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Old 12-07-2004, 06:04 AM   #1
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Faifax Conty MC cops

Why don’t the Fairfax County MC Cops ride those HD’s with the headlights on? I always see them on Fairfax county Parkway between 123 & the toll road but they never have their headlights on. Given that they wear grey & blue it seems they are unnecessarily putting themselves at risk for an accident by not making themselves more visible. I pitty the poor cop & the SOB who pulls out in front of one because he didn’t see him.
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Old 12-07-2004, 06:11 AM   #2
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Know a FFX. Sherrif. Asked him - he rides R1150 RT - and he doesn't know. Figured it's some special police "sneak up on them" thing.

I also asked why they ride side by side - seen that one myself. His response was "cause their fucktards".

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Old 12-07-2004, 06:15 AM   #3
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Know a FFX. Sherrif. Asked him - he rides R1150 RT - and he doesn't know. Figured it's some special police "sneak up on them" thing.

I also asked why they ride side by side - seen that one myself. His response was "cause their fucktards".

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I noticed the side by side thing also, I figured they liked looking at each other on those big HD's

Is it a law in VA that bikes have headlights on at all times?
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Old 12-07-2004, 06:17 AM   #4
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§ 46.2-912. Operating motorcycle without headlight, horn or rearview mirror.

A. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, motorcycles may be operated without headlights, horns, or rearview mirrors on public highways if all the following conditions are met:

1. The motorcycles are designed for use in trail riding and endurance runs;

2. The motorcycles are being driven by duly licensed persons;

3. The motorcycles are being operated between sunrise and sunset; and

4. The motorcycles are being operated during endurance runs sanctioned by the American Motorcycle Association.

B. No person shall operate motorcycles without such equipment on the public highways of the Commonwealth other than at the times and under the circumstances set forth in this section.

(1970, c. 300, § 46.1-172.01; 1978, c. 605; 1989, c. 727.)
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Old 12-07-2004, 06:18 AM   #5
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§ 46.2-857. Driving two abreast in a single lane.

A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives any motor vehicle, including any motorcycle, so as to be abreast of another vehicle in a lane designed for one vehicle, or drives any motor vehicle, including any motorcycle, so as to travel abreast of any other vehicle traveling in a lane designed for one vehicle. However, this section shall not apply to any validly authorized parade, motorcade, or motorcycle escort, nor shall it apply to a motor vehicle traveling in the same lane of traffic as a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped.
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Old 12-07-2004, 06:21 AM   #6
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I also asked why they ride side by side - seen that one myself. His response was "cause their fucktards".
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Old 12-07-2004, 06:24 AM   #7
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Thanks Freak, that is interesting...sounds like they could write each other some tickets
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Old 12-07-2004, 06:26 AM   #8
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Candor from the LEOs. Always refreshing.
Yah - he's a good guy. Will call an idiot cop and idiot cop as fast as he'll defend a cop doing what he must.

All in all, a very fair, sensible guy. The type of person you WANT to be a cop.

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Old 12-07-2004, 06:40 AM   #9
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Actually - there is a FFX or State M/C cop in my hood. I'll have to ask him. Either way, will be interesting to see what the response is. They both wear blue/gray so I can't tell which it is.

He sees bikes in the garage and we just wave at one another as he comes home from work.

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Old 12-07-2004, 06:51 AM   #10
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VA code
§ 46.2-912. Operating motorcycle without headlight, horn or rearview mirror.

A. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, motorcycles may be operated without headlights, horns, or rearview mirrors on public highways if all the following conditions are met:

1. The motorcycles are designed for use in trail riding and endurance runs;

2. The motorcycles are being driven by duly licensed persons;

3. The motorcycles are being operated between sunrise and sunset; and

4. The motorcycles are being operated during endurance runs sanctioned by the American Motorcycle Association.

B. No person shall operate motorcycles without such equipment on the public highways of the Commonwealth other than at the times and under the circumstances set forth in this section.

(1970, c. 300, § 46.1-172.01; 1978, c. 605; 1989, c. 727.)
I'm looking but can't find it. I believe headlights are required. so stop that cop and write him up

If you read above "if all the following conditions are met: "

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"No person shall operate motorcycles without such equipment on the public highways of the Commonwealth other than at the times and under the circumstances set forth in this section."
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Old 12-07-2004, 07:00 AM   #11
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I'm looking but can't find it. I believe headlights are required. so stop that cop and write him up
Yea..citizens arrest..I really don't care about them breaking the law, it just seems really dumb for safety reasons
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Old 12-07-2004, 08:54 AM   #12
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I remember asking one of them why they wear practically no gear (half helmets, no gloves, no jacket, etc). The response was "We are trained so that we know how to fall in a crash."

Pretty much blew any credibility I had given the guy. As many accidents as they see, you think they would know better. Maybe it's a macho thing.
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Old 12-07-2004, 09:12 AM   #13
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I remember asking one of them why they wear practically no gear (half helmets, no gloves, no jacket, etc). The response was "We are trained so that we know how to fall in a crash."


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Old 12-08-2004, 11:57 AM   #14
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more code

§ 46.2-857. Driving two abreast in a single lane.

A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives any motor vehicle, including any motorcycle, so as to be abreast of another vehicle in a lane designed for one vehicle, or drives any motor vehicle, including any motorcycle, so as to travel abreast of any other vehicle traveling in a lane designed for one vehicle. However, this section shall not apply to any validly authorized parade, motorcade, or motorcycle escort, nor shall it apply to a motor vehicle traveling in the same lane of traffic as a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped.
Yep, this is the reason we can't lane split.
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Old 12-08-2004, 01:12 PM   #15
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Yep, this is the reason we can't lane split.
Which is really stupid. If there is anyplace other than LA where you should be able to split, it's the freakin traffic around the DC area. While it isn't technically the worst in the country, it just seems more aggrevating than most.
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