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Old 02-09-2017, 10:40 PM   #21
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What app are you talking about? my onstar free trail ran out almost two years ago. The basic onstar does not cover unlocking the doors. No more to the story...I actually got a ticket for $129.00 for going 61 in a 55.
What time is your court date?

Here in Texas, the cop issuing the ticket has to appear in court to testify against you. If the court date is set for early morning or late evening, most cops will think it's not a good use of their time for a lousy ticket and won't show.

On the other hand, you might be right about the Corvette tax and he's out to get you, no matter what.
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:41 PM   #22
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If, during your active OnStar subscription, you downloaded the OnStar app onto your phone, the fob commands remain active for five years, even if your subscription expires.
I was not aware...but I'm guessing it would have not made a difference... first because I was not aware! and second I switched from an iPhone to an Android a couple of months ago.
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Number 1, I agree with this.

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Wow, what a bad day!

First would take that to court and throw your self on it's mercy; you have nothing to lose, IMO.

Number 2, I agree with this regardless of how #1 turns out.

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Life is too short to waste one minute doing or thinking anything about the ticket other than paying the fine and moving on.
Best of luck!
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:47 PM   #24
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What time is your court date?

Here in Texas, the cop issuing the ticket has to appear in court to testify against you. If the court date is set for early morning or late evening, most cops will think it's not a good use of their time for a lousy ticket and won't show.

On the other hand, you might be right about the Corvette tax and he's out to get you, no matter what.
yeah..it just happened today so no court date as I'm not sure I want to fight it after all it is only $129.00 fine. This Highway Patrolman may have been having a bad day or maybe he has some issues with corvettes. I don't think I want to bet on him not showing up at court. As many have said even though there was someone in front of me who was also speeding...the fact is i was over the posted speed limit.
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What time is your court date?

Here in Texas, the cop issuing the ticket has to appear in court to testify against you. If the court date is set for early morning or late evening, most cops will think it's not a good use of their time for a lousy ticket and won't show.

On the other hand, you might be right about the Corvette tax and he's out to get you, no matter what.
To the OP, I would find a way to dismiss the ticket so your insurance won't increase.

As mentioned, in Texas the cop has to appear in court to defend the ticket. In addition to that there are multiple legal ways to dismiss a ticket in Texas.

1: Ask the judge for a deferment. Everyone is allowed a deferment on a traffic violation. The rule is that you do not get another ticket in 90 days and the original ticket is dismissed. If you do get a ticket within 90 days, the first ticket is on record but you could request deferment for the second ticket. You do have to pay court fees.

2: Ask for defensive driving to dismiss the ticket. Everyone is allowed one time per year to take a defensive driving class to dismiss a ticket. You have to pay court fees and defensive driving class fee.

3: Change your court date. You are allowed to change your court date up to 3 times. The thought here is that you push the court date out so far in the future that the cop doesn't show. Also, all changed court dates are scheduled for night court most of the time so that increases your odds that the cop does not show. Your ticket will most likely get dismissed.

I usually request the court date change first, then if the cop shows up, you can still request the judge for a defensive driving course to dismiss the ticket. Added benefit is that the course also applies for a discount with the insurance company as well. Kills two bird with one stone.
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:10 PM   #26
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I saw on our local TV that the Missouri Highway Patrol gave out 26% more speeding tickets in the 1 to 5 MPH over the speed limit on I-44.

I guess they are needing to increase their revenue since people keep saying no the tax increases.
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:18 PM   #27
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I saw on our local TV that the Missouri Highway Patrol gave out 26% more speeding tickets in the 1 to 5 MPH over the speed limit on I-44.

I guess they are needing to increase their revenue since people keep saying no the tax increases.
1-5 mph? Most speedometers aren't even that accurate.

I always try to keep a friendly demeanor, and often ask for a warning. It works about half the time.

