Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Ewa Beach, Hawaii
This post is not on wether I should pay or not; I'm will pay because I know I was speeding. My intention is to get yuor opinion on the way it was handled. Here are the facts:
Typical Sunday morning ride, about 13 riders. After a 16 mile ride we made it to our spot, Pali HWY. An uphill four lane hwy, about 3-4 miles long with some nice long turns. We took off, don't know the speed but I remember thinking "Why Am I not going faster?" In addition, the guy behind me passed me like a rocket in his 1098. At that point I became fifth in the group. It is a 45MPH zone, I beleive I was doing between 70 to 80 (reason why I'm paying and not complaining, here 30MPH over is automatic reckeless driving, impound, and jail). When we made it to the top, ready to turn and go back down, TURN OF YOUR BIKES AND GET OFF!!!! GOD, is that you talking to me, is this a sign? GET OFF YOUR BIKES!!!!! Well it was not God:headshake Out of the 13 riders, seven of us made it to the top before the cop, in the balck-no markings-no lights-camaro, stopped us. He only wanted the first four and remember, I was fifth. Neither of the three additional riders to include me could get out of the area. Here we go, ussual license-registration-insurance. Within 5 minutes we had three other patrol cars and four motorcycle officers. Everyone got a ticket for $97, but here is the odd part, the officer who stopped us did not issue all the tickets. It was divided between all of them. The one who issued mine told he did not know what happened, or how fast I was going, he did it based on the report from the original officer who admitted not using the speed gun, but gaged it by the speed in his car. By the way, he said he had to go 80MPH finally catch up to us , not to measure our speed. After we got our prize we realized that rider number two did not get a ticket because he did not give his information to the officer. Lucky guy since he did not have registration tag or papers, insurance card, or safety inspection. Ironically, one of the officers told him to fix his license plate because it was to far up, but did not notice the lack of registration tag. We left and noticed a ton of cops all around the typical riding spot, so we decided to take it easy. We got stopped two more times. One of the riders was told to tow his bike home because it did not look safe. On the way home, we rode in formation staggered, same speed to avoid problems. Two officers in motorcycles cut thru our formation and stopped the second rider and one from the middle. What the heck for???? What happenned now???? That's what the rest of us wondered. We stooped half mile down to wait when, guess what????, another police officer showed up asking for our papers!!!! One of the riders talked to the officer and after a couple minutes we found out, it was sport bike ticket weekend!!!. Police department received a complints from drivers about idiots in sport bikes hitting their car side mirrors. I'll be mad too!!! Long story. What do you think???