A retired traffic cop is giving up some "behind the scenes" insight to the world of speeding tickets.  Among his insights, "how fast can you go before getting pulled over" and "is there any excuse that can get you out of the ticket."

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Retired Texas traffic cop, Mike Brucks gave the inside scoop to Popular Mechanics Magazine on his 35 years of patrolling the highway.  Among the tidbits:

How much over the speedlimit before you would write a ticket?

The speed limit in Texas used to be 60 mph, [and] well, out on the clear road where there's a lot of visibility I give people leeway. I wouldn't write tickets until they got to 80 mph.


Any excuse that will get a person out of a ticket?

When someone tells me that a family member has just been sent to the hospital and they're on their way, how can I ticket them for that?


My personal favorite was Bruck's repsonse to the question "when not to chase a speeder."

I clocked a guy on a crotch-rocket bike doing 189 mph. Just let him go.... You have to determine if you can catch him, if chasing him will cause an accident for him, for you, for the public. There's no way to catch anyone like that.


Read more of Brucks' interview here, including stories about the best excuse he's heard, the craziest speeder he's ever caught and what tickets are written most often.