Traffic violations are no laughing matter. They can lead to serious consequences including the suspension of your driving privileges, in some cases. A recent incident on a California highway, however, left both the driver and the police officer smiling at the unique nature of the situation in spite of the potentially costly fine.
A Dream Car
In the months and years leading up to the film’s release in 1985, the minds behind Back to the Future wanted to find a futuristic-looking vehicle to be used as a time machine—an essential part of the movie’s plot and widespread appeal. They eventually settled on the DeLorean DMC-12. The model number is a little misleading as it was the only model ever produced by the DeLorean Motor Company, but with its stainless steel body and gull-wing doors, the car that is known simply as “the DeLorean” certainly fit the bill.
In the years since the film’s release, the DeLorean has become a pop culture icon. Just over 9,000 were originally built, and they have long since become the targets of collectors, film buffs, and others with an interest in unique automobiles. Various companies have also made kits available so that owners can make their DeLoreans look like the time machine from the movie.
Testing the (Speed) Limit
About a month ago, a young man in Saugus, California finally realized his decade-long dream of owning a DeLorean. Late last week, he decided it was time to take the car out on the road with his mother in the passenger seat. According to a local news report, as he got onto the highway, he looked down and realized he was doing about 85 miles per hour, just three miles per hour shy of the threshold of 88 mph—which, in the movie, would send the vehicle through time. He pushed the accelerator a little harder and hit the “magic number” for a few seconds before seeing the lights of a California Highway Patrol vehicle behind him.
When the smiling officer approached the silver sports car and showed the driver the radar gun readout, “All of us started busting up laughing,” the driver told The Santa Clarita Valley Signal. The radar gun had clocked the car at exactly 88 miles per hour. The officer issued the driver a ticket, but not before asking whether he had a flux capacitor with him. “Maybe if I had the flux capacitor,” the driver joked, “he would have let me off.”
Dealing With Speeding Tickets?
With only a few thousand in existence, chances are good that you will never drive a DeLorean. The likelihood of being issued a speeding ticket, however, is far greater. If you have received a citation for exceeding the speed limit, running a red light, or any other type of traffic violation, contact an experienced Joliet traffic citations lawyer. Call Attorney Jack L. Zaremba at 815-740-4025 for a free consultation today. He will help you explore your options and will work hard to protect your rights along the way.