Let me start off by saying that I have learned my lesson.
I really dodged a (figurative) bullet driving home over the weekend. I was behind schedule and wanted to try to make up some of the time. So I decided that going 80 would be pushing it, but I was willing to risk it. The highway was wide open, there was literally no traffic. As I got off one highway onto another I started to accelerate and got up to speed (80).
A short time after I’d been cruising along I noticed a car in my rear view mirror really moving. Eventually they caught up to me and passed me. I decided that if they were going to go that fast, I should go ahead and follow them to make some really good time. Turns out they were going 90! So I felt adventurous and decided to follow.
So I was following this car for the entire trip (approx. 100+ miles) and had made incredible time! I was about 10 minutes from my destination, still following this other speed demon, when what do I see? A highway patrol car going the other way! My heart sank. I wasn’t sure if he’d gotten either of us, but as I’m watching him in my rear view mirror I see him make a U-turn in between the highway. This is when I try to figure out what to do.
I remember back to reading a thread on the SDMB about speeding. That thread gave the advice that if you see a trooper to slow down (like it would have mattered considering how fast I was going). I wasn’t sure if this is what I wanted to do or if I should just keep going 90 and kind of try to out run the guy (yeah, now I realize how stupid that, and everything else, was). Then to add to this scenario an exit was coming up. I didn’t know if I should take the exit and hope I wasn’t followed or just stay the course going the speed limit.
I decided taking the off ramp would be too risky so I just slowed down to the speed limit and wait to see what happens. Meanwhile, the folks in the car that I was following must not have noticed him or thought he was going to get me, because they just kept on truckin’. Some relief came when I saw the trooper go speeding by me and turn on his lights. I was fully relieved when I saw him get out of his car when I was positive he wouldn’t stop me.
So thank you SDMB for saving me from a potentially very pricey speeding ticket. That close call was enough and I’ve changed my ways. No more excessive speeding for me!