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post #1 of 25 Old 08-14-2013, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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At what distance do you stop giving notification?

I like to be a conscientious rider and supporter of my fellow riders.
When I pass a police officer I let any up coming riders know with a pat on my head.
But how far away from the officer do you stop giving notice to other riders?
1 mile? 2? more?

Just curious what the guidelines might be.
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I have never been one to warn anybody, but I would say a mile would be more than adequate.

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Careful, in many places this is considered obstructing the duties of a police officer. I've actually seen a second officer stationed down the road watching for lights flashing, etc.
But then I'd say a mile as well.
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Careful, in many places this is considered obstructing the duties of a police officer. I've actually seen a second officer stationed down the road watching for lights flashing, etc.
Never heard of that. Curious as to what they can do to you... Give you a ticket for flashing your lights or touching your helmet? I'd lawyer up and spend my last penny fighting it on principle

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I agree. About a mile. But I would never have known what a pat on the head meant before I read it here. A light flash is more common

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I have heard about the head pat thing... Here in Canada (Ontario at least) we warn oncoming drivers of police presence by flashing our high beams...

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post #7 of 25 Old 08-14-2013, 04:29 PM
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I always, without fail, every time, as soon as I see a police officer, I point to the sky and wave my hand in a circular motion (indicating a rotating light) to every vehicle. Seems to work as riders and drivers acknowledge and its fun to see them hit the brakes....f*ck the police
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I have a radar detector, if you're one to speed more than 5 over w/o one then you're asking for a ticket. Coming from an experienced pro at "blue-blind speeding".

That said, EMFH on the road, I am only courteous to other courteous people and I ride like everyone is drunk.


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I always signal if I see the popo checking speeds. Touching the helmet is one way to do it. If another cop down the road pulled me over for signaling I would simply tell him I was adjusting my helmet vents.
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post #10 of 25 Old 08-14-2013, 05:46 PM
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Patting the top of your helmet is the universal warning, but a lot of people don't know it. If I have time I'll signal to slow and spin my finger in the air. Everyone seems to get that. Depending on where I am, I may warn MC's for 5 miles or more. At the dragon everyone sees to know and use the pat.

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