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    An automotive journalist who lives in DC just finished serving a weekend in lockup for doing 93mph in a 55mph on Route 211 (Lee Highway!) near Culpeper while road testing the new tuned Camero. Based on his writing, which is a marvelous example of people being able to go through an intense experience while learning absolutely nothing from it, he should consider an alternate career. Hopefully his new insurance rates will make that a necessity very soon.

    What's really galling though are all the comments defending someone going 180% of a posted speed limit.

    Never Speed In Virginia: Lessons From My Three Days In Jail
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    He should have served an extra day because Chevy.

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    An automotive journalist who lives in DC just finished serving a weekend in lockup for doing 93mph in a 55mph on Route 211 (Lee Highway!) near Culpeper while road testing the new tuned Camero. Based on his writing, which is a marvelous example of people being able to go through an intense experience while learning absolutely nothing from it, he should consider an alternate career. Hopefully his new insurance rates will make that a necessity very soon.

    What's really galling though are all the comments defending someone going 180% of a posted speed limit.

    Never Speed In Virginia: Lessons From My Three Days In Jail
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    Of course it's Patrick George. I read Jalopnik regularly, and the auto-dudebro-ness makes me enjoy it less and less...but his articles seems to be the auto-douchiest of them all.

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    Really, really crazy. Speed limits are set absurdly low, 45 mph on some highways. Radar detectors are illegal, and cops have devices to detect them. And if you get caught going over 80 mph at all, that's automatically a reckless driving charge.

    Actually we have freeways with with limits as high as 70MPH, and loads and loads of rural roads with limits of 55 (like the one he was on) which is in line with most states. 45MPH are usually suburban arterials or parkways or have other reasons for not being 55. In fact, IIUC the Commonwealth does not allow localities to set limits below 25MPH even on local streets in residential areas, and it virtually makes speed cameras illegal. And IIUC he is incorrect that going 80 MPH on an interstate would automatically get a reckless driving charge. But 93, on a non-interstate posted at 55?

    What a first class jerk.

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    Undoubtedly, it was on the four lane divided highway west of Warrenton. Any auto writer worth his salt should know that road is notorious for speed enforcement.

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    80+ is automatic reckless in VA. See Paragraph (iv) below:

    Virginia Code Section 46.2-862. Exceeding speed limit - A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (i) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit where the applicable speed limit is thirty miles per hour or less, (ii) at a speed of sixty miles per hour or more where the applicable maximum speed limit is thirty-five miles per hour, (iii) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limits where the applicable maximum speed limit is forty miles per hour or more, or (iv) in excess of eighty miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit).

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    Sympathy: none

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    Reminds me of the guy (a Georgetown law student) who was caught driving 126 mph on the GW Parkway in 2006.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...051101829.html

    According to the article, two motorcyclists were clocked in 2005 at 160 mph on the parkway! They were never caught. (Have to wonder if they didn't end up killing themselves in crashes since that time.)

    Then there's these people boasting about driving at 100 mph+ on the parkway, also in 2006.

    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...?t-645829.html

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    My favorite is from the comments
    but not going faster than 80 on 495 or 95 is down right impossible most places.

    Yep.. you just can't possibly do less than 80 on 495. I'm thinking to myself, you're lucky if you can do 30 on 495 during large parts of the day...

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    I love the motorists who claim that they're too scared to slow down because someone might hit them. I'm thinking, "wtf do you have to be afraid of? paint scratches?"

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