ticket me yellow

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by bpu699, Aug 27, 2004.

  1. bpu699

    bpu699 F1 World Champ
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    Do yellow cars really get more tickets? Intuitively, I would guess so. I saw a couple of nice yellow ferraris I would like to consider, but am worried that I will be personally escorted by every trooper on the highway.

    Is, or isn't this the case? Any cops out there care to comment? It would seem that if you have a flock of cars all speeding at 70mph, most cops would salivate over ticketing the yellow ferrari...

    Tell me it ain't so...My buddies refer to most yellow cars as "ticket me yellow."
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  3. MarkG

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    I can't speak for all of the law enforcement community, but I can say that the 13 years I spent in uniformed patrol (SF Bay Area) the cars that got the tickets were the ones that were speeding, no matter what brand or color.

    We looked more to the smooth flow of traffic rather than specific speed, so if a 'flock' of cars were going 80 mph down the freeway, and were doing so without safety issues, than that was a 'safe' environment and no enforcement action taken; HOWEVER, if the flow was 65 mph and you are doing 75 mph, and having to weave in and out of lanes,tailgating etc in order to maintain your 'above the flow' speed, you get nailed.

    I drove my red 308 all over the southwest, I-25, I-40, RT66, I-15, I-70 in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, took some small roads driving to tiny communities, cities and villages; spent nights in Green River Utah, Gallup NM, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, Kingman AZ and so on.....and NEVER had any issues with the cops.......but I drove 'with the flow' for the most part - heck I even parked between 3 NM State Police cars at the Giant truck stop E of Gallup (wish I had a pic of that- 2 patrol cars, my 308 and then another patrol car all parked next to each other!).
  4. jm2

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    I can honestly say i have not had any problems in the years i've had my yellow 355.While the car certainly attracts enough attention,as long as one drives responsibly,the color shouldn't cause any problems.Besides , life's too short to worry about whether or not the police are going to notice you more or less than some other car. NO ferrari is going to go unnoticed.Choose the color you want.
  5. bpu699

    bpu699 F1 World Champ
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    Well, I feel a little better.

    Just for the record, I have never gotten a speeding ticket. I always make sure that at least one person (the designated moron), is going faster. I pretty much always stick with the flow of traffic. But Ive got to tell you, I feel like I am always being followed by the police because of my choice of cars...

    So far I have owned mostly porsches (944t,911s,996,boxter, etc). And even on roads where the speed limit is 35, and I'm keeping with the flow at 40mph, the trooper always goes behind my car and follows for a mile or so. I presume he is running the tags. Then they just turn away. It is still anxiety provoking, because technically, I am speeding 5 over, but so is everyone else.

    Ive never really had troopers pull out of speed traps to follow me, but if they happen to be in the flow of traffic and behind me, then its almost a gurantee that they will tail me. Of interest, its not like it looks like I don't belong in the car...I'm not a 15 year old kid with a mohawk or something similar...

    Lets assume you are an officer, and you see 15 cars coming at you at 15 mph over (pretty common, 70 in a 55 mph zone). In the middle of the pack is a yellow ferrai testarossa. You are honestly saying that you wouldnt preferentially pull that car over??? You would pull the pregnant woman over, with the subara and the dog, because see is 17 mph over instead???

    I want to believe it, I really do. Any other thoughts?
  6. SrfCity

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    Nov 1, 2003
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    I think naturally a brighter color will get you into trouble quicker if you're speeding. Mine is titanium and I feel like I'm attracting attention if I'm driving with a group of brighter cars. If you really like a brighter color then you have to live with this theory and what goes along with it.
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  8. BigTex

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    I have a yellow Ferrari. It's a happy color, like a smiley face...

    I once had a female Sheriff screach to a stop, hop out of her cruiser, run over to where I was throwing my empty beer bottles away :rolleyes:, and INSIST she sit in it!!!! Now THAT made a pic, and scared the heck out of my date.....

    I also have a blue one that does not attract so much attention, but still gets the "that's beautiful" comments at the stoplight.

    As stated above, the main thing is to obey traffic laws, maintain your Safety Inspections and license plate registration....AND PUT THAT FRONT PLATE ON!!!!!

    They are getting real serious about that around here.....

    How about "arrest me red"????? LOL!
  9. BigTex

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    Of course with yellow you have to live with comments like:

    "Excuse me sir, I think you left your paint job turned on..."
    I throw a car cover on it........
  10. Kds

    Kds F1 World Champ

    I've driven every color as a I'd say's the driving that catches their eye.

