Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Stopped by police
If you'd been on SH1 between CHC and Ashburton a couple of weeks ago, you could have seen my red '72 GTV on the side of the road with a police car parked behind it!
I was cruising back from CHC and came upon a long line of traffic going at 90 to 95 km/h. At each passing lane, no one seemed to be overtaking so I just kept picking off a few cars at a time. When I got near the front of the line, I saw the police car but, as my speedo was still registering 90 to 95 km/h, I thought "what the hell?" and at the next passing lane, I sauntered past at exactly 100 km/h. Oops! Big mistake.
The conversation with the officer went something like this:
Good afternoon officer, is there a problem ?
Good afternoon sir, I was just wondering why you overtook me.
Well, I thought you were going a little slow.
I was doing 100 km/h sir.
Oh really? So was I, according to my speedometer.
Sir, I have a calibrated speedometer and a calibrated radar in my car. I was doing 100 km/h.
Oh! Well I only have a 37 year old speedometer in my car, so I have to rely on that, sorry. I'm sure you realise I wouldn't have passed you if I thought I would be speeding.
Didn't you wonder why nobody else had overtaken me?
I thought maybe they were too intimidated to.
In future sir, don't overtake a police car, and get your speedometer checked!
Anyone know where to get a speedo calibrated?
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