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Pulled Over for *Not* Speeding

Pulled Over for *Not* Speeding

I took the long way home from my trainer this morning at 6:30 am. I'm in a bit of a daze after my workout. I'm jolted out of my stupor by CHP lights blazing in my rear view mirror.

"Good morning, Officer"
"Are you in a hurry?"
"Not really, was I going a bit too fast?"
"No." A long pause.
"Is this one of those electric cars?...it's so quiet. I pulled one of these over for using his cell phone. I told myself next time I saw one I'd pull it over so I can have a look." Demos ensued.

"So, Officer, tell me your favorite song."
"Public Enemy, Fight the Power." I hit the button, say the words and, moments later, the song begins to play, Our Officer is amazed. And, so am I.

Mike C | 17 luglio 2013

First, abuse of power. Second, his favorite song is Fight The Power, kinda ironic.

J.T. | 17 luglio 2013

@defmonk Love the story. I wish I was as successful when I'm showing off slacker. It's put the damper on so many test drives that I'm reluctant to do it.

defmonk | 17 luglio 2013

@Mike C

Technically, it is abuse of power. But, in this case, it just felt kind of Mayberry RFD-ish. KInd of refreshing in a big city like LA.

@jtodman

There is certainly a technique to it. I find if I enunciate clearly, but not haltingly, I get a good result every time. Also, saying the track title and the artist seems to give better results. There are still some titles and artist names that seem to make it go haywire.

eAdopter | 17 luglio 2013

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one. A Kirkland, WA officer pulled me over the first week I had the car.

He didn't ask to see my DL, registration, or insurance card. He examined the car thoroughly, inside and out.

Why did he pull me over? Officially, to tell me it's getting dark and to suggest I turn on my headlights. It was dusk and only the DRL's were on. Good grief!

ppape | 17 luglio 2013

Sooooo.....If I do get pulled over for speeding in the Model S, is it still ok to say....

"So, Officer, tell me your favorite song."

Not that it has ever happened, but just checking on the etiquette....And should I ask with or without a grin??
Just wondering????

J. :-))))))

ironmikeii | 17 luglio 2013

two comments: 1.) What's the probable cause for being detained by law enforcement, and 2.) why would a Tesla drive get pulled over for using a cell phone?? Blue tooth hands free technology should make this a never event.

TikiMan | 17 luglio 2013

Well, at least this proves the fact that being detained for no probable cause isn't just a race thing anymore.

Michael S | 17 luglio 2013

Two years ago I was getting on 101 south out of San Rafael in my Roadster and was pulled over by a CHP motorcycle officer for talking on my cell phone while driving (I know, i'm a horrible human being).

The first thing he said to be was "I was really hoping you were gonna make a run for it, I would love to see how fast that thing goes while I chased you down"

I said, "You would have needed help to catch me, no way you get it done on your own".

I then gave him the tour and he gave me the ticket.......

AmpedRealtor | 17 luglio 2013

You guys are far too understanding and forgiving.

If I were pulled over for no reason other than the fact that I was driving a red Tesla and the officer wanted to take a look, I would be filing a lawsuit that same day.

J.T. | 17 luglio 2013

@defmonk thanks for the suggestion, but many times I call out the track and artist, the screen offers the song by the artist, I select it and it plays not only a different song but by a different artist.

Very embarrassing at times, so if that happens, I floor it and give the requester a concussion and then say, "there's your song!" Works like a charm :-)

defmonk | 17 luglio 2013

@ TikiMan

You assume too much.

@ironmikell

That occurred to me, too. And then, I thought of all the idiots I see daily on the 405, with modern bluetooth capable cars, still holding handsets to their heads. Could be...

@jtodman

Hmmm, I haven't had that yet, but, frankly, I don't use the feature that much either.

yonak | 17 luglio 2013

Cops are car geeks too.

dbrooks | 17 luglio 2013

I must add as a community service....

I fly a medical helicopter, outside of not wearing a seatbelt, texting and driving contributes THE MOST to our business. Drunk drivers account for a close 3rd, but seriously, it's so effing dangerous don't do it. Hands free voice seems to be fairly safe. Please be careful in the Model S as the screen can be a distraction. I've had mine just a couple weeks, and I notice the temptation.

First hand knowledge, just sayin. :)

GeekEV | 17 luglio 2013

@dbrooks - The temptation lessens over time. Right now it's the whole "ooh shiny" thing...

Jewsh | 17 luglio 2013

I had an officer keep my daughter, wife and I company on highway 10 here in Ontario a few weeks ago. Officer said he wanted to make sure we were OK, seeing that my wife was cleaning up my daughter's barf from the backseat when he stopped in to check "if everything was alright".

Meh, he seemed nice enough but the car definitely catches more than just Joe Public's eye.

jbunn | 17 luglio 2013

Michael,

That was worth the ticket. And hey, it ain't bragging if you can do it.

For the Star Trek nerds...

"Burly Cadet #1: Hey, farm-boy, maybe you can't count, but there are four of us and one of you."

"James T. Kirk: So, get two more guys and then it'll be an even fight."

royce1981 | 17 luglio 2013

@jbunn

That scene is soooo good, I absolutely love the two last movies.

Do you know if Elon has ever stated if he is a Trek fan?

