I got my first speeding ticket in ages on Labor Day, blasting down Highway 17 by Lexington Reservoir at 7 a.m.
The music was blasting. There was no traffic. I was heading to the airport to pick up beloved friends and I swear officer, 85 felt like 55 to me and was just as safe.
Yeah, right. He was so all business, it wasn't even worth a try.
If I had the time and guts, I'd to fight this one in court. Doesn't the law say that the speed limit is what's safe under road conditions?
No other cars, early sober morning, and driving well above the posted limit was just fine. Well, not for the CHP officer tucked away on a little dirt road above the last quarter of the hill into Los Gatos. He had a cottage industry picking off suckers like me.
Anyway, I'm afraid fighting the ticket would be like those guys who claim the Constitution doesn't mention the IRS and refuse to pay taxes. I've never heard of a happy ending for them.
There are places closer to home where it's almost impossible not to speed. and yes, the cops are well aware of them.
Heading down on Bay from UCSC, no one gets down to 30 m.p.h. fast enough, and the motorcycle officers are often there to help out.
Yeah, there are no quotas, they swear. But I have trouble believing they would keep their jobs if on their yearly evaluations the number of speeding tickets was what we would think of as refreshingly low.
There are spots where everyone seems to speed, not always safely.
I've seen too many race car drivers bear down on the Fishhook like they were in the last turn at Indy. And Portola Road, heading past the library and radio station and up that hill, can look like a nice spot to punch it.
The Sheriff's Department has come up with a nice way to slow people on the straightaway through the Cabrillo campus, by leaving an empty car there. At least, you hope it's empty if you are speeding.
Don't even get me started on that hill down into Watsonville. A just society would just make the limit 85 there and let us have some fun.
Where are the places you see the most speeders getting away with it? And where are the most dangerous curves where you'd like to see more cops keeping things in check?