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#1 Old 08-25-2011
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Exclamation What about the other guy?

You might be the greatest driver in the country, but what about the grinning clown sitting in the gaudy ricer at the stop light next to you? If he loses control and kills someone, you may be charged with the death along with him!

Check out this story from just a couple of miles from me. That 54 year old driver could be any of us. Just some food for thought.

"Two charged after race across Narrows Bridge results in injury crash"

August 12, 2011

Pierce County prosecutors have charged two men in connection with a high-speed race on state Route 16 near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge last month that ended in a crash and left two bystanders injured.

Prosecutors allege Richard Hernandez Vadillo, 21, and Peter F. Hungate, 54, raced eastbound from the Narrows Bridge toll plaza. They crossed the bridge at speeds between 85 and 100 mph the night of July 1, court documents state. Vadillo was driving a black BMW; Hungate a white Porsche.

When Vadillo tried to pass the Porsche near Jackson Avenue, he struck the back of a gold Honda Accord, court documents state. The Honda rolled and came to a rest on its top.

The two women inside the Honda were injured and treated at a local hospital. Vadillo and a passenger in his car also were injured.

Troopers suspected Vadillo might be intoxicated because his eyes were red and watery and his breath smelled of alcohol. His blood alcohol level was .08, court documents state.

Prosecutors charged Vadillo last month with vehicular assault. He pleaded not guilty.

The Porsche didn't stop. Washington State Patrol troopers identified Hungate as the driver after reviewing surveillance video from the toll plaza, interviewing witnesses and contacting a Porsche dealership in Tacoma, court documents state.

Prosecutors charged Hungate with vehicular assault and failure to remain at the scene of an injury accident. He pleaded not guilty during a court appearance today and was released on his own recognizance.
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Public roads are no place for racing, or excessive speed, regardless of the situation.
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Public roads are no place for racing, or excessive speed, regardless of the situation.
Totally agree, although, I tend to reach the legal speed limit (+/- 3mph) rather quickly at times.....
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Totally agree, you shouldn't be speeding even if you are in an SLK. I don't speed, just don't take me long to reach the speed limit.
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We have this problem in Phoenix alot. Young Kids racing down the street with there Hondas about a month ago a mother and her young child lost there Lifes because off some dumb asses racing.
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I think the posts here typically describes SLK drivers. If racing was important to most of us, we'd have purchased a Boxster or Z4, which have a faster 0-60. But, as one reviewer put it, the SLK is for those who want 2 cups of luxury and 1 1/2 cups of performance. Boxster and Z4 owners prefer 2 cups of performance and 1 cup of luxury.

I did put a 9500ci in my car - not because I race, but because I don't want to be the one singled out for a ticket when I'm going 75, as are all the other drivers, on a 65 speed limit highway.

This story reminds me of one related to me by my ex-wife. She was stopped behind this van, which appeared to be stopped for no good reason at all. While my ex waited patiently, the car behind her didn't. It zipped around into the other lane, pissed off and flooring the car to let the van driver know he was irritated. At that time a mother with her two year old child, who were crossing a pedestrian walk, was just making it past the van. The impatient driver hit the child and killed him. Remember, if someone is stopped for "no apparent reason", there just might be a reason.

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we'd have purchased a Boxster or Z4, which have a faster 0-60.
Neither the Z4 nor the Boxster have a quicker 0-60 mph (otherwise i might have been in one of them) than my SLK 55.


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Like I said, food for thought. When I read the article in my local paper, it really struck a note.

As for the Z4, I test drove one before I found my 55. cyberdrakon's right, the 55 blew it away!
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you shouldn't race on public highways, but everyone speeds or breaks driving laws. You're a fool or a liar if you declare otherwise. Many times following the speed limit is exactly what will get you hurt or killed.

Racing should be done at drag strips or the track, but there are roads out there where it's reasonably safe to do so. "stoplight to stoplight" in an urban area isn't one of them.

I am not a fan of speed limits at all. I believe in drivers using their own judgement. The speed limits gives drivers a false sense of security and not all vehicles are equal driving at that speed. A sports car doing 90 on an open road is probably safer than a semi going at 55 on the same open road. Yet, the speed limit lumps all vehicle types and drivers into one huge category.
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Racing and speeding are totally different things. I agree that racing should be done under controlled conditions like a track or out of service airport runway. Speeding in populated areas is just inviting disaster!

However, I don't see 70mph on a 65mph rural interstate being a major criminal act. Conversely, my county road has a 55mph speed limit, but I normally travel the 1 mile distance at 30-35 mph because there are homes with children along the road.


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I agree Gregg. In fact, I would estimate that 95% of the population speeds. It's called "keeping up with the flow of traffic".

The main point of my posting this thread was to take into consideration how the mistakes of someone else can have serious consequences.

One example I can think of. I'm at a light with a guy in a fast car in the other lane. My intention is to accelerate as fast as I can just until I hit the speed limit. Unbeknownst to me, his intention is to nail it and win a race. He loses control, causes an accident and from the perspective of the drivers (witnesses) behind us, we were both racing so I end up being charged with the same offenses he is.

Just some food for thought.
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Neither the Z4 nor the Boxster have a quicker 0-60 mph (otherwise i might have been in one of them) than my SLK 55.
Just out of curiosity, what is your 0-60 time? I've heard the Z4 gets 4.3 secs. So, I'd be very surprised if your car beats that. At least that's the published time for the sDrive35is.

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Just out of curiosity, what is your 0-60 time? I've heard the Z4 gets 4.3 secs. So, I'd be very surprised if your car beats that. At least that's the published time for the sDrive35is.

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0-60 on my car is right about 4.3 seconds as well. Stock SLK 55s have been repeatedly confirmed to run 4.3 0-60 runs, with the main problem being traction...my car is a little bit lighter, and traction isn't much of a problem for me.

The sDrive35is wasn't out when i was shopping for my car, and most mags have tested to 4.5, so it's kind of splitting hairs here. At the time, the top spec Z4 was the M, which had a 0-60 around 5 seconds, so 4.3 for the SLK 55 was noticeably faster.
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9500cu in....it must be a marine diesel...that's 155litres apparently.
I agree with most posts above. Driving a bit above the posted limit (20% is accepted here in Ontario) is not beyond most peoples' limits - or their cars.
The example of the van above - if you've stopped for a reason other than a traffic signal I believe you are required to put on your hazard lights.
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Only some of the z4 models are pretty fast (Z4 M). I think it has a pretty fast 0-60 time, but not as fast as the slk55. But 1/4 mile times are slower. Perhaps the newest performance model is different, i dont know.

I'd be really surprised if the boxster was anywhere near the SLK. If it is, it must be the newest performance S model or something because that car is typically gutless.
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9500cu in....it must be a marine diesel...that's 155litres apparently.
My bad, as the youngsters say. I meant the Escort Passport 9500ci (radar detector and laser shifter).
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I knew there'd be a logical explanation!! Too bad detectors are illegal up here.
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