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Were the police right to stop me?

So I was driving home in the evening, let my car "rip" a bit in the tunnel to hear that V8 roar, exit the tunnel, turn right, a cop jumps out of a parking lot (I was travelling at maybe 20km/h at that point). Says he "heard" me in the tunnel accelerating "innapropriately". He took down my registration info and told me he will send it to the magistrate or something and that I will recieve a ticket for "inappropriate acceleration." I told him his "hearing" is worth s**t and that he saw nothing and that I did not brake any speed limits.

Ain't this a great country or what? What's next, a cop hears you smoking a joint? I think uncle Adolf would be proud.
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Old 25.11.2007, 23:30
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Re: Got harassed by Nazi cops.

Act like kid, get treated like a kid...
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Re: Got harassed by Nazi cops.

It's a well known limitation of physics and lingusitics that you can't brake a speeding limit
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Re: Got harassed by Nazi cops.

well done on the today's stupidest use of the word "Nazi" on the internet.
actually, I've modified your thread title because it's not in good taste. I believe you were rightly stopped but it could have happened to any of us; mind you, I would have immediately yielded the moral high ground to the copper - just for the telling-off and NFA (no further action)
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Re: Got harassed by Nazi cops.

How can the cop punish him based on noise? Either the poster is not telling us everything or the cop has issues.
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Re: Were the police right to stop me?

Noise is bad. Except when it is organised and includes drums and horns.
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Re: Were the police right to stop me?

The cop "assumed" that because he heard me accelerating, I must have broken the speed limit. Since he didn't see me, he just said my acceleration was innapropriate based on the noises he heard. Nothing else to it.
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Re: Were the police right to stop me?

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Noise is bad. Except when it is organised and includes drums and horns.
Or when it's a high strung Italian engine or a "high strung" female in bed.
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Re: Were the police right to stop me?

I can't judge if what you did was right or wrong as all the information I read was provided by yourself. But if you didn't get photographed and they haven't got any means of pinning anything serious on you, just let it ride and take the fine like a man, if they can find something to nail you with (which I severely doubt as an aural estimation of acceleration is impossible to define). It's not worth the hassle of fighting the cops if you know in your own mind that their opinions are based on facts which you have admitted to. To answer your question though, they can stop whoever they like based on their interpretation of a given situation.
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So I was driving home in the evening, let my car "rip" a bit in the tunnel to hear that V8 roar, exit the tunnel, turn right, a cop jumps out of a parking lot (I was travelling at maybe 20km/h at that point). Says he "heard" me in the tunnel accelerating "innapropriately". He took down my registration info and told me he will send it to the magistrate or something and that I will recieve a ticket for "inappropriate acceleration." I told him his "hearing" is worth s**t and that he saw nothing and that I did not brake any speed limits.

Ain't this a great country or what? What's next, a cop hears you smoking a joint? I think uncle Adolf would be proud.
Maybe with all the noise the policeman thought your exhaust had dropped off and were therefore driving with a defective vehicle which gives him every right to stop and check you.

One man's V8 roar is another's cracked baffle...
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Re: Were the police right to stop me?

Guy's clearly got issues. Maybe his radar gun doesn't work inside of the tunnel, and he spends all day in front of the exit from the tunnel feeling totally impotent cuz he knows everyone's living it up inside.
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Re: Were the police right to stop me?

Well, I still haven't recieved any ticket... we'll see.
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Guy's clearly got issues. Maybe his radar gun doesn't work inside of the tunnel, and he spends all day in front of the exit from the tunnel feeling totally impotent cuz he knows everyone's living it up inside.
Actually he wasn't waiting for anyone. He was checking some cars in the parking lot. I just happened tom pass by and since I was driving slowly at that point, he just ran out into the road shouting. I stopped and backed up.
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Re: Were the police right to stop me?

Letting the V8 rip will always attract attention becuase it signals a hoon and / or irresponsible driving. He pulled you up because by getting your attention you may think twice about 'letting it rip' in the future.
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Re: Were the police right to stop me?

Roaring your engine innecesarily is forbiden by the road code. I read that article when studying the code to pass my exams and remember it well.

I'll try to search the article about it.

In fact the cops are not punishing because you were speeding, but because of the noise and innecesary polution.

And be careful if you want to refuse to pay and litigate in court with the cop.

In most cases, he is right and then you'll have to pay the original fine, plus another and administrative costs... ( I know... i had to )
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Re: Were the police right to stop me?

There's a tunnel close to me where the young lads in 15 year old souped up BMWs and Golfs used to let rip with squealing tyres and loud exhausts and it was sodding unpleasant if you were a pedestrian walking through at the same time.

Nobody dared use the pedestrian crossing on the other side of the tunnel in case a car came out of it too fast.

So many complaints went in that the town laid speed ramps, and that largely solved it.

If you want to brag about the sound of your V8, try "you hear me coming from Brussel"
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Re: Were the police right to stop me?

or read The Driver by Alex Roy

If you want to brag about the sound of your V8, try "you hear me coming from Brussel"[/QUOTE]
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Roaring your engine innecesarily is forbiden by the road code. I read that article when studying the code to pass my exams and remember it well.

I'll try to search the article about it.

In fact the cops are not punishing because you were speeding, but because of the noise and innecesary polution.

And be careful if you want to refuse to pay and litigate in court with the cop.

In most cases, he is right and then you'll have to pay the original fine, plus another and administrative costs... ( I know... i had to )
That is certainly true. I know someone locally who tended to drive in 1-2 gears lower than necessary and accelerated with high revs. A few years back, he was fined for driving too noisily. He contested the case in court, thinking it was hard to justify such a claim. The policeman's judgement of what was unnecessarily loud was accepted. He lost his case and had to pay all the legal costs.
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Letting the V8 rip will always attract attention becuase it signals a hoon and / or irresponsible driving. He pulled you up because by getting your attention you may think twice about 'letting it rip' in the future.
I also I attract attention when I let one rip, but the people in my proximity are usually none too happy....

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Guy's clearly got issues. Maybe his radar gun doesn't work inside of the tunnel, and he spends all day in front of the exit from the tunnel feeling totally impotent cuz he knows everyone's living it up inside.
Clearly he's not the only one with issues with a broken "gun".... I wonder what the statistical correlation is between impotence (mental and otherwise) and V8's...

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Re: Were the police right to stop me?

Don't be jealous... one day you will be able to get a V8 too.

People who point out that to want a V8 means one is under-endowed in some way... are just plain jealous and themselves under-endowed in some ways. Normal people won't bother making such a comment.

I love cars and love to drive. I don't care about the badge or the engine size as long as the car is exciting to drive.
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