In Reply to: I think the only time I DON'T speed is at night... posted by Luxo M3 on May 20, 2001 at 03:01:56:
BUT at night the speed game changes A LOT.
Granted I think we all as car guys can spot the and name the lights of cars in our rear view mirrors....but most of us can only do this when the car is fairly near...
And it's even tougher when you get an off bred highway patrol car (i.e. a Camaro Z28, Tahoe, etc.) as all it looks like is some car taunting you from behind.
I had the same thing happen to me way back when I was driving home from a LONG road trip from SC to CA and I was on the notorious I-5 from Bakersfield to Tracy....
I was doing about 75mph when a whole group of cars flew by me. I thought I'd follow them and use it to help stay awake.
I wound up passing them at 100mph and then backed off to 80mph.
Out of nowhere I was being tailgated by what I thought was one of the cars I passed...
Turned out to be an all black CHP mustang.
The speed limit was 65mph back then and I got a tick for 80mph.
I just shrugged it off as a learning experience.
As far as you're concerned....you might as well roll over and play dead. What the unspoken rule of the road is, is that when someone tailgates you, you're technically supposed to let them pass or yield. No not written in any handbook, but the theory is you are going the speed limit, someone wants to drive faster than that so you let them by and continue doing the speed limit.
I would be honest with the judge as I think you weren't speeding up to race the individual you perceived as a "racer" but rather from a safety issue, it was late and you felt threatened by this individual following you.
I'd tell the judge that you were not familiar with that part of the country and you're main goal was to safely pull away from this individual if possible and that pulling to the side to possibly expose yourself to danger did not seem a good alternative.
If you're ready to accept the speeding ticket with a good attitude this may be a good arguement for the reckless driving charge as that is a bit more that just speeding.
One suggestion Valentine One. You would have known he was there when you were only going 80.