Judges let off 100+ mph speeders

"He passed me like I was standing still." 
How often have you said this, or heard someone else say it, about cars passing you on the highway? How often when you are keeping up with traffic by driving  five or ten miles over the speed limit has someone rocketed past you, going 30 or 40 miles over the speed limit?
Undoubtedly, you've assumed that if these "triple digit speeders" are caught, that judges would throw the book at them. 
Un uh.
The Tribune has discovered that since 2006, Chicago-area courts have given supervision
to nearly two-thirds of those found guilty of driving 100 mph or
faster. For hundreds of motorists caught driving that fast every year, court
supervision helps keep their insurance rates low while stopping
officials from using the tickets as a reason to suspend their licenses.
The Tribune more than a week ago tried to ask Cook County's presiding judge, Timothy Evans how this could be. But she aid through his office that he was too busy to talk. Dolt.
Here are some of the excuses given in neighboring counties:

In DuPage County, where 62 percent of triple-digit speeders get the deal, State's Attorney Joe Birkett said those speeders usually impress judges by getting attorneys.

"Unfortunately, the mere fact they step up with a lawyer, the judge will take into consideration that this person is taking this seriously," Birkett said.

Judges in those counties, for their part, say they look at every case individually. They don't want to be overly harsh. Convictions can cost a driver his or her license, which could mean losing a job. And, judges often face a heavy volume of cases, with pressure to move through them quickly and assign fines.

"Some judges do 7,000 cases a month," said Will County Judge Gerald Kinney, "and you have municipalities who are as interested in revenue as they are in a conviction."

Judges are too busy? So, tell me, how does a judge lightened his oh-so-heavy load of cases by handing out passes in the form of "supervision" instead of convictions? Judges are impressed when the dangerous creep standing in front of them has a lawyer?  Judges are sympathetic because the creep might lose his job?

This is too funny. But nearly as funny as the comments posted by some readers suggesting that we should be able to drive at triple-digit speeds like "they do in Germany." You had to know that some dimwit would bring up that argument. It's a red herring. Even the thickest blockhead knows that differential driving speeds of up to 50 miles an hour is dangerous.
They ought to throw them in jail. And the judges that let them off easy should share a cell with them.


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  • Agree with you. I drive the exact speed limit and keep it on cruise..and these fools drive past me and have the audacity to give ME a disapproving look.

  • The energy involved in an impact between two vehicles on the highway is directly proportional to the SQUARE of the velocity difference between the two vehicles at impact. So an impact at a 20 mph differential is 4 times as bad as an impact at a 10 mph differential - and an impact at a 40 mph differential is 16 times as bad as an impact at a 10 mph differential. This calculation might suggest that everyone should be driving at the same speed, no matter how far above the speed limit. Except that when an impact occurs with something that is stationary, the velocity differential is the velocity of the moving vehicle - try running into a concrete abutment.

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