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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

Soulskill posted about 6 months ago | from the thank-you-for-endangering-so-many-people dept.

Transportation 666

New submitter The Grim Reefer sends this quote from CNN: "[Ed] Bolian set out on a serious mission to beat the record for driving from New York to Los Angeles. The mark? Alex Roy and David Maher's cross-country record of 31 hours and 4 minutes, which they set in a modified BMW M5 in 2006. ... He went into preparation mode about 18 months ago and chose a Mercedes CL55 AMG with 115,000 miles for the journey. The Benz's gas tank was only 23 gallons, so he added two 22-gallon tanks in the trunk, upping his range to about 800 miles. ... To foil the police, he installed a switch to kill the rear lights and bought two laser jammers and three radar detectors. He commissioned a radar jammer, but it wasn't finished in time for the trek. There was also a police scanner, two GPS units and various chargers for smartphones and tablets -- not to mention snacks, iced coffee and a bedpan. ... The total time: 28 hours, 50 minutes and about 30 seconds. ... When they were moving, which, impressively, was all but 46 minutes of the trip, they were averaging around 100 mph. Their total average was 98 mph, and their top speed was 158 mph, according to an onboard tracking device."

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Whoosh! (5, Funny)

dtmos (447842) | about 6 months ago | (#45303167)

I'm pretty sure this guy passes me every day on the way to the office.

Re:Whoosh! (3, Funny)

Gravis Zero (934156) | about 6 months ago | (#45303379)

I'm pretty sure this guy passes me every day on the way to the office.

off the road, grandpa!

Re:Whoosh! (4, Funny)

Thud457 (234763) | about 6 months ago | (#45303451)

pssst!... buddy... you can get Coors East of the Mississippi these days at any grocery store.

Re: Whoosh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303671)

Except in NJ where its illegal for most grocery stores to sell alcohol.

Re:Whoosh! (5, Funny)

lgw (121541) | about 6 months ago | (#45303675)

The best part of the first Cannonball Run was the team that used an ambulance for the race (wasn't that Burt Reynold's character?). Csaba Csere [wikipedia.org] actually did this in the real Cannonball Run! He said it worked perfectly - they had no trouble from the law, and would have won except the ambulance blew it's transmission as they approached the west coast. (Hey guys, next time don't stop in San Francisco to blow a tranny.)

Re:Whoosh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303767)

Didn't know it had actually been tried. I did know about the three "priests", who were none the less ticketed. But a normal van, if given enough power, would still be pretty unsafe at the speeds required to do the run in under 30 hours.

as a 2nd generation GT guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303201)

lemme be the 1st to say:

"if you wanna pimp a whip to bust the cannonball in under 29 hours you're at GEORGIA TECH - _YOU_ _CAN_ _DO_ _THAT_!!!"

Re:as a 2nd generation GT guy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303239)

Why do we keep giving that cut-rate podunk make-believe engineering school any credit for anything?

Insurance (5, Insightful)

dskoll (99328) | about 6 months ago | (#45303217)

I wonder if his insurance company will be hiking his premiums? Sounds like a risk-taker...

Re:Insurance (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 6 months ago | (#45303563)

Sounds to me like a guy who really goes all out to prepare for the worst. He did as much as he could to mitigate every likely risk (excepting only those that would have defeated the purpose of doing it)

Re:Insurance (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about 6 months ago | (#45303665)

Sounds to me like a guy who really goes all out to prepare for the worst. He did as much as he could to mitigate every likely risk (excepting only those that would have defeated the purpose of doing it)

Yet he still turned the wrong way down a one-way street because the GPS told him to.

If his difficulty finding a copilot wasn't an omen, Manhattan would deliver one. While scouting routes out of the city, a GPS unit told Bolian to take a right on red, in the wrong direction down a one-way road. He was quickly pulled over.

When will he be arrested? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303235)

Clear cut case of speeding and the guy even collected his own evidence.

