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Old 12-30-2017, 02:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Reverse passing and the Flagstaff Highway Patrol

I was driving back from finally taking the Graduate Record exam and during an uncharacteristically empty stretch of highway after the sun went down, a vehicle stayed behind me in the slow lane, so I changed lanes to let them pass.

That got me a lecture from the highway patrol.

They cited me for not having a current proof of insurance. I need to set a reminder. I had not realized it was out-of-date. I handed him my last card and he said he could not use it.

Another officer here in Arizona told me he could use my old card. Yet another time, while I was looking for my card, the officer asked who my provider was, and then said he believed me.

Was he allowed to believe me?! Wasn't that against regulation?!

Arguably, I am doing something wrong, being stopped three times in four months on the same stretch of the I-40, but this officer said that as long as I can show I am currently insured, they should dismiss the charges.

This page says they will, which is good, because it is a $950 fine: http://courts.yavapai.us/Portals/5/F...e-Schedule.pdf

Keep your insurance documents updated, people!

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Old 12-30-2017, 04:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Was he allowed to believe me?! Wasn't that against regulation?!

Arguably, I am doing something wrong, being stopped three times in four months on the same stretch of the I-40
Sure, the officer is allowed to believe whatever they want. Can't speak to their department procedure.

In my youth I have put on a show of having difficulty getting access to my non-existent proof of insurance. I told the officer I normally keep it under my motorcycle seat, and that I could get it if only I had a 10mm wrench. The bike wasn't insured, and the seat was removable by key, not wrench. The officer let it go.

It surprises me that in the year 2017, when all records are stored electronically and accessible though the internet, proof of insurance is not checked electronically.

Instead we present flimsy documents printed on home printers, which vary in appearance between every insurance company as "proof of insurance".

Perhaps what you are doing wrong is driving I-40. If that's the only place you're getting pulled over, I-40 appears to be the problem.

What was the officer's stated reason for initially pulling you over?
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Old 12-30-2017, 07:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You changed out of the slow lane? ??
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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He said it was dangerous to drive slower than traffic, especially when I tried to let him pass, and he seemed incapable of interpreting that as anything but the behavior of a lunatic.
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Everybody including trucks go 75+ on I40 in Arizona. Maybe you need to drive a little faster.
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I have definitely passed vehicles on the I-40, including semis. It is crazy how people act like individuals sometimes.
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He said it was dangerous to drive slower than traffic...
He's right about that. Especially when you're not in the slow lane. Just takes one idiot paying more attention to their texting than what's up front...
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Yeah... I do not reverse pass in front of people.

Duh.

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