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I read this Associated Press article in my local paper and found it amusing.....

BLACK DIAMOND, Alberta (AP) - He was drying off his freshly washed car.
That's what the Canadian man told the Mounties when they stopped him doing 180 kilometers per hour (112 mph) south on Highway 22 south of Black Diamond, Alberta in Western Canada. The driver, a 67-year-old who lives in the area, was in court Monday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Tuesday the judge fined the man $800 and suspended him from driving for 45 days.

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#1 - How could you give a guy a ticket with that story? I mean A+ for creativity. If I was the cop, I would have said slow down and quit being stupid! I'm telling your wife!

#2 - 800$ and suspended license for 112 mph? Just another example of "THE MAN" trying to quash our right to go fast! Breaking the ton around here will cost you a C note and a tongue lashing.....800$ and a suspension.....I don't think so....let's be reasonable!


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I use my leaf blower the blows 100 mph and the car stands still. No ticket for me.
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BLACK DIAMOND, Alberta (AP) - He was drying off his freshly washed car.
..doing 180 kilometers per hour (112 mph)
You're telling us you don't?? How else are you meant to do it?
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#2 - 800$ and suspended license for 112 mph?
In the UK, being caught doing over 100mph is an automatic 60 day ban

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this comes up pretty regularly as an excuse:

http://windsor.ctvnews.ca/speeding-c...icle-1.1282798

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A 52-year-old man pulled over for speeding told police he had just washed his car and was trying to dry it out.
Chatham-Kent OPP say he was going 143 km/hour in a posted 80 km/hour zone on Highway 40 just south of Fairview Line Wednesday morning.
http://arbroath.blogspot.co.uk/2006/...g-wet-car.html

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Police confiscated the car and driver's license of a Dutchman caught speeding who said he only wanted to dry his car after he had washed it.
yet to hear of anyone getting away with it as an excuse though

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I use my leaf blower the blows 100 mph and the car stands still. No ticket for me.
225mph on mine, really good way of drying w/o touching the paint too much. On a silver car, you can dry it with a microfiber cloth but with a black car. You want to touch the paint as least as possible so that you don't cause any swirls.

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If you're driving over 100 mph and receive a ticket you deserve it. The likelihood of being involved in an accident is exponentially higher. Imagine being involved in an accident where the other driver was driving at an excessive speed and you are completely innocent and 100% not at fault for the accident. It'll change your perspective in a nanosecond. Trust me, I know.
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I use my leaf blower the blows 100 mph and the car stands still. No ticket for me.
So do I!!! ..seriously I do

And I use it to get all the dog hair out of the jeep. Open up all 4 doors, turn it on..and in 5 minutes the hair is out the other side


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If you're driving over 100 mph and receive a ticket you deserve it. The likelihood of being involved in an accident is exponentially higher. Imagine being involved in an accident where the other driver was driving at an excessive speed and you are completely innocent and 100% not at fault for the accident. It'll change your perspective in a nanosecond. Trust me, I know.
it's never as simple as that.

I'd take someone driving a car capable of doing 150+mph, paying full attention to their surroundings over someone distracted, in a car that is at the limit of its design, any day of the week.

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..funny when these debates pop up, no one talks about TRAINING...
...as well, this chap was 67 - were his skills still sharp? eyesight? reaction time?
....what about the myriad idiots around him?

Gotta say, Mounties have damn fast horses!


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If you're driving over 100 mph and receive a ticket you deserve it. The likelihood of being involved in an accident is exponentially higher. Imagine being involved in an accident where the other driver was driving at an excessive speed and you are completely innocent and 100% not at fault for the accident. It'll change your perspective in a nanosecond. Trust me, I know.
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Oh Oh, here we go! Be nice gentlemen
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Great mature response. I appreciate your fallacy of personal attack--NOT. I thought this was a forum for mature dialog and not childish banter. Maybe it's time for your nap.
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Well, I was hoping this would not escalate but it did. So here is the forum rule excerpt:

3. Stay respectful. If you feel something negative towards a user/post, please try to state your case in a calm and respectable fashion. Replying to the post just to stir the pot and not offering anything of value is highly frowned upon.

Now we shall continue on in the original posters topic of blow drying our cars. Thank you
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it's never as simple as that.

I'd take someone driving a car capable of doing 150+mph, paying full attention to their surroundings over someone distracted, in a car that is at the limit of its design, any day of the week.
The likelihood of that happening where I live is slim to none.
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and by the way, I have done the fast driving "blow dry" method on a black car before, and it doesn't work too well -- there were water streaks all over

it worked much better to get something like the california water blade (or whatever it's called)
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The likelihood of that happening where I live is slim to none.
I'm not quite sure what you meant by that.

Are you saying you live somewhere where people who drive fast, but well within the confines of their car's capabilities, are incapable of focus - or everyone who drives fast there is distracted and at the ragged edge of their car's design?

The german autobahn doesn't live in a physics bubble, and yet those derestricted stretches of road are perfectly capable of hosting a high volume of cars traveling well in excess of 100 mph all day long.

That should set alarm bells ringing for trying to build an argument based on speed alone.

I like to look at data, so here's a link to the UK reported road casualties report 2011

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Failed to look properly was again the most frequently reported contributory factor and was reported in 42 per cent of all accidents reported to the police in 2011. Four of the five most frequently reported contributory factors involved driver or rider error or reaction. For fatal accidents the most frequently reported contributory factor was loss of control, which was involved in 34 per cent of fatal accidents.

 For accidents where a pedestrian was injured or killed; Pedestrian failed to look properly was reported in 59 per cent of accidents, and pedestrian careless, reckless or in a hurry was reported in 25 per cent of accidents.

Exceeding the speed limit was reported as a factor in 5 per cent of accidents, but these accidents involved 14 per cent of fatalities. At least one of exceeding the speed limit and travelling too fast for the conditions was reported in 12 per cent of all accidents and these accidents accounted for 25 per cent of all fatalities.

Over 60 per cent of fatalities in reported road accidents had driver or rider error or reaction (which included failing to look properly, loss of control and sudden braking), reported as a contributory factor leading to the accident.
Another way to read that data is that exceeding the speed limit was not a factor in 95% of accidents.

And the 5% where it was a factor does not differentiate for the car's capabilities, the driver's focus, or the surroundings (eg 50mph in a heavily populated 30mph zone vs 100mph with good visibility out in the middle of nowhere).

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Wow......sorry I stirred the chowder with my orginal post. Mainly, I thought the whole car drying incident a little humerous and had no intention of creating controversy or extra work for the the honorable Moderators.


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