Re:When will he be arrested? (3, Insightful)

twocows (1216842) | about 6 months ago | (#45303307)

This. Not only that, this is a clear case where he SHOULD be, if not arrested, at least fined heavily. This is clear cut reckless driving; speed limits are posted to keep the public safe. Stunts like this should not be pulled at the potential expense of other drivers on the road. We're all beholden to the same laws, whether you're trying to break a record or not.

Re:When will he be arrested? (5, Insightful)

kimvette (919543) | about 6 months ago | (#45303337)

No, highway speed limits, at least federal interstates, have speed limits for the purpose of generating revenue.

Re:When will he be arrested? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303453)

for the purpose of generating revenue.

Ah, one of those capitalists that believes that if something is related to money, that must be the one and only thing reason involved.

Re:When will he be arrested? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303497)

Says all those people who like to speed. As soon as you or someone you love gets killed or injured by a speeder, your tune will change.

Re:When will he be arrested? (5, Insightful)

tgd (2822) | about 6 months ago | (#45303593)

No, highway speed limits, at least federal interstates, have speed limits for the purpose of generating revenue.

Reckless driving is a criminal offense, not something you're fined for. Speeding fines are there to provide some disincentive to doing stupid things prior to going to jail for it.

Re:When will he be arrested? (5, Insightful)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | about 6 months ago | (#45303603)

What do federal interstates have to do with anything? The 55 mph limits were proposed by Nixon as a way to conserve gas during the first big oil crisis. The actual speed limits, enforcement, and ticket revenue are all handled at the state level- for interstates and every other road.

Re:When will he be arrested? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303655)

No. Look, relative speeds matter. If you're a cyclist moving at 5 MPH with traffic passing you at 70MPH, that's bad. If you're in a case at 70MPH being passed by a car at 80MPH...eh. If you're in a car at 70MPH being passed by a car at 150MPH, that's bad.

Worse, if 99% of the traffic is moving at the same relative speed, it's unexpected to have a car closing on you at 80MPH relative to you. When you check your mirrors before pulling out, you mentally allow that the car behind you isn't going to be closing on you at those speeds: you sure as shit can't tell what speed it's doing just from a glance in your mirror.

So no, this guy is an asshole.

Re:When will he be arrested? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303789)

Speed matters as well as differential speed. When you are going 30-40 mph faster than other cars, the probability of an accident increases. And when you rig you vehicle to cut the lights and put gas cans in the trunk, you are driving in an incredibly dangerous manner than posses a substantial risk to other motorists. So yes, he should be arrested and put in jail for several months.

Re:When will he be arrested? (0)

MrMickS (568778) | about 6 months ago | (#45303391)

This. Not only that, this is a clear case where he SHOULD be, if not arrested, at least fined heavily. This is clear cut reckless driving; speed limits are posted to keep the public safe. Stunts like this should not be pulled at the potential expense of other drivers on the road. We're all beholden to the same laws, whether you're trying to break a record or not.

The danger of speed varies dependent on the road conditions and traffic. There are ways to break limits safely, and it sounds like he took precautions with having spotters for him on the route. The greatest danger was to himself should he lose control at that speed.

Re:When will he be arrested? (4, Insightful)

Nerdfest (867930) | about 6 months ago | (#45303551)

If you've ever driven an older car, at speed, you'll understand why the speed limits were set where they are. Many feel very 'floaty' at 100 MPH, their brakes suck, and they weight too much. Cars now, even cheap ones, are much more capable of being controleled at those speeds. This still leaves the human factor, but on a highway it's minimized. They really should raise some speed limits.

Re:When will he be arrested? (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 6 months ago | (#45303749)

Yep, my parents 80s era Chevette was floaty at something like 60 mph. God speed if a gust of wind came up at the same time. I've literally changed lanes a few times.

It's an interesting concept since as you say modern cars are far more capable at greater speeds. The problem with speed isn't the speed itself, it's the wild differential between you and other traffic. If *everybody* is going 100 mph, it's not a huge deal. But a range from 55 - 100? Without serious training it isn't ever going to be safe. German's pay through the nose for their driving privilege and roads because they want to speed like that - and have rigorous rules about keeping right unless you're going the 'minimum' speed for the lane you want to get into.

