By buttfingers - 26/12/2015 17:37 - United States - Houston

Today, I accidentally edged over the speed limit and got pulled over. The officer asked me if I knew why he'd pulled me over. Before I could say something diplomatic, my dad said from the passenger seat: "Because you're a prick in fancy dress?" I got ticketed. FML
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Ask your dad to pay your ticket now.

I have never understood why the driver gets ticketed for the idiocy of their passengers even when the driver is trying to be cooperative.

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Ask your dad to pay your ticket now.

His dad wasn't going over the speed limit.

No. But their dad made the situation worse by insulting the cop. OP had a chance to get out of the ticket by cooperating, but his dad ruined it

If this had been in Australia, the cop would have told the father to be quiet, and given her a ticket anyway for going over the limit. Very very rarely do cops let people off with a warning nowadays (in Melbourne, anyway), especially when going to the trouble of chasing them down and pulling them over. In fact, when it comes to speeding and mobile phone use, there's no tolerance. In Australia (Victoria), the tolerance for speeding (3km) is lower than the allowable manufacturing tolerance of your actual speedometer (10% - although your speedometer must always read below your true speed). Basically, what I'm saying is, she would have got the ticket anyway, regardless of what her father said.

If you have a cop that's a douchebag enough to pull someone over for edging over the speed limit he was going to give a ticket anyway regardless of what his dad said.

So true about Australia. It's getting that way in New Zealand too. 50kph limit, and previously you could do 9kph over the limit - 59kmph. In holiday seasons, the limit is 4k over (54kmph) max. Australia is very strict for their mobile phones etc and you're totally right about cope there and zero tolerance. In fact, you guys stream a TV show here about it lol. Get to see everyone try to talk their way out of it. And holy crap your fines are HUGE!! In New Zealand, I'd get $80-200 fine for doing 15kmph over, but in Aussie you'll hey $400-600. It's crazy !

Your dad must have pricked a nerve.

But mom might agree with dad.

I have never understood why the driver gets ticketed for the idiocy of their passengers even when the driver is trying to be cooperative.

He probably would have gotten a ticket either way.

I'm just guessing but doesn't it have something to do with the driver being responsible for the passengers in a vehicle?

The driver is responsible for the passengers in the vehicle. If a friend had heroin on him you would get in trouble because your responsible.

Not when they're just mouthing off.

because the police officer gets ticked off, and is not required to show leniency.

Well either way he was pulled over for a reason, just because you are cooperative (which you should be) that doesn't mean you are going to get off the hook. That really sucks though for the op, I would have had to hurt my father if he did that xD

make him pay the ticket... stupid idiot, mouthing off to a police officer.

Messed up. Kinda funny.

Your dad is lucky he didn't get in trouble for insulting a police officer! I'm sure that's some level of offence.

Insulting? No. Assaulting? Yes.

In here (Finland) you can get a ticket for insulting a police officer.

Insulting a police officer is not an offense in the United States. If you threatened him, that is an offense.

Must be different in the US compared with here, then!

Your dad's got balls !

No, not really.

balls? no. Rudeness. yes.

balls, maybe. brains, no

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My sister got a ticket for being 1 mph over the speed limit. Let's just say she was angry because of it.

speed limit in texas is 80 mph and most people seem to respect it. at rates that high "edging over it" is pretty dangerous.

it depends on where you are what the limit is. some places 1-2 km over can get a ticket, other places follow the 10% rule (you can go up to 10% over the speed limit before they will give a ticket) and some places use a 10km rule (you can go 10km over before being ticketed)... heck some places just use flow of traffic to decide.... basically if you aren't speeding through traffic, just staying level with them, you won't get ticketed even if everyone is going 20km over....

Where do you live in texas? The fastest speed limit I've seen here is 75, and that's on the interstate highways like 290.

In Texas there are 80mph toll roads linking cities out in the middle of the state, but most freeways here max out at 65. There are some 70 and 75 mph areas, but they're the exception.

#16 bullshit! Yout did was going at least 6 over the limit. She just won't admit.

"A prick in fancy dress" sounds British, yet your byline says Texas. Is he visiting from the UK?