Attention all you lead foot drivers (shoot, that’s me)! Speed racers, slow down and listen (okay, okay, I’m listening)! Gone are the days when the boys in blue allowed for a 5-10mph “cushion” for speeders. Ever since the recession started, it seems that police officers and state troopers everywhere are attempting to fill in the gaps of their budgets with speeding tickets.

"Most people, if they’re stopped now, are getting a ticket even if it’s only a minor violation of a few miles per hour," says James Baxter,president of the National Motorists Association, a Wisconsin-based drivers’ rights group.

"…not only are the (speeding) tolerances much lower, but the frequency of a warning instead of a ticket is way down," says Baxter.

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We can’t help, but wonder if this situation has anything to do with the new Police Interceptor that was just unveiled in March or the police modified Porsche Panamera we just heard about yesterday. Of course, we know that police officers deserve the very best cars when defending us in the fight against evil, but do they have to take away our small, insignificant speeding “cushion”? Sgt. Michael Edes, chairman of the National Troopers Coalition, which represents 45,000 troopers, denies this allegation.

"I think you’ll find (enforcement is) actually the opposite," he says. "A lot of states have cut (trooper) positions or frozen positions. Several states have grounded their aviation unit, so they’re not doing as many speed details."

We can only hope that is true, but something tells me that we will need to lay off the gas pedal (damn that recession!) until we can receive some sort of confirmation that this is a hoax. Help us out by telling us your speeding ticket stories especially if you have been a victim of the evaporating speeding “cushion”.

Source: USA Today

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  (473) posted on 01.24.2011

Haha. Funny! can’t they trust the security camera on the road and they have to do it manually? On the other hand, maybe just to add up the work for the lazy cops out there. The law should be implemented strictly and seriously!

  (369) posted on 01.24.2011

I don’t have any idea what’s the real situation about the law and enforcement on the States but I think it’s a S.O.P that every one should be careful in the road! Duh, we have only one life don’t just waste it!

  (321) posted on 11.10.2010

To the police: be fair and don;t use your power to manipulate the violation.

  (666) posted on 04.6.2010

Expect more photo opportunities on highway to occur. Easy money for counties and highway patrols. Super speeders beware.

  (50) posted on 04.5.2010

Well, if you’re in NW Florida, they only pull for speeding. The residents in Pensacola, FL, for example have learned that if they are late, they can run red lights so long as they do it below the speed limit. Police have even been seen stopping to avert collisions with red light runners without giving chase afterwards.

When the issue was presented to the NHTSA, their response was to contact the FHP (Who are guilty of ignoring red light runners.)

I really really want to say that this is a joke, but it is not. So if you visit the panhandle, be careful while crossing intersections.

  (1) posted on 04.5.2010

I have always driven 10-20 miles over the limit and am finding that the cops/CHP are behaving as they always have in the Los Angeles area. I’m still getting the 10-15 mph cushion. Though I haven’t seen as many speed traps lately, which makes me believe the part about cutbacks. I have come up on a lot of cops on the road though, and they haven’t stopped me for going 5-10 mph over on streets and 10-15 over on freeways.

I did get cited by the CHP last May, but I was going 30-40 over. The other night I was stopped by a cop on the streets and he claimed I was going 60+ in a 35 zone, but he let me go. I’m generally very lucky when it comes to speeding though.

  (708) posted on 04.4.2010

The police have traditional set their radar gun 5 mph over the speed limit to allow for inaccurate speedometers, theirs and the motorists. Anything over 5 mph will get you a ticket. However, some cities like Dallas and Oklahoma City will let drivers go 10-15 mph over the speed limit on their interstate freeways. If you drive the speed limit you will get run over.

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