US drivers trying this would be beyond hazardous. It would take most of a generation to get our driving skills up to the level necessary. (Except mine of course, *I* am a great driver! haha)

Re:When will he be arrested? (2)

hawguy (1600213) | about 6 months ago | (#45303701)

This. Not only that, this is a clear case where he SHOULD be, if not arrested, at least fined heavily. This is clear cut reckless driving; speed limits are posted to keep the public safe. Stunts like this should not be pulled at the potential expense of other drivers on the road. We're all beholden to the same laws, whether you're trying to break a record or not.

The danger of speed varies dependent on the road conditions and traffic. There are ways to break limits safely, and it sounds like he took precautions with having spotters for him on the route. The greatest danger was to himself should he lose control at that speed.

His spotters were 150 - 200 miles ahead of him. Even at 100mph, that's 90 - 120 minutes away. A lot can happen on the road in 90 minutes.

Re:When will he be arrested? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303321)

Good luck proving whether it was him or his co-driver actually behind the wheel at any given time.

Re:When will he be arrested? (0)

alen (225700) | about 6 months ago | (#45303389)

arrest all of them since everyone drove

and the idiot actually documented what seems to be illegal modifications to his car including the use of illegal devices to foil the police

Re:When will he be arrested? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303537)

The only state where radar detectors are illegal is Virginia.

Geez, what the hell, Slashdot? "illegal devices to foil the police"? You used to be smart. Next we'll have commenters saying that crypto is illegal.

Re:When will he be arrested? (5, Funny)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 6 months ago | (#45303605)

"We don't know when, we don't know where, but we know you did it!" doesn't hold up very well in court.

Re:When will he be arrested? (1)

tgd (2822) | about 6 months ago | (#45303647)

Good luck proving whether it was him or his co-driver actually behind the wheel at any given time.

To average 100mph with one person never breaking the speed limit, the average speed for the half the trip the guilty driver was driving would need to be around their top speed.

Re:When will he be arrested? (1)

tgd (2822) | about 6 months ago | (#45303503)

Clear cut case of speeding and the guy even collected his own evidence.

You can't (generally speaking) be arrested for speeding.

You can be arrested for reckless driving, though... and generally you can be even if you aren't caught in the act, like any other misdemeanor or felony.

So, yeah, posting about it online is stupid.

Re:When will he be arrested? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303679)

Not true. It depends on how fast one is going. Exceeding the speed limit by more than 25mph is generally considered to be "reckless driving" and can result in an arrest.

Hopefully the evidence that this joker has provided on himself will result in prosecution. Driving 3,000 miles at 100mph while also impaired (no sleep, trying to pee into a bedpan on the floor, etc, etc, etc) is clearly reckless and is a clear danger to others on the road. Combine that with equipping his car in a manner that I am sure is illegal should at least revoke this idiot's license, if not land him in jail for a while.

cannonball (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303255)

I'm gonna take these rosary bleeds and stick them right up your nose.

Very Illegal (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303261)

Why isn't this guy in jail?

Re:Very Illegal (2)

watcher-rv4 (2712547) | about 6 months ago | (#45303331)

Cops are busy chasing corrupt politicians.

Re:Very Illegal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303461)

What for? To have the case dismissed in court because they're friends with the judge?

Re: chasing corrupt politicians (1)

SpaceManFlip (2720507) | about 6 months ago | (#45303717)

Very nice troll there, and I surely wish it was the truth. +100 Internets to you watcher

fuckin' politicians - worst enemy causing the most harm to our country in existence. I believe at least 3/5 of congress is on the take (taking bribes for their votes, in case you don't understand)

Re:Very Illegal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303505)

Simple - as in Jersey, everything's legal unless you get caught.

Great, now arrest em. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303271)

Confiscate the car too.

Re:Great, now arrest em. (1)

TWX (665546) | about 6 months ago | (#45303399)

Sounds like he picked something that, while impressive in its stats on paper, was worn out and close to end-of-life. If he totaled it out or got it confiscated he wasn't exactly going to cry over it.

