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post #31 of 57
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Originally Posted by bklyntrayc
Before you quit skiing Colorado, wait until you get stopped by a patroller for skiing to fast, or better yet, getting your lift ticket or pass pulled by "mountain hosts" for blasting by in the slow skiing zones. Or get escorted off the hill because you ducked a rope to ski that powder that was just sitting over there unused.

You'll be pissed, and be in the wrong, but at least it will be related to skiing in that state.
Shhh... why are we trying to get him to continue skiing in CO? Good riddance man... I'm glad you got the ticket and I'm glad you're not skiing here anymore. Im' sure you'll be missed. :
post #32 of 57
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for your replies. The part about never skiing in Colorado was tongue-in-cheek. I love the state and plan to ski there for many years. And, although I only ski 10 days per year, so do my son, daughter, fiance, and many friends. We all stay at condos at the resorts and eat out every meal. If you take all of the tourists like myself out, your resorts would not be able to survive as they do now. In reality, I don't argue about it being the law, or that I was justified in being mad, or that it happened just because I'm a tourist. It just seems like a blatant waste of taxpayer money and a waste of our law enforcements time. Anyway, enough about this, I've got summer mountain climbing to plan!
post #33 of 57
Wow, did everyone on the forum wake up on the wrong side of bed and then have their cherrios pissed in? Must be the end of the season..let's give the poor guy a break, even if he was completely wrong..
post #34 of 57
You were wrong, get over it. Even if you did not know it was illegal, it's inconsiderate.
post #35 of 57
This calls for a poll.
post #36 of 57
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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer
Every state should enforce that rule. Passing on the right right is what causes all the weaving in and out of traffic, and what generally slows down traffic. In Germany, they NEVER pass on the right, and they rarely have the kind of multi-car pile ups that are pretty common on US highways. German fatality rates are about the same as US rates, but at least they get to drive way faster.

BK
100% agree. Huge problem down here in Florida. Exact laws concerning it is state by state, just like speed limits. Fla. Legislature passed this law last year and the Gov wouldn't sign it because of the heat from the AARP. These kinds of laws save a lot of lives. If you're not passing, don't drive in the left-hand lane. Get out of the way and let people pass. Hate to say it...but if original poster was driving for miles in the left-hand lane, he deserved the ticket. Creates an overall more dangerous road situation for everyone on the road.
post #37 of 57

uncle louie..

I think ol' Plainsman45 is right and changes are needed.

He spends big $$$ and should get special treatment in that state. Vail should start issuing an "Extra Special Person" sticker valid for the ride home. High rollers tags would read .... "Big $ Spender - Diplomatic Immunity".

The final tally would be displayed on the "tag" to remind any officers of the high esteem that the corporate types have bestowed this valued customer.

George Orwell"

"All animals are equal; some animals are just more equal than others!"


animal farm ... :
post #38 of 57
Thread Starter 
Alright already! I don't deserve special treatmant, but do you really think if I was a Sterling, CO local I would have gotten a ticket? If I was obstructing traffic, I would agree I should be ticketed, but there was NO traffic. It is illegal to drove in the left lane, so is not using your turn signal. If you got ticketed for that, would that piss you off? As I said before, let's move on. I'll see you on the slopes!
post #39 of 57
did she say yes?
post #40 of 57
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Originally Posted by Plainsman45
Alright already! I don't deserve special treatmant, but do you really think if I was a Sterling, CO local I would have gotten a ticket? If I was obstructing traffic, I would agree I should be ticketed, but there was NO traffic. It is illegal to drove in the left lane, so is not using your turn signal. If you got ticketed for that, would that piss you off? As I said before, let's move on. I'll see you on the slopes!
who knows , maybe it was a slow day for them. i recommend you go skiing and forget all of this b.s.
post #41 of 57
And I'm sure that you were polite when the officer stopped you.

Could the helo pilots that did the initial observation read your "out of state" tags? Doubtful! Colud they have witnessed some other things in your driving that made you an "object of interest"?

Was your speed a constant 70, or were you conducting business on the ol' cell, that often causes speed fluctuations?
post #42 of 57
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Originally Posted by Plainsman45

Alright already! I don't deserve special treatmant, but do you really think if I was a Sterling, CO local I would have gotten a ticket?

