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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-01-2004, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Motorcyclists break 160 mph on I-459

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Motorcyclists break 160 mph on I-459
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
GINNY MacDONALD
News staff writer

Early Tuesday, state trooper Chris Haynes stopped two motorcyclists on Interstate 459 near U.S. 280. One was going 167 mph and the other 165 mph.

Also Tuesday morning, state trooper Sgt. Tim Sartain stopped a woman for going 90 mph on Interstate 65 in north Jefferson County. She said she was late for work.

Danger and death on the highways were the main reasons Gov. Bob Riley announced a statewide crackdown on speeding last week. Alabama is on a pace for 1,300 highway fatalities this year, about 300 more than a year ago. Friday, on the first day of the crackdown, troopers wrote 579 tickets within 12 hours on I-65.

State troopers across the state say they are seeing more speeders, including super-charged motorcycles capable of speeds up to 180 mph.

A few days ago, a trooper on U.S. 231 near Ozark clocked a motorcyclist going 130 mph. When he tried to pull the cyclist over, the cyclist took off, hit a car and lost an arm in the wreck.

The I-459 cyclists were ticketed for reckless driving just after midnight. If convicted, they could serve five to 90 days in jail or pay fines of $25 to $500.

Under Alabama law, state troopers cannot arrest a motorist for a traffic violation. An arrest can be made only if a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is a suspected felon, has failed to appear in court or is involved in a wreck that causes injury or death.

Chasing the super-cycles is not always worth it, state trooper Cpl. Spencer Collier of Mobile said.

"My dealings with the motorcycles is that about one out of three is going to run when you try to stop them. Pursuing them is too dangerous. It is not worth somebody dying over it," he said.

A motorcyclist once popped a wheelie in front of Collier's patrol car. "It's almost to a point where they try to antagonize law enforcement," he said.

Troopers say the safety of other motorists and themselves comes into play when deciding whether to chase a speeder.

"It's aggravating at times. We don't want to let anybody get away, but if it is safer, we do. It's a tough call to make," Collier said.

In 2003, 51 people were killed and 949 injured in motorcycle wrecks in Alabama.

Collier, also a state legislator, said a bill to make it a felony to attempt to elude a police officer has failed in the Legislature.

"Alabama is one of the few states where all you can do is write a ticket," he said.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-01-2004, 11:19 AM
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160mph AFTER midnight! I hate going over 100 when it's dark out.

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For the legal authorities, I meant 100kph (wink, wink).

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shit, I should move to Alabama
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what for? i'd be surprise if you bike hit 120! hahahahaha!

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Why? So, you can marry your sister? Yeah, I saw the way you two were looking at each other.

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Shit, I used to live near US231 near Ozark. That's one of our old roads I used to ride all the time.

I know quite a few riders who run from the cops. Its easy to lose one's self on all of those twisy back roads.

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what for? i'd be surprise if you bike hit 120! hahahahaha!
but i can go 120 and still not get arrested!

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I wonder if I could hold back the laughter if I got pulled over for 160 and only ended up with a ticket and a $25 fine... Poor cops.

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First I'l say this....it's friggen Alabama! Why their stats count against the nations totals I don't know, but we need an exception.

Next, about the guy who was doing 130 and lost an arm in the crash it says that he "took off". Now if you're doing 130, do you really need to speed up to out run the cops? I mean isn't 130 gonna more or less do the job? Cuz at that speed the cop's gotta go above 130 to catch you? But then again I wasn't very good at physics anyway
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ya, um...my speed limiter is set at 190 mph out the box from factory and I NEVER would go that fast on a publice highway with no traffic on it.

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I wonder if I could hold back the laughter if I got pulled over for 160 and only ended up with a ticket and a $25 fine... Poor cops.
it would be damn hard for me.. i would get ticket.. and then leaving the cop on the rear tire and get her up to 160 again..

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