Re:Great, now arrest em. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 6 months ago | (#45303713)

Yeah, great he minimized the risk to himself while endangering every other road user. What a jackass.

So, in court .. (1)

arisvega (1414195) | about 6 months ago | (#45303289)

.. will he plead guilty?

Re:So, in court .. (1)

jxander (2605655) | about 6 months ago | (#45303433)

Nope. 5th Amendment.

He doesn't have to testify against himself, and the cops have no way to actually prove that he was behind the wheel at any given time

Re:So, in court .. (4, Insightful)

luckymutt (996573) | about 6 months ago | (#45303635)

Except that he's already made a public confession and documented publicly as well. They may not be able to compel him to testify against himself, but everything he's publicly said and displayed is freely admissible.

yeah, thanks (1)

Speare (84249) | about 6 months ago | (#45303299)

As the "dept" byline heading says, thanks for endangering so many people.

My grandfather was a leadfoot, and crossed from NC to AZ a couple times a year under 48 hours. My dad was to follow him in a second vehicle once, and ended up slowing down and going his own pace, when he saw just how irresponsibly granddad was rushing things just for the sake of rushing. Grandpa never killed anyone but I'm sure it's been very close a couple of times.

Re:yeah, thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303673)

Moonshine?

Irresponsible jerk. (5, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | about 6 months ago | (#45303303)

Driving like a fool puts everyone on the road near him in danger. He should be sitting in jail, and lose his license.

Re:Irresponsible jerk. (5, Interesting)

TWX (665546) | about 6 months ago | (#45303585)

It's possible to go fast and not be terribly dangerous. In an urban area where the freeway speed limits are 65MPH, traffic flows at 75-80MPH normally. On rural Interstate highways, the speed limit is commonly 75MPH and traffic definitely bumps up against 85MPH, and some states have speed limits in the 85MPH range.

If he was driving 100MPH in a 75MPH zones, then he was only 33% above the speed limit. He also picked a vehicle designed for high-speed, Autobahn driving, meant to handle at those speeds, and I expect that his route intentionally avoided metro areas as much as possible to avoid both extra law enforcement and extra traffic. I can attest to my part of the country, it would not be that hard to go 150MPH in some areas without particularly endangering anyone but one's self, as there are long stretches of straight road with little to no usage. I wouldn't recommend it from a personal safety standpoint, but if one were to wreck in those areas it'd probably be a one-car accident.

Re: "Driving like a fool" (2, Insightful)

SpaceManFlip (2720507) | about 6 months ago | (#45303763)

Sounds to me like he "drove like a genius" instead of a fool, because he made it _literally_ from one end of our vast nation to the other at top speed without hurting himself or anyone else AND he didn't get caught while obviously breaking the law. Not exactly the kind of "fool" you hear of on those Dumb Crook News segments in the media

Rail? (2)

intermodal (534361) | about 6 months ago | (#45303335)

It seems like if you can do this with a car, where there are traffic laws and speed limits, there's no good reason why a NY-LA bullet train wouldn't work.

Re:Rail? (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 6 months ago | (#45303455)

Except cost (and profitability, if you're a Republican and think it should be less subsidized than the roads).

Re:Rail? (1)

intermodal (534361) | about 6 months ago | (#45303691)

My subtle jab at the inability of the US to build and sustain high speed passenger rail seems to have been lost in the text format. There was nothing this trip accomplished that was cheaper than flying. Even on a fairly plush ticket. Mildly interesting, sure, but this trip was largely just stupid.

Re:Rail? (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | about 6 months ago | (#45303747)

Except cost (and profitability, if you're a Republican and think it should be less subsidized than the roads).

A 29-hour coast-to-coast bullet train isn't competing with roads. It's competing with 5-hour coast-to-coast air travel. The unpleasantness and other limitations and subsidies of air travel notwithstanding, a bullet train which takes ~6x as long will also need to have a price-per-trip that's at least somewhat competitive with coast-to-coast air travel for most people to bother considering it.

Notably, the extant US passenger rail system is not very competitive with air travel on most routes outside of the Boston-Washington corridor.

