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    Legal Speeding!

    Minnesota just passed a law that, to me, makes a lot of sense. You can now go up to 10 MPH over the speed limit to pass a car on a 2-lane highway.

    I got stopped (and let off with a warning, luckily) in Iowa a few years back for doing this.


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    Re: Legal Speeding!

    Freaking genius! Hey State of Iowa, yes please!



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    Re: Legal Speeding!

    so you can go 10 over continuously in the left lane, as long as you are passing other cars on right?


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    Re: Legal Speeding!

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    so you can go 10 over continuously in the left lane, as long as you are passing other cars on right?
    I would assume you would get a ticket for reckless driving if your were constantly driving in the wrong lane



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    Re: Legal Speeding!

    and yes that would be reckless.

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    Re: Legal Speeding!

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    so you can go 10 over continuously in the left lane, as long as you are passing other cars on right?
    I would assume it's only during the act of passing, so as soon as you've cleared a car, you have to go back into the right lane and slow back down.

    There's also the issue of oncoming traffic in the passing lane, too.


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    Re: Legal Speeding!

    So if you have to go 10 MPH over the speed limit to pass someone, why do you need to pass them?

    I could see if something were falling off the vehicle in front of you, like following a truck full of gravel, but other than that, if the car is going slow enough to be passed, you shouldn't need to speed to do it.

    Don't get me wrong, I would take full advantage if they were pass this in Iowa, but it just sounds like an excuse to speed.



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    Re: Legal Speeding!

    Quote Originally Posted by djcubby View Post
    So if you have to go 10 MPH over the speed limit to pass someone, why do you need to pass them?

    I could see if something were falling off the vehicle in front of you, like following a truck full of gravel, but other than that, if the car is going slow enough to be passed, you shouldn't need to speed to do it.

    Don't get me wrong, I would take full advantage if they were pass this in Iowa, but it just sounds like an excuse to speed.
    If you meet a car going 52 in a 55, speeding up to 55 to pass is going to take a little bit to get around them and is much more dangerous than speeding up to 65 to get around them in just a few seconds.

    Great law change.



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    Re: Legal Speeding!

    Quote Originally Posted by djcubby View Post
    So if you have to go 10 MPH over the speed limit to pass someone, why do you need to pass them?

    I could see if something were falling off the vehicle in front of you, like following a truck full of gravel, but other than that, if the car is going slow enough to be passed, you shouldn't need to speed to do it.

    Don't get me wrong, I would take full advantage if they were pass this in Iowa, but it just sounds like an excuse to speed.
    If you are following a car doing 54 MPH and you want to pass it, and you have to pass it going 55 MPH, it could take you forever. Especially, if there is oncoming traffic or if there is a hill coming up, you can now legally pass at 65 MPH and not get a ticket. You can pass somebody faster and safer that way.


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    Have alot of people been stopped for passing a car?

    Seems to me this has to be close to the rarest of occurrences.

    My guess is most people who do get stopped were passing that car because they were speeding from the outset.

    Here's a law that needs to be passed.... police are required to obey the same traffic laws the rest of us do. Driving around WDM or out on 235, cops are blazing around everywhere. Often no signals, doing 10+ over the limit (clearly not really heading anywhere in an emergency). I'm often on the side of law-enforcement. But this little "entitlement" ticks me off.



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    Re: Legal Speeding!

    Quote Originally Posted by djcubby View Post
    So if you have to go 10 MPH over the speed limit to pass someone, why do you need to pass them?

    I could see if something were falling off the vehicle in front of you, like following a truck full of gravel, but other than that, if the car is going slow enough to be passed, you shouldn't need to speed to do it.

    Don't get me wrong, I would take full advantage if they were pass this in Iowa, but it just sounds like an excuse to speed.
    It's not too much of a problem in Iowa, but in other states the window to pass may not be a big. I'm not much of a speeder, but when I am passing, I like to get over and back as quickly as possible. Not full throttle, but I don't like to be out in the left lane any longer than necessary.

    I don't know if it warrants a change in the law, but a little slack depending on the conditions may not be a bad thing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Here's a law that needs to be passed.... police are required to obey the same traffic laws the rest of us do. Driving around WDM or out on 235, cops are blazing around everywhere. Often no signals, doing 10+ over the limit (clearly not really heading anywhere in an emergency). I'm often on the side of law-enforcement. But this little "entitlement" ticks me off.
    This isn't a cut and dried issue. I agree many times it's because of exactly that, but conversely there are also many time cops are en route without lights for a reason. And actually, there is in an avenue for reporting this...all you need is the vehicles ID (usually plate or unit # on the vehicle) and time of day and call in and report it. It will get investigated and I've known of officers actually getting probation for too many reported violations where they were operating out of protocol.

    Most people just don't report them.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Have alot of people been stopped for passing a car?
    It happened to me on Hwy. 60 near Alton, IA. If I remember correctly, the officer was over a hill, and couldn't see that I had just passed a car, and was in the process of slowing back down. So, now that I think of it, this law may not have helped me in this case. He would have had to take me at my word.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Here's a law that needs to be passed.... police are required to obey the same traffic laws the rest of us do. Driving around WDM or out on 235, cops are blazing around everywhere. Often no signals, doing 10+ over the limit (clearly not really heading anywhere in an emergency). I'm often on the side of law-enforcement. But this little "entitlement" ticks me off.

    Couldn't agree more, but I was always told that unless there is an emergency situation, they are subject to the same laws as everyone else. Ambulances with no lights on stopping at stop signs, etc. Maybe someone in the know can chime in. I see officers neglecting to signal turns all the time. Most of the situations are trivial, but to me it seems like they should be leading by example, otherwise it seems sort of hypocritcal for them to be able to pull me over for failure to signal.



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    Quote Originally Posted by egami View Post
    This isn't a cut and dried issue. I agree many times it's because of exactly that, but conversely there are also many time cops are en route without lights for a reason. And actually, there is in an avenue for reporting this...all you need is the vehicles ID (usually plate or unit # on the vehicle) and time of day and call in and report it. It will get investigated and I've known of officers actually getting probation for too many reported violations where they were operating out of protocol.

    Most people just don't report them.
    They might be doing it for a good reason sometimes, but I can confirm that at least one state trooper speeds "because he can." My sister's ****** of an ex-boyfriend, for one.




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