I'll see you on the slopes!
You would not have gotten a ticket. So what, this is America and that's how it works. Vermont is even worst in my opinion.

The fact you got ticket is not that bad. Hell, it could have been be me, but not for cruising in the hammer lane.
post #43 of 57
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Originally Posted by Yuki
I think ol' Plainsman45 is right and changes are needed.

He spends big $$$ and should get special treatment in that state. Vail should start issuing an "Extra Special Person" sticker valid for the ride home. High rollers tags would read .... "Big $ Spender - Diplomatic Immunity".

The final tally would be displayed on the "tag" to remind any officers of the high esteem that the corporate types have bestowed this valued customer........... :
Crap Yuki.....you posted this after I left Vail....I'm already back in Dillon...Now I have to drive all the way over there back to the corporate offices.....risk a ticket because I never leave the left lane.....miss some skiing time.....can you please post these ideas sooner ?

btw....I'll be driving a lot slower in the left lane now.....I was called Grandpa Louie over at Real Skiers.
post #44 of 57
Hey, at least you don't live in Virigina. Here the wonderful law enforcement agencies specially rig areas that for example drop from 50mph to 35mph for about 50 yards, are poorly marked, and coneniently have an overpass or something for the cop to hide behind. They love out of staters as well and will not hesitate to pull you over and say you were going 15mph faster than you really were, but they're also equal opportunity bastards with their other tricks designed to get locals. We're also the only state in the union not to allow radar detectors. That should tell you something.

So, at least you were pulled over doing something that actually is, technically, illegal. Not either entraped or outright defrauded into a ticket.
post #45 of 57
No personal offence meant Plainsman45, but you were ticketed for being a "Left-Lane Loser!"
post #46 of 57
Why do people fail to keep right? That's what I want to know. It's not like you could forget, could you? To drive you have to look at the road. In doing so, how the heck can you
a) not see, or
b) FORGET???!!!
that there's a freaking lane just to the right of you!
post #47 of 57
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post #48 of 57
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Originally Posted by Plainsman45
While returning home to Omaha, NE from my annual ski trip to Colorado (25th such trip, thousands of dollars spent), I was pulled over by a Colorado State Patrolman. I couldn't figure out why. I wasn't speeding, my 6 year old in the required seat, all seat belts fastened? He then told me a helicopter had been watching me and I had been driving in the left lane on Interstate 76 for several miles. He then gave me a TICKET! No warning, very little traffic. I will now spend extra money to fly to Utah or wherever to ski. Apparently we out of state people who contribute greatly to the Colorado economy mean nothing. Goodbye Colorado slopes, your cops did you a disservice!
The Taliban couldn't have handled that any better!

Imagine using all that fuel, labour, and high-tech equipment to effectively do nothing better than harass citizens.

Disgusting.


[EDIT] ...wait a minute: was there other traffic on the road? If you were driving in the left lane and preventing people from passing then you deserve some punishment! Still, using a helicopter? Please...boys with toys, and all that.
post #49 of 57

Uncle Louie

You'll just have to start posting your proposed route a week in advance so a "proactive" approach can be developed.

I just have a real "dumb" and inane approach to travel "out-o'-state". This is a very hard concept to follow so it make take some thought. After I was pulled over in CT back in the 60's .... my dad explained that many states (read most), will ticket the outlanders. They never show up in court to contest the tickets.

That being said .... I take a very simple approach to crossing the lines.

#1.. Leave a little early and don't be in a hurry.

#2 .. Anticipate being a target and "back er' down" ... if the locals are doing 77 in a 65 .... keep it at about 68 or so.

#3 .. Be polite .. even if it's tough. Stop (if the lights go on), in a the safest spot for mutual safety.

#4 .. If you can afford that Lexus SUV, the $60 ain't the end of the world, keep it in perspective.

