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      09-01-2008, 10:30 PM   #1
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I'm coming in from Pittsburgh on Friday thru Monday. Keep an eye out for an AW 135 with PA plates in Vienna in northern VA. I heard that radar detectors are illegal there and the cops are total dicks. Any confirmation....anything else I should know about??:iono:
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      09-02-2008, 02:31 PM   #2
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If you speed and they see a detector you will get a ticket!! There is no forgiveness------fromone who knows..
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      09-02-2008, 03:49 PM   #3
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Hide the detector. Stick with traffic. VA is bad but MD is worse. Watch for unmarked Chargers and Mustangs around Baltimore.

You'll likely hit lots of rain from Gustav. I grew up in Philly metro traffic, but Norther Virginians (no offense to natives) struggle with driving in general, and in foul weather, it's a crap shoot...snow is downright comical.

They tail WAY too close, don't pay attention, cut you off, and can't handle their huge vehicles. I can't emphasize enough to increase following distance. Drivers will insist you speed up to close the gap, cut in front of you, or even flick you off, but just stay back. That practice has saved me from getting rear ended countless times. Your 1er can stop MUCH quicker than most vehicles on the road, the guy behind you, leaving no more than 5 feet will inevitably run up your ass if you're forced to stop quickly.

Safe travels, enjoy the trip.
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      09-02-2008, 05:40 PM   #4
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Hide the detector. Stick with traffic. VA is bad but MD is worse. Watch for unmarked Chargers and Mustangs around Baltimore.

You'll likely hit lots of rain from Gustav. I grew up in Philly metro traffic, but Norther Virginians (no offense to natives) struggle with driving in general, and in foul weather, it's a crap shoot...snow is downright comical.

They tail WAY too close, don't pay attention, cut you off, and can't handle their huge vehicles. I can't emphasize enough to increase following distance. Drivers will insist you speed up to close the gap, cut in front of you, or even flick you off, but just stay back. That practice has saved me from getting rear ended countless times. Your 1er can stop MUCH quicker than most vehicles on the road, the guy behind you, leaving no more than 5 feet will inevitably run up your ass if you're forced to stop quickly.

Safe travels, enjoy the trip.
Driving in N.Va. is like driving in Italy. Speed limits are a joke, people drive like they don't give a crap about their or others' cars, and as above, can't seem to follow the turns in the road unless they're 6 feet from the person ahead. Forget about the passing lane concept here too!
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      09-02-2008, 08:28 PM   #5
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If you're driving in Vienna proper and the speed limit is 25 miles an hour, do not exceed 25 miles an hour. Their speed limits (particularly on 123) are ludicrously low, and the police take full advantage of it.

VA police are notorious sticklers for things such as changing lanes without signaling (which, in some contexts, I believe can be deemed 'reckless driving'), and are generally very difficult.

In their defense, however, drawing from comments above, people here are ALWAYS more important than you, and it's YOUR fault for being in their way. I'm sure I'd be a little bitter if I had to deal with these people day in and day out.
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      09-02-2008, 08:50 PM   #6
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stay away from fairfax like the plague!
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      09-23-2008, 11:16 AM   #7
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stay away from fairfax like the plague!
hahahahah.
that was a good one.
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      09-25-2008, 05:45 PM   #8
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