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Old 01-11-2007, 12:41 PM   #1
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The Florida Highway Patrol on Thursday showed off a trio of high-powered sport motorcycles it had recently seized, including the $9300 Yamaha YZF-R6.

"All the law says is we get the tag number, we just come and pick up the bike," Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Kim Miller told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

Last year, the force grabbed the rides of 344 motorcyclists, usually claiming that their owners had run from the police -- a felony -- based on a memory of a license plate number. No police car can keep up with either a sport bike's top speed or ability to accelerate, and Florida police have a policy restricting high-speed chases. Although police claim the confiscation policy is done to save the lives of innocent motorists, no automobile driver has been killed by a motorcyclist on the run.

The most common state police tactic is to accuse a motorcyclist of a felony, initiate the seizure proceeding, then drop the charges. This allows police get to keep the sport bike without the effort of a court battle or the danger of a not guilty verdict. Even an innocent motorcyclist will think twice about fighting an an unjust seizure since the felony charges carry jail time and a permanent black mark on more than just the driving record.

Source: Reckless bikers risk losing rides (Orlando Sentinel (FL), 1/6/2007)
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:43 PM   #2
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and people wonder why people on ride the track and don't ride on the streets.
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Thats in Florida. I think they chase you down in Texas.

Or at least try to

I pull over for the police, I dont have anything to hide and they have usually been polite.
They seem kinda suprised that at my age I still ride a sportbike but, ohwell
What can I say.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:01 PM   #5
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Thats in Florida. I think they chase you down in Texas.

Or at least try to

I pull over for the police, I dont have anything to hide and they have usually been polite.
They seem kinda suprised that at my age I still ride a sportbike but, ohwell
What can I say.
As soon as I take off my helmet they start with the "SIR"
But I guess that is better than the alternatives:laughing6
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, that sounds like theft to me.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:08 PM   #7
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As soon as I take off my helmet they start with the "SIR"
But I guess that is better than the alternatives:laughing6
That's cause you're OLD and WRINKLED Clyde!

They take it easy on you because they are scared you might break your hip or something getting off the bike, so they let you go rather than have to face a possible lawsuit
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, that sounds like theft to me.
+1 I would have to fight it cause theres no way Id let the police dept jack me for my bike when I havnt done anything wrong. Screw that and heres to them and kiss my
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+1 I would have to fight it cause theres no way Id let the police dept jack me for my bike when I havnt done anything wrong. Screw that and heres to them and kiss my
Alot of the info does not make sense.... When exactly are they seizing these things? I mean, if you are coming to my house to steal my bike there will be reprocusions. Does not make alot of sense to me.
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Alot of the info does not make sense.... When exactly are they seizing these things? I mean, if you are coming to my house to steal my bike there will be reprocusions. Does not make alot of sense to me.
i think it's shady they can come to your house from just trying to memorize your plate number. what if they got the wrong number. i don't know. doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me either.
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[quote=wiz]The Florida Highway Patrol on Thursday showed off a trio of high-powered sport motorcycles it had recently seized, including the $9300 Yamaha YZF-R6.

"All the law says is we get the tag number, we just come and pick up the bike," Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Kim Miller told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

The tag number would be how they find you.
If you run in Florida they just try to get your plate number and then knock, knock, BAM!! your bike is gone.
I am sure they are real hard on bikes with obscured/concealed plates for this reason.
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i think it's shady they can come to your house from just trying to memorize your plate number. what if they got the wrong number. i don't know. doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me either.
Exactly, I don't know how they do this but, they would probably be arresting me as well if they are coming to take my stuff. :eh:
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Hope the TX DPS doesnt start this program.
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The Florida Highway Patrol on Thursday showed off a trio of high-powered sport motorcycles it had recently seized, including the $9300 Yamaha YZF-R6.

"All the law says is we get the tag number, we just come and pick up the bike," Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Kim Miller told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

The tag number would be how they find you.
If you run in Florida they just try to get your plate number and then knock, knock, BAM!! your bike is gone.
I am sure they are real hard on bikes with obscured/concealed plates for this reason.
Not sure what country Florida is in now... Maybe Cuba... but, last I checked you are innocent until proven guilty. How the do they seize your stuff with out first proving you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt?
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:34 PM   #17
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Not sure what country Florida is in now... Maybe Cuba... but, last I checked you are innocent until proven guilty. How the do they seize your stuff with out first proving you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt?
the killer is that they say after seizing the bike they drop the charges to avoid all the legal expenses and the possibility that the owner may actually get off.
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the killer is that they say after seizing the bike they drop the charges to avoid all the legal expenses and the possibility that the owner may actually get off.
Exactly, that is theft and we shoot thieves in Cypress. :laughing6

... anyways, their has to be some information missing from this write up. Call the police department and ask them how this is supposed to work.
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Hmmmm. Well in Harris County the Sheriff's office gets to keep the proceeds from anything they seize. If it's the same in FL what's to stop these guys from just driving around cherry picking bikes?
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Hmmmm. Well in Harris County the Sheriff's office gets to keep the proceeds from anything they seize. If it's the same in FL what's to stop these guys from just driving around cherry picking bikes?
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