If those "points" on the DL are adding up and that is what is pissing you off, there's always Mexico or Canada .... You can share a room with Oldschool, move in and run him fer' mayor and you can live happily in your little anarchist enclave.

post #50 of 57
Hey guys, the ticket had its desired effect. Look at how much traffic there has been here. Everyone that participated or looked at this thread will think twice about being in the left most lane, won't they.

Tickets are meant to modify behavior. (They also bring in tons of bucks, but that's another discussion topic.) Warnings don't get as much press as a ticket.

I remember about 20 years ago in Mississippe or Louisiana, they had signs posted that allowed driving in the left lane of the interstate. You only had to pull right to get out of the way of other cars. The right lane was in need of replacement and at the posted speed limit it felt like you were on a washboard. Pounded the hell out of your suspension. They were waiting on funds to replace the asphalt.
post #51 of 57
Speaking of washboard, you guys have not been driving on I-80 from Reno to Auburn (Maybe up to Coflex) yet. The chains and the 10 wheelers made the right side of the highway broke up like wahsboard. Almost everyone without a chain drive on the left lane all the time.
post #52 of 57
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Originally Posted by jackwan1
Speaking of washboard, you guys have not been driving on I-80 from Reno to Auburn (Maybe up to Coflex) yet. The chains and the 10 wheelers made the right side of the highway broke up like wahsboard. Almost everyone without a chain drive on the left lane all the time.
I was just thinking exactly the same thing. But the big difference is that it's legal in California (not sure about Nevada but the driving is so bad there that the cops concentrate on speeders). I fact my wife says that we paid for the whole road when I drive in the slow lane and she can't stand the noise.
post #53 of 57
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Originally Posted by GarryZ
I am so in agreement with you. I live near the washington /Idaho border and there is way less traffic than in Seattle and there seems to be less big pileups per capita there than here. There is so lottle traffic here but so many smashups near the border. It doesn't add up . I think it is the bad habits of drivers and the reluctance of law enforcement to deal with it. All they enforce is the speed limits where they decrease near the bigger cities and the rest is a free for all.
With the exception of the Florida turnpike I have never seen anywhere like the Spokane to Couer D'alene stretch of I90 for poking along in the left lane. Kids heard daddy exercise the full range of his vocabulary when we drove through there.
post #54 of 57
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Originally Posted by ChrisBowers
We're also the only state in the union not to allow radar detectors. That should tell you something.
Think you're wrong on that one - believe they are also verboten in Connecticut...
post #55 of 57
While I'll agree that left lane dirving when not passing is a no, no...to give a ticket for it is kind of harsh.

If cops are going to give out tickets for bad driving habits...how about starting with some of these (or start by making them illegal):
  • Cell phone while driving
  • Driving an SUV like it's a performance car
  • Accelerating hard into a traffic jam and slamming on your brakes at the last possible minute...and continuing to do this on and off through miles of traffic jam...usually while driving an SUV and talking on a cell phone ;-)
  • failure to grasp the simple concepts of engine braking and momentum
I'm sure there are many more...
post #56 of 57
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Originally Posted by large_diver
If cops are going to give out tickets for bad driving habits...how about starting with some of these (or start by making them illegal):
  • Cell phone while driving
  • Driving an SUV like it's a performance car
  • Accelerating hard into a traffic jam and slamming on your brakes at the last possible minute...and continuing to do this on and off through miles of traffic jam...usually while driving an SUV and talking on a cell phone ;-)
  • failure to grasp the simple concepts of engine braking and momentum
I'm sure there are many more...
Typically Darwin gives these folks tickets, especially in the mountains in winter : Our local cops are too busy cleaning up the carnage to write these ^%#*@s tickets
post #57 of 57
Most people who live in Colorado don't even know about
this "left lane is for passing only" state law.

I found out a year ago when in a no win situation.
Going east near Grand Junction (at about 15 over limit)
I came alongside a marked state Patrol car. I braked and
dropped behind him into the right lane. He pulls me over
anyway. If I passed I'd be nailed for speeding. He says I'm
supposed to, by law, pass if I'm in the left lane.

I tell him I've never heard of such a law and coming from SLC
with a MD license I'm only trying to get to a motel at the next
exit(true). I guess he buys this. I get only a warning
for disobaying the "left lane is for passing only" law.
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