Re:Rail? (2)

Z_A_Commando (991404) | about 6 months ago | (#45303755)

It's not that it wouldn't work, it's that it's too expensive to build new rail lines, especially out of the east coast. If you want to use existing rail lines, those are all owned by a hodgepodge of different companies who (rightly or wrongly) give their freight trains priority. This is why Amtrak is so slow, because they don't have priority on the main line (along with stopping at every station between here and their destination). None of those rail lines are permitted by law to offer intra-city passenger service (commuter rail excepted). This is why everyone in the US either drives or flies to their destination.

Too bad there wasn't a legal route. (4, Interesting)

jellomizer (103300) | about 6 months ago | (#45303347)

In the Land of the Free and the Home of the brave, They needed to add a lot of cowardly countermeasures to make sure the were not caught and imprisoned, for what was in essence a joy ride.

If there was a way to go, I am going to do this stunt, I am expected to be at these locations between these times, and make sure the police give us enough room and clear out traffic. Sure it may require a little extra money say an traditional $10k to pay for the expense of blocking off the roads for the time.
But Risk taking should be rewarded, not punished, especially if you are willing to work with the system.

Re:Too bad there wasn't a legal route. (4, Informative)

rhazz (2853871) | about 6 months ago | (#45303437)

Do you think $10k will really cover the planning/cost/hassle of shutting down 2,803 miles of road?

Re:Too bad there wasn't a legal route. (2)

jellomizer (103300) | about 6 months ago | (#45303555)

Well they were going so fast, they wouldn't need to do it for long. That is $344 an hour.

Re:Too bad there wasn't a legal route. (2)

NeverWorker1 (1686452) | about 6 months ago | (#45303609)

Traditional $10K? I'm not a traffic cop, but this tradition of paying $10K to shut down 2,200 miles of interstate is new to me. Also, why should we encourage people to take risks just to take risks? Having a bankruptcy system encourages the risk taking involved in entrepreneurship, which is generally a good thing. This, however, is just taking risks to look cool while shutting down roads for his stunt would inconvenience many others.

As a Georgia Tech Alumnus (5, Insightful)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 6 months ago | (#45303369)

This guy ought to be ashamed of himself. IMHO he does not represent the character, integrity, or mission of Georgia Tech, it's students, alumni, faculty, staff, or administration.

There are right ways and wrong ways to do things, and this most certainly was the wrong way.

Re:As a Georgia Tech Alumnus (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303541)

STFU you little patheti snovveling bitch.

Re:As a Georgia Tech Alumnus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303547)

IMHO he does not represent the character, integrity, or mission of Georgia Tech, it's students, alumni, faculty, staff, or administration.

You are taking the college way too seriously.

Re:As a Georgia Tech Alumnus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303685)

Many technical colleges teach their students the difference between its and it's.

Is this really something we want to celebrate? (2, Insightful)

JDG1980 (2438906) | about 6 months ago | (#45303397)

Look, we all know everyone speeds. 5-10 MPH over the speed limit is socially acceptable and tacitly condoned (it's rare to get pulled over by the cops for that, unless they want to bust you for some unrelated reason). But this is entirely different – it seems to be a clear case of reckless driving. On most interstates, you can do 75 MPH no problem, and on the better ones, 85 MPH is reasonable during the daytime if there is no inclement weather. There are a few interstates where you can safely do 90-100 MPH, but these are not all that common, and even then, extreme caution is required. I don't see any possible way that someone could safely average nearly 100 MPH on a cross-country road trip. Safety comes by going with the flow of traffic, and this driver must have been blowing past the majority of other cars during most of his trip. It's amazing that he made it there in one piece.

Re:Is this really something we want to celebrate? (4, Interesting)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 6 months ago | (#45303501)

I don't know where YOU live, but I'm in Kansas and you can do 100+ easily out here, even on the state highways because roads are so straight. I ride my motorcycle out in the country and the only real limitation is the mental fatigue of high speeds. I can only maintain them for a while before slowing down to make the ride more relaxing.