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Old 02-09-2017, 11:19 PM   #28
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Hey OP, you're in my neck of the woods! I think we all know the local cops can be pretty understanding, but for some reason the FHP guys are pretty strict and no-nonsense. Not quite sure I understand why... but you're right, probably you stuck out like a sore thumb in a VY C7

Sorry to hear you had a bad day, but things can only improve, right?
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A few years ago in rural Missouri I was speeding and I got a ticket. I don't live in Missouri so I got a local lawyer and he had the charge changed from speeding to driving with a burned out tail light. Now, it was no longer a moving violation so it didn't show up on my record and increase my insurance.
Try to keep that speeding ticket off your record. That $129 doesn't seem like much now but it will probably increase your insurance rates for the next several years.
Sorry it happened.
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:40 PM   #30
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while 6mi over is a bit of BS, you probably talked yourself into the ticket with "the other guy was going faster"
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:53 PM   #31
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ok I'm done venting... thanks for listening...
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If it makes you feel better about 15 years ago while driving my wife's VW Golf I got a ticket for doing 28 in a 25 MPH zone. This was at 2:30am and about a mile from my house so it was obvious I was headed home.

I'm sure he was fishing for DUI and that's why he pulled me over, not sure why I got the ticket. I didn't say a word and neither did he.
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:59 PM   #32
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MyChevrolet App is free. Unlocks your doors (or locks them) remotely. Also does a lot more.
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I got one for doing 27 in a 25 zone. I got another for doing 55 over in a 55 zone. I guess they even out in time.
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I did the same thing the first time I drove my c6z to the airport. The airport police officer tried to get in it, but was worried he would damage something. I just walked back into the terminal and rented a car.
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Old 02-10-2017, 12:23 AM   #35
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so if you were behind the speeder behind the other speeder you get the ticket. i can't be sympathetic because i'm freezing in the NE with my vette on a battery tender.

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fellow forum members I have had a bad day and I thought I would share...

started at 4:30 AM in DC with snow falling and flights being cancelled...mad dash to the airport and hoping my flight was still happening.

I got to the Orlando airport went to the parking structure to my velocity yellow Z51 and noticed some recent rain drops so I opened the hatch got my micro fiber towel and wiped down the car. There were some spots on the hatch so I of course shut it with my bag in the back. Did I mention my keys were in my bag? Yup locked the keys in the back and I'm a cheap bastard so I do not pay for onstar. I had to call my wife who had to go to our house and get my spare fob and then she had to drive it all the way to dumbass me at the airport.

I had a meeting in Tampa so this put me a few hours behind.

I got the new fob jumped in the car and headed to Tampa. Not 2 miles from the airport on the 528 which is a 6 line highway, I was cruising along in the left lane behind a piece of junk Kia at a blistering 61 MPH in a 55 MPH when a FHP Highway Patrolman came flying up behind me, I pulled to the right and he stayed with me. I could not believe I was being pulled over. When he came to the window he said he pulled me over for speeding. I pointed out there was a car in front of me who must have been going just a little faster than me and wondered why I got pulled over but they did not. He got pissed and told me to stay in my car. He never asked for my proof of insurance or registration. He came back a little later and gave me a ticket for going 6 miles over the speed limit 61MPH in a 55MPH on a 6 lane highway.

When I pointed out as he would have seen when he ran my license that I had not had a ticket or even been pulled over for almost 14 years he handed me the ticket and said try not to let it happen again.

The ticket is only $129 and at first I thought about fighting it. I have a dash camera so and I can prove the POS in front of me was let go while the yellow Corvette was pulled over but the bottom line is I was going faster than the posted speed limit. I suspect any judge would not be very considerate of the guy driving the corvette so I would get hit with the original fine plus court fees.

I am fully convinced the only reason I got the ticket was to pay the Corvette Tax....

ok I'm done venting... thanks for listening...
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I always try to keep a friendly demeanor, and often ask for a warning. It works about half the time.
Yes, arguing that someone else was going faster pretty much guarantees you'll get the citation. Never question an LEO on his/her judgement on the side of the road and be exceedingly respectful. You can question their judgement in court later, if necessary, but usually it's just best to beg for mercy.

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I was not aware...but I'm guessing it would have not made a difference... first because I was not aware! and second I switched from an iPhone to an Android a couple of months ago.
I switched phones also. I can still use the app on the new phone to lock/unlock car.
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I used to be a police officer, but that's the kind of sh*t that makes me say, "F*cking Cops!"
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Make sure ticket is completely filled out. Any wrong or missing information makes the ticket no good. Still need to go to court to get it dismissed.

I like the idea of getting a new court date, I'll have to try that someday.
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I would fight it even though you were truly speeding.
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