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Writer's Block: Jury Duty - Dan the Serene
August 10th, 2009
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Writer's Block: Jury Duty

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Date:August 10th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Actually yes. In Fairfax county the court imposes 1 day in jail at 90 MPH. Then you get another day for every mile per hour over 90. So he was technically looking at 30 days in jail per the court's normal procedures.

Most likely he will not be allowed to serve it on the weekends. Two weeks, however, is not really two weeks. Each day in the pokey counts as two. So he'll really only serve one actual week in jail.

As for being a weird reason to take a state-mandated vacation consider this. Most people have enough driving skill to drive from point A to point B under ideal conditions. This is provided that NOTHING goes wrong and the second that something goes wrong they crash.

At 120 MPH he was moving at 176 feet per second. Compare that to the posted speed limit on that road of 50 MPH / 73 FPS, and an average ambient traffic speed of 60 MPH / 88 FPS. Then consider the fact that F=mv2 So for every additional MPH he has now DRAMATICALLY increased the amount of energy his vehicle can exert on another body.

Now before I go on the racetrack my car is completely inspected. EVERY nut, bolt, screw, etc., that is attached to a critical component is checked with a torque wrench. We call the process "nut and bolt"ing. The brake fluid is completely bled out and replaced, the alignment is checked, the corner weights of the car are adjusted. Tire pressures are adjusted and checked before and after each session on track.

How many people out there driving their street cars can say they've checked their car like that? The entire process is more for safety than performance, yet people think it is OK to take a street car that has no rollcage, no fire suppression system, no fuel cell, no harnesses, no window nets, etc., and go 120 MPH on a public road where there are road hazards, people driving with their heads up their asses, making lane changes without signals, running red lights, failing to yield, etc. How is it in any way shape or form a good idea to go 120 MPH in conditions like that?

I say he got off easy with only 2-weeks in jail. The little old ladies should have given him the full deal.
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Date:August 10th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Particularrly on the lower section of the Parkway, his event horizon would often be less than a second away.
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