Re:Is this really something we want to celebrate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303595)

Yeah, how fucking dare this guy drive at speeds that are completely commonplace on the autobahns in Germany after getting his car completely serviced with brand-new brakes, shocks, and tires.

Re:Is this really something we want to celebrate? (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 6 months ago | (#45303743)

Those roads are built for that and they have very comprehensive vehicle inspections. His modified car would likely not have passed. I do not believe they allow adding fuel tanks like this. They also ban kit cars.

Re:Is this really something we want to celebrate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303601)

And with all the fully documented-and-acknowledged illegal things done (laser jammers, likely radar detectors in states those are illegal, etc,) plus using real names, this is just *INVITING* arrest/book-thrown-at-them.

Re:Is this really something we want to celebrate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303631)

He should have balled himself up into a corner and sucked his thumb.

Re:Is this really something we want to celebrate? (1)

james_shoemaker (12459) | about 6 months ago | (#45303761)

Have you ever driven across kansas or western nebraska? I drive a section of interstate (not in kansas or nebraska) every day that if I drove at the proper time I could easily and comfortably do 100+. The route was carefully planned and timed to avoid construction and heavy traffic, he had rabbits running ahead him to make spot issues. The car was comfortble and safe at those speeds. Illegal, yes, but not as unsafe as people are saying.
      I would hope one could do 75 no problem on the interstate, the one I drive the speed limit is 70 and when you hit nebraska it jumps to 75.
      Personally my commute is short enough that the risk of expensive tickets isn't worth the short decrease in commute so I don't speed, but if limits were higher I'd comfortably drive them.

Re:Is this really something we want to celebrate? (2)

Virtucon (127420) | about 6 months ago | (#45303779)

There's no relationship to how fast you go vs. safety. The Germans prove it every day. [wikipedia.org]

As a comparison from the link above, for 2010 we averaged 6.87 fatalities for all roads per billion km (Bkm) of travel in the US, Germany 5.18. That's 24.6% less.
for highways, US: 3.62 fatalities/Bkm, Germany: 1.98 or 45.3% less.

On Urban areas the Germans do limit the speed limits (down to 75MPH in some areas) but the biggest problems in the US in prohibiting us to go faster are:

1) Our Roads aren't up to their standards and we do a crappy job of maintaining them.
2) We don't have adequate training of drivers to handle high speed driving.
3) Vehicle maintenance requirements vary from state to state while the Germans have some of the strictest vehicle maintenance requirements in the world. How many rusted out, smoking, cancer ridden cars have you seen on the road lately here?
4) The Germans are sticklers for enforcement of the laws of the road. Aggressive drivers, tailgaters etc. are dealt with severely. In the US you can go a long way on the highway before you ever see a trooper. Think about how many times you've nearly been hit by some idiot on his cell phone.
5) Suzie Safety nuts who like to enforce the speed limits by hogging the left lane and having a holier than thou attitude about the roads. They usually have the "CoExist" bumper sticker attached to the back of their Subaru.
6) Tree Huggers who all want us to abandon our cars and drive around in communal VW busses from the 60s. These are the ones who enjoy the smell of their own farts.

So, I do celebrate this because it's an achievement despite all the billions of dollars we've spent in this country on jack booted law enforcement, new laws, nudeo scans and spying on all of our private communications all in the hopes of "protecting us." Ask the folks at LAX how that's working out for them today!

Obligatory Comment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303427)

I have yet to see a more patently obvious display of envy.

Why bother with a radar / laser jammer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303435)

Just feed the receiver with the right frequency to tell it how fast you want it to read. Imagine the look on the cop's face when you scream by at 100+ and the gun reads "55".

Re:Why bother with a radar / laser jammer? (1)

Subgenius (95662) | about 6 months ago | (#45303553)

Hell, bust him at the federal level for use of an uncertified intentional radiator (jammers).

Re:Why bother with a radar / laser jammer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303703)

"Each of us is wearing an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back."

