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Old 04-10-2012, 03:13 PM
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Not to bash any LEO's but I believe that some at the state level in my part of the world need to exercise a little common sense.

I was fortunate enough to be given a violation for using a merge lane as through lane to pass a vehicle, the said vehicle was an impaired driver who was swerving from shoulder to shoulder leaving an island chain in SFL.

The LEO pulled us both over on foot by stepping into highway traffic to direct both vehicles to the shoulder.

The other driver was arrested for impaired/dui and I still get the ticket for trying to avoid said impaired driver.

I assume that I am to not avoid a dangerous situation as this by bending the law but instead should follow until there is an accident.

Rant over, looks like Traffic School for me and no points will be asessed, I do not want to push my luck wiht the court system even though I might be justified in my actions.....


Rant over......btw have not had a moving violation in over 7 years.

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Hit the mother and pick out your next car. In my case truck, a few have thought about it but none have let Darwin do his thing.
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A Trooper hiding in the bu$he$ i$ there for one thing... revenue.

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Mardi-Gras,

Yea that is definite BS... Take it to court.... Find a copy of arrests for that day and present it to the judge (if you can find out the guys Blood Alcohol limit) the judge will most likely dismiss it..... As a LEO, that makes me mad, but I cant imagine writing accidents and tickets all day for a living either...
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Go to court!
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Go to court!
X2!!!!!!!!!!!! Given the circumstances and your driving record, I don't see the judge finding you guilty.

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X2!!!!!!!!!!!! Given the circumstances and your driving record, I don't see the judge finding you guilty.

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Unfortunately it not only depends on the circumstances anymore. Remember, judges have been responsible for much of the downward spiral in this Country due to their overwhelmingly liberal attitude and decisions in the last 20 years, my opinion! Good luck, and I hope you get a judge with common sense .
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Doesn't sound right. Either there is more to this or the LEO is skewed. What to do? ... I dunno. I think these days avoiding court at all costs is wise.
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I think a lot of LEOs take offense when they see someone passing on the right like that, particularly if the moron ahead is doing something screwy where he might start to swerve into you. Probably best to just slow down and keep behind the morons, even if it is a pain and an annoyance.
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Personally, I wouldn't have messed with the other car. Ain't nothin' going on in my life that I can't give that guy second to two to move on without me around him.

I'm tellin' ya, if more people would slow down, relax when they drive, listen to to some opera, there would be a lot less violence on the roadways.
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Personally, I wouldn't have messed with the other car. Ain't nothin' going on in my life that I can't give that guy second to two to move on without me around him.

I'm tellin' ya, if more people would slow down, relax when they drive, listen to to some opera, there would be a lot less violence on the roadways.

Agreed, but I was not speeding, the alleged DUI was traveling 35 in a 55, I simply used a merge lane as a through lane and accelerated to the posted speed limit.

Either way spoke with Clerk of Court and decided to take the online traffic school and no points in lieu of court appearance, apparently this Judge is not to kind to non-county residents....

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I have seen this as I was leaving New Orleans before. Person in uniform pointing at you directing you to pull over. I didn't and will not stop. They are in a uniform and armed with no car around. They might be an officer or they might be someone who went to party city last night. They will have to come get me.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:12 AM
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You said the driver was swerving from shoulder to shoulder, and you passed on the right in the merge lane. Couldn't you have picked a spot to pass him on the left? You run the same risk of attempting to pass him and getting hit, except that passing on the left doesn't get you a ticket. That said, go to court and explain to the judge that you just wanted to get away from the driver and picked the most opportune time to do it.
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