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Unsafe? (archive)

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Posted by - DJ Vyb on May 20, 2001 at 09:58:49:

In Reply to: My first JAIL experience ever! (m) posted by impounded M3 on May 20, 2001 at 02:43:41:

What they don't understand is that in a car like an M3, with an experienced driver, in most cases it is safer to use speed as a precautionary measure. When I am on the raod I will speed up just to pass a group of cars, to stay on the clearer road. To me, it would be better to pass the slow group of cars, fully in control, than to have oncoming traffic passing me and being approached by futher traffic. Wouldn't it be safer for an M3 to pass a more conventional vehicle than the more conventional vehicle passing us? Which vehice is a better candidate for higher speed? Also, the nimbleness of the M3 probably allows you to be safer at higher speeds because you can avoid certain unsafe conditions more rapidly, and still with a high level of driver control.

Also what they don't understand is doing over 100 in an M3 is far different than doing over 100 in say a Infinity G20 or something of that category. Most cars become very unsafe at those speeds, but the M3 ...well I don't need to explain that do I?

Just the braking ability of the M3 puts in a far different category of safety for the driver. I'm not saying they should change the rules, I'm basically just venting here, because I sympathise with your ordeal. Many times I see aggressive drivers approaching and I most often resolve the threatening situation with a light feathering of the accellerator to leave the situation well behind. I mean, our sport rearview mirrors are not even truly designed to effectively monitor surrounding traffic. They are more geared towards simply montering our blind spot, which is most useful in when you are passing a car, you are well aware of when the car has been fully passed and it is safe to merge. Otherwise you have to do a lot more looking around, which takes from your ability to focus on the road ahead. Furthermore say you were driving at, for an extreme example, 130 MPH down the freeway with light traffinc. If a car didn't notice you approaching at this high of a speed and started merging into your line right as you were nearing him/her ...you would be well past them before there was even a chance of a collision. The M3 is a far superor automobile.

Safe Motoring and good luck to our

V

Thanks to my friend Josh. Without you and your $1000 bail-out this afternoon, I would have been sleeping in the cell and eating the dogfood.

I was on my way to Portland, Oregan. As I drove over Everett, WA, I found myself a good way of avoiding falling asleep during the long drive at 3:00 am in the morning: occupying the passing line and passing everyone on I-5 with a little more speed. After driving at 80~90 mmp for an hour, I figured someone was right up to my ass and showing the sign that he wanna pass me. I watched my rear mirrior and saw the pair of headlights egging on me gradually. At 70something mph, I decided to give my ///M a little more gas to see if this guy was really up to the catch. After I created a gap about 5 car length, this guy followed with immediate response. 5 car length instantly got expensed and I was forced to make a decision. It's whether I let him pass by or keep going. Unfortunately, I made a terribly wrong move which cost my graceful 7 hours spent in a local jail in Everett, WA.

Pedal to the metal. my speedo kept climbing up, and when my foot was off my gas, I was already at 105 mph. All of a sudden, this unknown vehicle flashed police lights and I was like what the fuck!! undercover cop??!! Within millionth seconds, I pulled my car over and was ready for a big ticket. However, something more horrible just happened. This police officer used his microphone and ordered me to step outside of my car and put my both hands on the hood of his car with legs spread open. I watched "COPS" all the time on Fox channel, and didn't expect myself to be one of the bad guys shown on TV. Today, at 4:00 am, I just made my first appearance to the public. "hi everyone, how's my car look?"I tried to be as cooperative as possible.

The state patrol called the tow truck to impouond my M3, and brought me to the loca jail immediately, for reckless driving. He told me " I have been following you for more than 10 miles and you are still pulling away from me when I am at 90 mph. You are the stupidest driver I have even seen so far. You are going to jail now. You have the right to remain silence.....blah blah blah....." I was a little, er, very shocked after his speech that made me speechless. The racer who tried to push me from behind every single time as I gun it, was the officer. What the hell.

Now I am bailed out, and waiting fot a court hearing on Wednesday next week. I don't know what I am gonna get, but it sure won't look pretty. I don't even know whether I should dispute anything because everything was caught on tape. Is the judge gonna believe what I believe to be true? I am nervous, adn hoping someone on this board could provide me with constructive feedback. That would be greatly appreciated if you guys can give me any clue of what I should say or what I might get after the hearing, in terms of your experice.

One last thing, a bad thing, about today's incident was that all the officers in the jail were all making fun of me after they knew why I was there, and what kinda car I drive. "M3? Just do it, and I will catch it!! ha ha ha..." voiced several times in the hallway. I felt really bad, about my car and myself of giving a bad name to all the M3 enthusiasts.

Anyway, if you have read this far, I would like to thank you for your time and hopefully someone else could learn a lesson from my experience. I learnt it the hard way, and I want you all to be able to avoid it, somehow.

sorry for the long post guys.

Happy motoring
Ken

p.s. : I just don't understand why this officer wouldn't pull me over when I was already speeding at 80 mph as he initiated the contact?? I felt like it's a trap......





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