Re:Why bother with a radar / laser jammer? (3, Interesting)

hawguy (1600213) | about 6 months ago | (#45303567)

Just feed the receiver with the right frequency to tell it how fast you want it to read. Imagine the look on the cop's face when you scream by at 100+ and the gun reads "55".

They don't need the radar gun reading to ticket you for speeding - if you ever go to court, you'll find that all police claim to be "trained in visual speed observation", and will back up the radar evidence with their professional judgement of how fast you were going. And the judge will accept their estimate because they have the training to show that they can make accurate estimates.

Re:Why bother with a radar / laser jammer? (1)

citylivin (1250770) | about 6 months ago | (#45303721)

" all police claim to be "trained in visual speed observation", and will back up the radar evidence with their professional judgement of how fast you were going."

Its more than that. In canada, they cant just sit there speed gunning everyone (dragnet style). They have to say they made a sight check first, and judged you to be speeding, before they deployed their gun as a confirmation. The law is written in such a way as the police must visually estimate your speed before deploying the gun.

I am not sure how exactly the AC would defeat a radar gun, as the way I understand that they work, they take several distance measurements milliseconds apart and then deduce what speed you are going based on the change.

What an asshole (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303487)

Seriously, how many times did this jerk almost get someone killed in his quest for momentary internet fame? Asshole.

Youtube speedometer arrests (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about 6 months ago | (#45303511)

What I don't understand is the difference between someone being ticketed after posting a YouTube videos of their speeding rampages thru town and this?

Even if you don't get caught in the act when you tell the world what you did how does this not at the very least translate into a big fat fine?

What about all of your "lookouts" complicit in enabling your activities what is their risk of being held liable by some overzealous prosecutor?

If you want to do something like this I'm reckless enough not to care... going around and talking about your exploits in my opinion is crossing the line.

Saw this yesterday; was shocked by the detail (3, Interesting)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 6 months ago | (#45303575)

OK, this guy plotted and planned in excrutiating detail for 18 months, works in the automobile industry, yet seems utterly fearless about the legal ramifications about admitting average speeds in excess of all posted limits in the country? The article I saw had a damning amount detail, including what sound like many admissions that he knows what he's doing is illegal (e.g. the comment about the vented trunk fumes while stopped by a cop).

Americans CAN NOT DRIVE!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303607)

The reason there is such an insanely low speed limit on american roads is because

a.) your roads suck ass and are not made for speeds in excess of 100mph
b.) you suck as drivers because you do drive like PUSSIES and are zonked out on prozac and other prescription drugs
and fucking constantly twiddle with your cell phones.

THAT IS WHY.

When I'm over here I have to keep it at around 80MPH but back home I drive 130MPH cruising speed each week between
Stuttgart and Munich and back, only slowing down a bit for the automated speed traps on A8 (after you get past Augsburg) and
of course the occasional (and well known) speedtrap down in the valley before the Geislinger Tunnel. I HAVEN'T HAD A
SPEEDINGTICKET in Germany in years even though the Autobahnpolizei tries hard.

Yes

Re:Americans CAN NOT DRIVE!! (2)

paiute (550198) | about 6 months ago | (#45303731)

I visualized his arm automatically going up in a palm out salute towards the end of his rant.

Statue of limitations? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#45303623)

I wonder what the statue of limitations is as he just confessed to violating the law.

Interesting data point (5, Interesting)

quax (19371) | about 6 months ago | (#45303669)

To get an idea how much faster you could get around if the US had proper no speed limit highways like the German Autobahn.

(That said I don't condone reckless driving on roads that aren't built for that speed.)

Re:Interesting data point (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 6 months ago | (#45303769)

American drivers are not good for that speed either. Go ask a german about their drivers education vs ours. Ask them about their testing.

If you take your road test in an automatic you get a restricted license. Can you imagine how americans would react to that?

Bust the jerk (2, Insightful)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about 6 months ago | (#45303739)

Moving at those kinds of speeds, people don't have time to accurately judge merging time, lane changes, etc. You can be 1/4 mile away and be on someone traveling the speed limit before they've even finished changing lanes. Record or not "top-gun" dick moves belong on the race track, not public highways.

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