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Hellcat Driver Caught Going 165 MPH Gets Off With a $450 Ticket

Road & Track logo Road & Track 6 days ago Fred Smith
The driver was ticketed for going "41 or more MPH over the limit" in Oklahoma. Emphasis on the "or more." © Kevin McCauley The driver was ticketed for going "41 or more MPH over the limit" in Oklahoma. Emphasis on the "or more."

The speed limit along Oklahoma's H. E. Bailey Turnpike is 75 mph. Generous for a freeway, sure. On Thursday, a Challenger Hellcat driver was allegedly caught at 165 mph along that road. That, as it turns out, will still get you pulled over.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol let the driver off with just a citation for speeding. In a tweet shared by the department, the driver was cited only for a violation of going "41 mph or over" the limit, with no multipliers or additions for the extra 49 mph past that benchmark. In other words, at that point, the difference between the penalty for going 116 mph and 165 mph is free.

That meant the driver was left off with just a $449 fine, despite more than doubling the limit in an already-fast section of freeway. If you're familiar with the laws of less-lenient states, you know that speeds of as little as 20 mph over the limit can often carry harsh criminal penalties. As the fine is set in a tier that ends at 41 mph over the limit, this doesn't seem to be the case here.

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Maybe the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is just rewarding the driver for being the very slightest bit reserved. The basic Hellcat Challenger and Charger, two cars that have since been beaten by a wide variety of special editions that add even more power, can eclipse 200 mph. This driver at least chose to stay more than 35 mph below that V-max.

Via The Drive.

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