(sorry if this is a bit off topic)

tobi_ger | 17 luglio 2013

Saw the most recent one in 3D, blew my mind.

DJung | 17 luglio 2013

@royce haha watching star Trek right now. I will name my near-future Model S the USS Enterprise/NCC-1701

BillH7 | 17 luglio 2013

@DonaldMissingP I'm a Trekkie too, and appreciate the sentiment. But a fellow named John beat you to the punch 13 years ago when he bought his first of 4 Priuses (latest a plug-in). http://www.john1701a.com.

Brian H | 17 luglio 2013

Hands-free is not safer. It's a brain-proccupation thing.

JAFIC | 17 luglio 2013

And here I thought all Model S (all variants) had bluetooth handsfree calling. I guess you guys aint using it.

ssarker | 17 luglio 2013

I RARELY talk on the phone while driving. Usually I cannot hear the phone ringing over the music and find it distracting when the music in the Model S in interrupted by incoming calls.

NICE | 17 luglio 2013

Has anyone else notice that most Tesla thread posts don't stay on topic?

lph | 17 luglio 2013

They are all on the phone.....;-)

JAFIC | 18 luglio 2013

but not driving. XD

Mathew98 | 18 luglio 2013

Sorry, OT again.

Speaking of Trekkies, where's the user with SevenOfNine handle? She mention her car is due for delivery in the next month...

Brian H | 18 luglio 2013

I suspect that's really Jeri.

olanmills | 18 luglio 2013

"So, Officer, tell me your favorite song."
"Public Enemy, Fight the Power." I hit the button, say the words and, moments later, the song begins to play, Our Officer is amazed. And, so am I.

This can't be real.

DTsea | 18 luglio 2013

Brian H, hard to see how hands free is any worse than talking to another person in your car. Hope the Nanny State doesn't ban THAT.

Brian H | 19 luglio 2013

I didn't say it was worse, though it may require more concentration. The same brain circuits happen to be required for conversation and driving. About 1/7 of the population can truly operate parallel streams, but that means it's hazardous for the other 6/7 to multitask, and whoever they swerve into!

In general, people think they are much better at multitasking than they are. Thrashing thresholds are really quite low in wetware.

Brian H | 19 luglio 2013

The "impress an officer" situation begs for an app that pops all the doors: "Open the pod bay doors, Hal." And then puts a full-screen eye up.

defmonk | 19 luglio 2013

@olanmills

A word-for-word account of what the officer said to me. Surreal.

Bighorn | 19 luglio 2013

@BrianH
"into whomever they swerve.", if we're keeping score.

Jhall118 | 19 luglio 2013

Ohhhh I know all about this. A cognitive psychology professor I had as an undergraduate did a LOT of research on cell phone use while driving.

Point 1: Hands free VS hand held does not matter. It's irritating that the law pretends like they do, but they research has shown they do not. The problem, as Brian pointed to, is that it distracts us. Someone else raised the common objection, that it's "no different" than having someone else in the car and chatting.

Research has found that it is absolutely different. The person sitting next to you naturally stops chatting when you need to make a lane change, or reminds you that you are about to miss your exit.

Point 2: Talking while driving (and especially texting) impairs your driving more than driving at the .08 BAC limit.

Point 3: Cell phone chatters aren't just dangerous, but increase traffic congestion by something ridiculous (I think research showed like 15%?) They increase their distance to compensate, making the commute longer for everyone. They also cause more wrecks, which obviously impacts traffic as well.

The professor is David Strayer, but there's been plenty of other studies confirming the results. Please don't talk and drive, and definitely don't text and drive it's 4 times worse! If you are going to do anything... drink and drive.

Interesting caveat: in like 2% of subjects, cell phone use did not impair driving at all. Their brains are just better wired to multi-task.

Jhall118 | 19 luglio 2013

Ughhh no edit makes me so mad.

Jewsh | 19 luglio 2013

@Jhall118:

"Hands free VS hand held does not matter. It's irritating that the law pretends like they do, but they research has shown they do not. The problem, as Brian pointed to, is that it distracts us. Someone else raised the common objection, that it's "no different" than having someone else in the car and chatting.

Research has found that it is absolutely different. The person sitting next to you naturally stops chatting when you need to make a lane change, or reminds you that you are about to miss your exit."

Precisely. A person on the other end of a phone conversation isn't sympathetic to your need to turn left or maintain the flow of traffic. Our brains were trained to communicate effectively millions of years before they allowed us to drive. (Poorly, I might add.)

Jewsh | 19 luglio 2013

@Jhall118:
"Interesting caveat: in like 2% of subjects, cell phone use did not impair driving at all. Their brains are just better wired to multi-task."

Only 2% of the test subjects were women? ;-)

kidjay | 19 luglio 2013

I would have hit the button and said "Play, NWA - F%$# the Police"................................................

Brian H | 19 luglio 2013

Jewsh;
Women's famed multitasking capability is mostly taken up by talking and listening (?) at the same time. In several stacked conversations.

Seriously, the tendency is to push to the limit. Keeps life interesting.

rch1708 | 20 luglio 2013

Pushing the limit is what leads to evolution. Natural selection will kill off those who are no good at talking & driving. The reminder will develop better multi-tasking skills. Will take a few generations or more, but c'est la vie.

Of course, you can't hear the cynical tone in my voice, so I'd better remark that I'm not being serious...