On Fri, 24 Mar 1995, Michael Spiers wrote:
> every morning on the Capital Beltway (495) I blow by a cop at around 80 MPH,
> always in the same spot. Of course, I'm about ten feet from the guy in front
> of me, and the guy behind me is so close I can't see his bumper, and all four
> lanes are about the same. I guess they figure they won't screw with the flow
> of traffic, just out to get those that are exceeding the flow...
That is something that I just can't understand. I realize that ruch hour
is a dangerous time both for motorists and for cops (accidents,etc.).
I made a 300 mile round trip to an auto-x last Sunday. I was going to
the event, car loaded, about 7:30-9:30am and there was no one on the
road. I kept the speeds modest, and felt like I was all alone and
someone was watching me. I passed a few cops, one of which was hiding on
the other side of a bridge, and nearly missed getting a ticket.
Coming home, there was wall-to-wall traffic that was moving 75-85mph and
not a cop in sight. No worrys.
If the cops (Hi Patrol) are really there to maintain the flow of traffic
like they should be, shouldn't there be *more* of a presence during busy
hours? Wouldn't it stand to reason that I am much more likely to hit or
get hit when there is a group of cars going 80mph 2feet apart than early
Sunday morning going about 90mph "all by myself"?
Although I respect a good cop, I suspect it has more to do with whether
of not they *can* catch you, ie. a "loner" is easy prey.
--Whew, feel better now,