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      07-23-2009, 02:23 PM   #23
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You can just tell the officer or the court that you accidentally pushed the gas pedal in too much, and then the clutch pedal just slipped off your toe by mistake.... hehe
I was driving down the main road here in Tampa trying to meet up with a friend. Did a U turn and got a little sideways. When the other direction for about a mile or so and did another U turn and got sideways a bit. This time a cop pulled me over. He asked what the rush was... i told him that this was a new car and my foot slipped off of the clutch. He said was that the first U turn or the second one? haha He let me go with a warning. I was like 20 at the time too.

I've been stopped for the second gear chirp as well, again received a warning. Cops in Tampa are cool.
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      07-23-2009, 02:40 PM   #24
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i wasnt trying to show off or be a douche at all, i was just getting out of the way.
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      07-23-2009, 04:03 PM   #25
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Even a little chirp at the wrong place wrong time is going to get you noticed. In that case the ticket is as much for what they've thought you've already done or might do. Sort of a warning for what they see as Mr. Hotshot Car Driver so that you keep things in line.

I'm not saying it's right, or that it even makes sense (especially given Sorehead's excellent argument), but this stuff gets you "noticed" as does lowering the car, tint, exhaust, and the fact it's a "performance car" to begin with. And being noticed in this case is a bad thing when it comes to cops.

Much more noticed that something potentially more dangerous: the soccer mom weaving around in a minivan/SUV or sliding through a stop sign while gabbing on the cell phone or turning around to yell at her kids.

I think the equation is minivan/SUV + mom = safe while M3/performance car + Chirp or _____ = dangerous! I've found just the opposite to be true. I've had more close calls with mom + minivan/SUV than I've ever had with folks in "performance cars". I can think of one or two only in my driving life with real performance car drivers (not guys in ricers but P cars, Vettes; BMWs, Zs, etc.). Close calls with minivans--too many to count!

If I see a minivan/SUV person on the phone, or with kids in the car I avoid them at all costs! Kids + cell phone use--get the hell away from them! Odds are they're gonna do something stupid. (I'll be honest I keep an eye on the ricers too but there aren't that many in burbs compared to minivans/SUVs).
Oh I have no problem with getting a ticket if I break the law. You do the crime etc etc.
I just cringe and the highway driving here that goes unchecked. It's a pile up waiting to happen. You try to leave a safe distance between you and the car in front and someone in the other lane sees it as a gap for them to swing in to. Horrible.

Like you say. The car get you noticed first. Make it loud and it'll just get you noticed earlier then you're an easy target for a dumb ticket.
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      07-24-2009, 01:33 AM   #26
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I was driving down the main road here in Tampa trying to meet up with a friend. Did a U turn and got a little sideways. When the other direction for about a mile or so and did another U turn and got sideways a bit. This time a cop pulled me over. He asked what the rush was... i told him that this was a new car and my foot slipped off of the clutch. He said was that the first U turn or the second one? haha He let me go with a warning. I was like 20 at the time too.

I've been stopped for the second gear chirp as well, again received a warning. Cops in Tampa are cool.
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      07-24-2009, 02:29 AM   #27
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Oh I have no problem with getting a ticket if I break the law. You do the crime etc etc.
I just cringe and the highway driving here that goes unchecked. It's a pile up waiting to happen. You try to leave a safe distance between you and the car in front and someone in the other lane sees it as a gap for them to swing in to. Horrible.
I hear you buddy! I have no problem with getting a ticket if I break the law either.

But as with you, a day doesn't go by that I don't see something that's so egregious and dangerous that it makes me a bit crazy. You leave a safe distance, and as you say, faster than you can spit someone jumps in.

I see more "drafting" around here and at closer distances than freakin' NASCAR on the freeway at 75-85 MPH. And they do it while texting or dialing. I keep thinking people can't be that reckless/stupid, but they keep proving me wrong! It's no wonder that as cars have gotten safer the actual fatality rate has remained constant.
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