like a man and pay the fine (couple of hundred of euros i guess) No license points, and certainly no jail time, lol... For a measely 100 Mph. No wonder your jail cells are filled to the top for putting people behind bars for NOTHING. And what do you really teach them there, only to be more pissed of at society. A big fine gets them where it hurts just fine, so that's it.

        Obviously you shouldn't do that in a city or where the situation doens't allow it, but on the left lane of a highway?

        I've been up to 146 Mph in a golf GTI at around 11 o'clock...
      • 5 Years Ago
      A local cop caught me doing 120 in a 70 zone once. I was on the way to work at 2am, and very late. He pulled me over only after I turned into the parking lot, gave me a verbal warning w/o even ID'ing me, and then let me go.

      Same cop caught me doing 40 in a hospital zone, and 43 on a residential street (speed limit was 30), and let me go both times with a verbal. I'm not sure if he recognized me each time or not, but he was always nice about it, and just warned me.

      12 years after the fact, I drive responsibly, 'cuz I know they're not all as forgiving as he was.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Had a chance to drive in Europe this year, including in Germany. Completely different approach to driving. I was doing my 100 mph there and was getting passed by tiny FIATs and Fords, amazing. Not to mention much more decent cars like the German stuff. The key difference between the States and Europe is that most of Americans cruise, Europeans drive. I agree with the prior posting of the person from Europe that though in Europe you typically drive much faster than it is done in the States, you can feel more secure in Europe. Left lane there is for what it was intended, passing, no excuses. Here you get a fellow doing 10 miles over the limit occupying the left lane forever, feeling like he is entitled to do that. I call them voluntary traffic enforcers, working to help the law. Folks like him are the reason why people in US pass on the right, there is no other way to pass that happy fella. Now, on what constitutes a safe speed, is it a 100, 150 or just 75 mph, this is all a matter of perspective. If you know how to drive fast, you will be able to do it safely. It is all in your head. The key difference between Europeans and Americans is that Europeans have the experience of driving fast, americans don't. Whatever you practice, you become better at it. I did my fastest driving in Utah, where the highways are empty, there are long stretches of straight highway and there is no excuse to drive 60 or 70 unless you want to observe the surroundings. Whatever I was driving was apparently too fast for the local officer and he would not take any excuses. Again, point of view, not trying to be disrespectful to the law, they must do their job. If you think the most should be driven is 80, do your 80, but please move to the right while doing that. The European who posted originally is right, we have great roads here but most of us drive not to the full road potential, let me leave it at that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone care to guess what kind of car the photograph was taken in?

      - Mike
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are all correct.

        It is from a mid-80's European Porsche 930 (911 Turbo). Euro models had a different steering wheel (looks a lot like the RUF unit). Stock boost is .8 bar, so this one has been modified for more power as the boost gauge is reading 1 bar. One has to assume the speedometer is off by about 3-5%, but this car is moving regardless!

        - Mike
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most likely an 80's 911 turbo, considering the small turbo pressure indicator.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think its a Ruf 911, quite possibly "Yellowbird" - Its got high mileage, which Yellowbird has, and its going close to 180mph, which regular 911s weren't capable of then - and the top of the steering wheel boss is the same shape as the Ruf proprietary steering wheels from the period.

        Plus, what other mid-80s 911 has been more extensively photographed going so fast?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm gonna go with a Porsche 911, from the 80s perhaps?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The article is nice and this is a "what if" kind of concept. Please continue publishing the author.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And with government revenues in the toilet, expect to get "pinched" more and more. Moral of the story: Follow the King's rules whilst traveling upon His Majesty's highways or pay the tithing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well that didn't do me too much good...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If there are ANY other cars in the road, there is absolutely NO reason to reach triple digits on public roads. Selfish, inconsiderate people that do this should be locked up in a PMITA prison.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Zamafir, come on.

        I've seen your highways and interstates on television here in Europe. They're just heaven compared to what we have, because they're almost TOTALLY EMPTY. And even so we manage to squeeze out some 100mph+ regularly.

        You only have so heavy trucks and traffic on the right lane at 50mph (if that) and that's it. All the rest is commuting at the same god forsaken crawling speed.

        There's all the place in the world to drive your own tempo. But you know what the real problem is over there? Someone choses a lane, sets its cruise control and drives like he owns the road. As far as i know there's no legal limitations on chosing your lane on the highway. Here, you always need to go as right on the road as possible, in compliance with your speed. And they're very strict on that! So move to the right if you're not going any faster than the one next to you on the right. Leave the left lanes open for normal people.

