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flexeh
post Sat, 1 Jun 2019 - 15:50
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Hi All,

Just curious, I was on the m5 earlier and spotted someone on the bridge holding a hand held gun leaning on the railing. At first I thought it was a kid on the bridge and I always worry about throwing **** down so I was more focused on that. As I went underneath I realised it was a officer, so I looked at my Speedo and saw that I was just under 80 so I was thinking FFS. Shortly after the bridge there was a couple of police cars pulling people over, so I’m not sure if he on the bridge is one who then radios for his colleagues to pull over.

I noticed on my satnav I was at 76mph. I have a one reader and torque app though I put the speed on there and that matches the satnav at 76 when the speedo is 79/80.

So I’m curiously do the hand held store images as wel? And if so should it be on a tripod rather than in a officers hands leaning
On a railing.
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post Sat, 1 Jun 2019 - 16:04
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Why would it need a tripod?
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post Sat, 1 Jun 2019 - 16:06
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The hand held device was almost certainly laser not radar.

The very latest have a camera attached, the older ones do not and there would be no need in the circumstances you describe.

Enforcement action will normally start at 79, so if you were doing 76 you shouldn’t expect for them to take action, plus they may well have been using a higher threshold, no point letting 3 or 4 cars go past at 85+ you can’t stop as you pulled up two cars doing 79!


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post Sun, 2 Jun 2019 - 00:02
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QUOTE (The Rookie @ Sat, 1 Jun 2019 - 17:06) *
Enforcement action will normally start at 79, so if you were doing 76 you shouldn’t expect for them to take action, plus they may well have been using a higher threshold, no point letting 3 or 4 cars go past at 85+ you can’t stop as you pulled up two cars doing 79!


Indeed, real coppers (as opposed to the safety camera brigade) will be more interested in serious offences. It was 5 or 6 years back but there's been an episode of motorway cops where they clock someone doing 88 mph, look at the cameraman and say "well, we're looking for people who are going to kill someone, there's no point in going after someone doing 80-85".

IIRC they then went after the guy who was doing 100+ instead.

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post Sun, 2 Jun 2019 - 07:32
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QUOTE (cp8759 @ Sun, 2 Jun 2019 - 01:02) *
...….Indeed, real coppers (as opposed to the safety camera brigade) will be more interested in serious offences. It was 5 or 6 years back but there's been an episode of motorway cops where they clock someone doing 88 mph, look at the cameraman and say "well, we're looking for people who are going to kill someone, there's no point in going after someone doing 80-85".

IIRC they then went after the guy who was doing 100+ instead.



Certainly seemed that way back in pre camera days.

80-85 on motorway, unlikely to be pulled unless stupid to be doing that speed or cops were bored.
85-95.... if pulled, good chance of getting away with a warning.
95 plus... if pulled, lucky to escape without points.

Plus the comments from one traffic cop on a fly on the wall show...
They were behind someone doing 80-85.
"If they haven't seen a fully marked cop car behind them, they aren't paying enough attention at that speed, time to pull them"
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