    Having said one is lining up to buy brown cars either.
  11. 4i2fly

    4i2fly Formula 3

    Apr 16, 2004
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    Most people would agree with you except I. I was heading down on 280 south of 92 interchange where I saw a motorcycle CHP issuing a ticket to a green Escort. I thought to myself they work in twos so there's go to be another one around... Sure enough 1/2 mile later another motorcycle CHP had his helmet on and was talking to lady driver in a black sl500 on the side of the road. I was going with the flow of traffic at the far lane next to a small pick up truck. The trooper only glanced at me, few hundred yards away and I saw him walking back to his bike. Never made anything out of it and continued to drive as I was... When I cleared the Edgewood exit I opened it and exited a few miles later at Sandhill, drove all the way to Sandhill and Santa Cruz and saw a trooper behind me. He was shaken up and said did you see the troopers on 280 and I said yeas, way up there about 12-13 miles ago. He said I was one of them... To make the long story short he said he was doing about 140MPH and he could not catch up with me, at any time I could see if the trooper behind me. The freeway was empty. Anyway, he claimed he saw me taking the Sandhill exit about 80 MPH although he was at least a mile away and showed me with his hand how I maneuvered the exit. I did argue with him (useless), and he wrote me up for 85MPH and not having front and rear license plates. The guy thought to himself that I was going to speed and came after me even though I was going about 70MPH with the flow of traffic (280 normal speed is about 85). I ended up dismissing the ticket but it goes to show you if I was driving a silver car this would not have happen (at least in my mind).
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  13. Challenge

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    This is the bullsh|t I hate about cops. YOU are the one violating the law by doing 80, but THEY are OK to rip it up to 140 in pursuit of you without consequence. OK, I forgot...cops are better, safer drivers because of all that training they get.

    My most recent ticket was 40 in a 25. I saw the blue lights bearing down on me a a VERY high speed. He must have been doing 70 in a 25 to catch me (a mile or so away at the time). Again, it's fine for them to do it. Jerkoffs.
  14. 720

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    see a doctor. they have medication that may help you (i'm kidding of course) :) then buy a radar detector (gives you a sporting chance) and drive your ferrari and enjoy the experience. if you happen to get a ticket from time to time it's not a big deal...annoying yes, but not worth letting the fear of it stop you from enjoying life a little.
  15. DGS

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    That's probably a matter of where you drive, as well as how.

    In south Jersey, we used to say that red Alfas come factory equipped with a cop car in the rear view mirror. A decade ago, they used to say that VA beach cops only go after cars with "flip up" headlights. So far, I've never even been pulled over in the black 328 -- but then, the black ones show all the fingerprints after they've been parked. ;)

    In some towns, speeding tickets are just an additional "road tax". The only ticket I got in the last 15 years was for 40 in a 30 zone -- on a road most people take at 50 or more. It was the only time I ever saw a cop on that road, and he ignored the SUVs and pulled over the old Alfa (and wrote the ticket for 45 (grr)). But that was probably more because the old Alfa pre-dated shoulder harnesses, and he couldn't tell I was wearing my lap belt until he pulled me over. (The speeding ticket may have just been to cover "probable cause".)

    But if you really want blue attention, get a ricer with a big honkin' wing. In a year, I've been followed uncounted times in the EVO in MA, and pulled over twice (once for 20 in a 25). In two weeks in VA, the EVO has already been tailgated by two different Arlington cops. I guess when they see I'm not speeding, it reassures them that I can see out of the back, so they move on. (Sorry, guys, but the speed conformance has more to do with synchronized traffic lights than the light bar in the rearview.)
  16. Steve King

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    Feb 15, 2001
    Gentlemen this is a 2 part issue . The first being the ARREST ME RED principle which has to do with stand out visual contact. Bright color have a tendency to be spotted 1st where as other colors blend in with the background. That is why Silver is the most purchased car color with Red being down near the bottomof the list. The next issue is and EXOTIC sports car which Ferrari takes high honors. The thought process here is a high percentage of the people who own these cars have a higher tendency to speed or drive in a wreckless manner. Stats show these type of cars get involved in high speed accidents. Also the ability to afford the ticket price is there. So you boys have fun with your toys but stay with the flow and don't follow the rabbit to close. Use the radar detectors and when alone on the road stay in the right hand lane . You will also find that older Police will cut you a break because they just want to see the car up close while the new young guns don't think anyone should own a car of that nature so they bang you.
  17. Crawford

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    I have a yellow 328; had a red one before that. The only time a policeman ever talked to me was to tell me my brake lights and turning signals were out (a recurring problem in the red car - since remedied). Very, very nice guy and no ticket.
  18. Spasso

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    I haven't gotten one yet.
  19. bpu699

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    Interesting thoughts. Getting a speeding ticket here in wisoconsin is, from what I understand, a royal pain.

    In Chicago, a speeding ticket usually gets you traffic school, 6 months probation, and a 100$ fine. This I could tolerate. If you just show up in court, you pretty much get 0 points, and just the fine. Of course if you do this frequently, then the appropriate punsihment follows.

    In Wisconsin (Racine, specifically), you immediately get points, and traffic school is a rarity. I'm not sure how much value an attorney would be, and I don't want to find out. 5 points in 2 years and you lose your liscence (my friend got 3 or so points for 20 over...). I don't mind paying a ticket, but I really don't want to pay the associated insurance rates. Figure 1-2 tickets means about 500-1000$ per year/per vehicle more in payments...

    I wish I lived in the southwest, with nice open roads. The best we can hope for here in a quiet forest preserve...
  20. RAYMAN

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    I think Insurance statistics will show that RED cars are the most ticketed.
  21. 6.0 se

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    That is a fact. However, there are many more red cars than yellow. The human eye notices the following colors quickest:

    These colors actually cause discomfort to the eye, and that is why the eye notices them first.

    That is why caution signs and the lines in the road are yellow/orange. So it is natural to assume that yellow cars will be "noticed" by the eye quicker than any other color, and if you are doing something unlawful, have a good chance of a ticket.

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