        Overtaking on the right side is absolutely NOT done here, because you shouldn't even be on the left if you were going slow enough to be passed. You get big fines for that behaviour here. As far as i can see from television, there's no such thing in the USA, as i often see right driving cars passing a slower vehicle on the left.

        Hilarious, and sad at the same time. I'd die of boredom driving 55 mph all the time, lol...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I once saw someone in the fast lane on a 4-lane highway around 10:30 at night, without their lights on. Tried to flash my high beams as they went by but they didn't see. Had to go to 105 in order to catch up and (after slowing down) get their attention.

        But that was one sliver of time in going on 5 years of driving, so I agree. The likelihood of needing to go anywhere near 100 mph on a public road is next to nill.

        HOWEVER, if you are pulled over for doing 100mph, or really anything illegal, man the frak up and be honest. "Yes officer, I was going rather fast. And I'll probably do it again, but not for a few hours because this little experience will scare me."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why? In germany, people drive 120-150mph everyday, and no disaster happened so far...
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I'm not sayin I think people should be goin 100+ in traffic (it's never necessary, but what is besides food water and air?)" - aj121489

        Best quote ever ;)

        I bet that in Florida or california, highways are jammed. But i was referring to those interstates you often see on television series and movies. Two or three lanes, some trucks and harley cruising towards sunset ;) Or those you need to take to go up to the bonneville salt flats.

        If a copper stops you there, he's just being a total asshole (if he can catch you, that is ;) )
        • 5 Years Ago
        yes. speeding definitely deserves brutally savage prison rape. anal rape no less!

        sweet feathered christ...

        overreact much?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @EU_reader

        Though I agree with most of what you said, it depends on where you saw that footage from and what time of day. Trust me, I-95 in South Florida on a weekday afternoon (or a weekday period) is not empty. MAYBE on a Sunday morning. And you hardly ever see people doing 55. Hell the speed limit is 65 or 70 on the interstate in most places (unless there's construction, which there's been a ton of for the past DECADE. I know that and I'm only 19 lol). Most will do 70-80 with a decent number flyin down the HOV lane. But there are plenty of dumbass drivers that will stay in your way if you're doing a 100+mph run. I'm not sayin I think people should be goin 100+ in traffic (it's never necessary, but what is besides food water and air?) but it's not as easy as you make it sound. Especially when you're stuck with a Pontiac Vibe like me. Lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's actually no reason period, regardless of level of traffic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "There's actually no reason period..."

        How about when someone is seriously injured with no available ambulances. Then again there's a risk of even more injuries if something happens at 100mph.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hit triple digits all the time, granted I live in Canada and our highways are 100 km/h...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here is the article that needed to be published!

      http://ehowa.com/mythoughts/nospeeding.shtml
        • 5 Years Ago
        The above link is probably NSFW. But I agree, EHOWA rocks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I should have written more.

        SO SORRY......This is NSFW

        I am not related to this website or article.
        I just found it helpful and funny.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That guy is hilarious.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This article has not pertinent content. The title implies it will contain information about what to do, not what will happen. Please discontinue publishing the author.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Article was from AOL Auto owned by AOL.

        Autoblog is a member of the Weblogs, Inc. Network.

        Weblogs, Inc. Network is owned by AOL.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Azael
        Hahaha, the BMW broke down so he was caught? That's kind of sad, lol.
        I guess the lesson is to steal a more reliable sports car and make sure the gas tank is full =p
        • 5 Years Ago
        What to do is simple, be honest and respectful. Both times I was caught above 100 (125 some ten years ago, and 105 recently... also my only two moving violations) the officers indicated 85. In the first instance, i immediately admitted fault, didn't attempt to low ball the numbers, and was polite. In the second instance I attempted to low ball, and wound up with a ticket, though my passenger was quite adamant that the officers disposition seemed as though I would have made it with a warning had I not attempted to low ball. It's the same stuff traffic school tells you, the purpose of an officer of the peace is to get you to acknowledge you're doing something wrong and to correct it. Though the discipline of the officer also affects your chances.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "my friend get a speeding ticket (close to 300 dollars) for going 3 mph more than the speed limit.... and that speed limit was 5 mph."


        sounds to me like it could also be worded as "my friend was going nearly twice the posted limit".
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