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Finishing a road ride, I blew through a stop sign doing about 12-15 mph. I saw him make what looked like a 5 point u-turn and figured he was coming to get me. For a brief instant I thought about trying to ditch him and quickly calculated my odds at 60/40 and decided that would be foolish.

By the time he caught up to me it was in front of a local museum that was having a function and there were probably 50-60 people around. I get the full lights and siren treatment which got everyone's attention.

The cop was cool and I didn't bother to argue since I was as guilty as O.J. After running my ID through the super-computer he got back out of the car without his ticket book and I knew he was going to let me off with a warning. From then it was all yes sir, no sir, yes sir and then I was back on the road.

I was advised that the ticket would not have gone on my driving record but the fine would be the same as running a stop sign in a car, which I believe is around $270 in CA. That would have sucked big time.

Interesting end to a nice after work ride. I always wanted to get pulled for speeing on my bike but the stop sign thing just wasn't as cool. Oh well, there's always next time.
 

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I"ve said it here before... I got that ticket about 3 years ago. Insurance companies vary with how they treat those tickets. My current agent helped me out and it's not affecting my current rates.
 

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Insurance agent helped?????

Debaser said:
I"ve said it here before... I got that ticket about 3 years ago. Insurance companies vary with how they treat those tickets. My current agent helped me out and it's not affecting my current rates.
...funny, cause that insurance business is organized crime. Musta been something in it for him. You are probably paying for most of his car in premiums you pay now and he doesn't want to lose you. I consider insurance folk amongst the bottom feeders of the earth.
 

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Yeah...

In CA it is like $270 for the ticket. You can go to court and get it reduced to around $180 (well....that is what they did for me). The cop was not cool. In fact the cops in Redding hated cyclists. When I was hit by a car (the guy crossed the double yellow and hit me head on (picts at www.stuftdzine.com/bustedbrad)) the cops told my buddy who picked up my smashed frame that we cyclists should find another place to ride our bikes. I was coming home from work! The best part of that was that the guy who hit me did not, yes that is did not, get a ticket. The ticket for running the red (way before I was hit) did not go on my record.

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chomp said:
...funny, cause that insurance business is organized crime. Musta been something in it for him. You are probably paying for most of his car in premiums you pay now and he doesn't want to lose you. I consider insurance folk amongst the bottom feeders of the earth.
Bottom feeders who quickly become your best friend when your home or business burns down or your business gets sued and you need them to defend you. Sure there are some losers in the insurance business just like there are some shady attorneys, doctors and mountain bikers.

Don't paint with such a broad brush. It makes you look like an idiot.
 

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Actually insurance companies usually ARE emotionless corporate bastards. Whistle-blowers say all the time that many insurance companies have policies like denying 1 of every 2 claims whether they are valid or not. They don't bother to read them. So I guess you could say the big-wigs are the greedy scum while the broker you're dealing with is just being told what to do to keep his job.
 

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sstaurus said:
Actually insurance companies usually ARE emotionless corporate bastards. Whistle-blowers say all the time that many insurance companies have policies like denying 1 of every 2 claims whether they are valid or not. They don't bother to read them. So I guess you could say the big-wigs are the greedy scum while the broker you're dealing with is just being told what to do to keep his job.
Right. Just like all cops are a$$holes and eat donuts 24/7.
 

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Bankers too man

chomp said:
I consider insurance folk amongst the bottom feeders of the earth.
No offense to any of the professions of bikers, but....also include corporate bankers and the Motha Fawking banks that financed both Germany in WWI, and England in WWII, made an @ss load of money in interest off the dead bodies of people like my Great granduncle. Dont argue on this with me. If you are pissed, let it roll off your shoulders and consider me some extremist war hater...

If you guys start responding to this and an argument ensues, I implore you all to restart the thread in the politics forum.
 

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The officer is misinformed. Running a red light on Bicycle is not a moving violation, it is a simple infraction. Do a search, this has been discussed extensively including statutory authority.
 

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The officer is misinformed. Running a red light on Bicycle is not a moving violation, it is a simple infraction. Do a search, this has been discussed extensively including statutory authority.
You may be right but I was going to argue with him at the time.
 

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You're lucky I didn't catch you running the stop sign!

It would have been the full latex glove treatment for you! And no, I wouldn't have taken my wrist watch off :eek:
 
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