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Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

Was driving home from my parents, from Germany, yesterday.

You know that stretch on the A1 after Winterthur, where the 100km/h zone ends and you can got 120 for a while?
It was 23:30-ish or so, very few cars on the road, I wasn't in a hurry, my car is old, had 60 HP 15 years ago (god knows how many of those are left), a VW T5 cruises next to me, overtakes me veeeery slowly, I see it's the police.
They overtake me, the "please follow" sign goes up, I switch off the radio, out we go at Kempthal.
Sigh.

"License, registration document".
"Are you tired? Did you drink alcohol? Did you take drugs?"
"No, I'm just not in a hurry."
"You were doing only 100 even in the 120 zone. "
"And my car uses less fuel when I only go 100 and it's quieter".

The little amount of stuff I had bought over there was all well within the limits and after checking and double checking everything, they drove off.

I had affixed my motorway sticker only about 45 minutes ago, having forgotten it on the way to Germany on Friday...a fact that I actually managed to keep for myself for the couple of minutes it took them to check everything...

A couple of minutes later, "downhill" to the Brüttiseller Kreuz, I would probably have accelerated to 120 anyway.
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Old 15.02.2016, 16:06
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

If I'm not going very far I tend to cruise at 100kmh on the autobahn - it makes very little difference in total time if you're only going 50kmh door to door, and as you say you use much less fuel - although fueling 8 hungry cylinders is never going to be a parsimonious affair.

I'd be quite happy to be stopped for driving 100:
"Do you know how fast you were going?"
"Yes, 100kmh"
"Why were you driving 100kmh?"
"If I'd be driving 300kmh you wouldn't have caught me"
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Old 15.02.2016, 16:06
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

They were probably bored.
Lucky about the sticker!
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Old 15.02.2016, 16:22
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

Middle or right lane?
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

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Middle or right lane?
Right lane.
There were almost no cars. Even on the right lane.
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

I remember driving home late from Basel to La Chaux-de-Fonds. I decided to take the mountain road and managed to get lost. My phone was out of battery so I stopped at a small (like tiny) train station in the middle of nowhere to put my phone on to charge and fire up the sat nav only to get some flashing blue lights out of nowhere.

They decided to breathalyze me and then give me directions home. All very surreal to be honest.
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

Are you a bot?

Because AFAIK a self driven google car in CA has been also pulled over driving slower than usual as well.
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Old 15.02.2016, 16:53
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

Were they two cops including a very young one? That would explain a lot...
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Old 15.02.2016, 17:12
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

Traffic plod often will stop anyone whose driving draw their attention. I got stopped once at a t-junction. Initially I was signalling left, but then my wife said we needed to go to a shop that meant going right, so I switched the signalling. Police car behind me pulled me over.
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

An experience here, many years ago when I was still young - had gone out carousing in Zurich, being "shown the sights" and bar hopping - driver of our car had drunk a bit too much and insisted on driving us all home, after midnight (we all foreigners and not knowing the way home ourselves, plus we had`nt realized how drunk he actually was!)

He drove at the "right" speed on freeway - insisting if he drove any slower the cops would notice and pull him over. I remember seeing the red cones being knocked flying as we drove past road-works - he knocked them over like skittles! (misjudging distances!) Wow were we glad to get home in one piece, safely!

But anyway we got home, without "drawing attention" to ourselves.

Another but recent case - something to remember if one drinks alcohol - if you decide to park off and sleep it off - sit in the back passenger seat! Someone I know parked off at a forest to sleep, still sitting behind wheel, and police checked, breathalyzed him, and he lost his licence for 3 months and was fined for being under the influence while behind the steering wheel of car.
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

I never, ever drink and drive.
My personal "bottle or throttle"-rule, if you want.
Also, my driving isn't great when sober. I don't believe it's getting better under influence.
Makes rides home so much less stressful.
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Old 15.02.2016, 17:43
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

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Were they two cops including a very young one? That would explain a lot...
whats about them?
I was stopped once by two cops and one was very young. The y fined me for driving in a acceleration lane for longer than necessary (aprox 1 km or little more)

The reason I kept on driving on the left lane was because I wanted to exit toward left (airport exit whenyou come from Uster) which is on the left.
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Old 15.02.2016, 17:44
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

I have been stopped and breathalysed but on a Sunday afternoon.

Conversation was along the lines of "Have you been drinking?" No was my answer - before I was sent off with a "Bonne Route" the police guy explained that so many people go out for lunch on Sunday and drink too much so they were on the look out for those over the limit..
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

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whats about them?

Show the rookie the ropes?
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Show the rookie the ropes?
That would be my guess. IE stopping someone whose driving behavior is unusual.
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

9 times in the past 2.5 months..... I also drive 100kph....anything over that and my truck begins to have a mind of its own and deciding where it wants to go by itself..... Still on Cali plates and always in the middle of the night (work in bar)

They all know me know and give me a little wave when passing now....
funny enough never have been asked to do a breathalyzer though


with drunk drivers they always say: the ones who are over the limit and tipsy will nearly always drive slower then the limit.
The drunk ones just want to get home asap and go well above the limit
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Old 15.02.2016, 19:34
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Re: Got stopped for un-speeding (driving below the speed limit)

I feel for you ...

I had had exactly same incident two years ago near Dübendorf on the motorway while going around 120kmh but there were cars that wanted to push faster and thus I was apparently obstructing the fast lane. The next thing came was the large LED display at the back of inconspicuously looking 5-series reading "Polizei bitte folgen". I was fined CHF60 on the spot as well as I got a lecture on the driving too slow ...

That comes from somebody who used to get minor speeding tickets in the past, learnt his lesson and tried to be more considerate when it comes to speeding. You can't please everyone. Next time I will be more accommodating the other way as there is less shame in being more macho ...
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....."Folgende Polize".
They were foreign?!
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Old 15.02.2016, 19:44
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They were foreign?!
You are right. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
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I feel for you ...

I had had exactly same incident two years ago near Dübendorf on the motorway while going around 120kmh but there were cars that wanted to push faster and thus I was apparently obstructing the fast lane.

You were obstructing the overtaking lane, not the fast lane.

Perhaps the fine was not undeserved?
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