Corvette Forum Members Share Traffic Ticket Horror Stories

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It’s something that’s bound to happen at some time or another: you stomp on the loud pedal at the wrong time and get nabbed for speeding. Or, you might just encounter an officer that is just not having a great day. Tickets are not something to be proud of, but when they do happen, there’s always a story behind it.

Apparently, the worst stories come from the fine state of Virginia, where they treat speeders similar to people in the upper ranks of a drug cartel, or so it seems. Virginia’s traffic laws state that if you’re doing over 80 mph, it’s a misdemeanor, and you’ll likely not only face huge fines, but also jail time. And radar detectors are strictly outlawed. They take this stuff very seriously. Residents of that state are already aware of this, but people travelling through might not know as much. One Corvette Forum member got a ticket in Virginia for going over 80 mph in a 70 mph zone, and wound up in jail for a week and a half and a $2,500 fine. Ouch. At least I’m aware of this now, and if I ever find myself in VA, I’ll be paying close attention to the limit.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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