I Wonder: Why do I get a speeding ticket if I am in the flow of traffic?

I Wonder: Why do I get a speeding ticket if I am in the flow of traffic?

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I Wonder: Why do I get a speeding ticket if I am in the flow of traffic?

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING5.com

KING5.com

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 21 at 11:37 AM

You can call it commuting common sense. You can call it an unwritten rule of the road.

If I am going 70 mph in a 60 mph zone, I won't get pulled over as long as I am going with the flow of traffic, right?
Well, maybe.
Whether or not you avoid having those flashing lights show up behind you may be a case of dumb luck. But don't think using the excuse of "I wasn't going any faster than the other guy" is going to get you out of it.
Still, you may wonder why it's you that gets pulled over and not the other guy.
"You're taking chances if you choose to speed," says Washington State Trooper Keith Leary. He says just because you think you're going the same speed as everyone else, it doesn't mean you actually are.
"You may be in a 3, 4, 5 mile-per-hour difference with the other car. You may not notice the difference. With the radar (police) have now, they can tell who may be going the faster of the group," says Leary.
It often is simpler than that. Leary says if a trooper just happens to point the radar at you and you are speeding, you'll get pulled over – even if the person in front of you is going just as fast.
Leary's advice is simple.
"You have a speedometer in your car, you know what the speed limit is," he says. "Abide by that speed limit and you won't have a problem."

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