Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: In the twisties around Hendersonville, NC
Personally, I decided that running is not an option decades ago. If I'm in the right and get pulled over, than I'll defend myself. If I am doing something totally stupid, which I seriously avoid, I'll accept the consequences and still defend myself.
Fortunately, the few times I got to meet the LEO have been polite, professional and got just a warning.
I don't know what the law is in your state but in NC they are not supposed to pursue over some threshold but do anyway for whatever excuse they need at the time. I think I've read of at least three riders dying in pursuits the last couple of years near me, and twice that number crashing out hard.
Also in NC a the improper equipment ticket would turn into a class 1 Misdemeanor or even a Felony if there are aggravating circumstances. Not a good trade.
I don't know how you managed to get a ticket for the tag, but it sounds like the interaction did not go well.
As far as swerving back and forth, that is just a red flag that says pull me over. It is also pretty useless to put heat in the tires. If you want to scrub the sides in, you can do that in a parking lot at 20mph.
In NC is a defense you an use to go through a red light if you wait for 3 min? and proceed with caution if the traffic light system does not trigger. I have two lights between home and work that I regularly go through as they never pick up the bike. You might check what your state does.
Lastly, it is spring and LEO steps up enforcement on bikes. Happens every year locally. I just try to stay off the main roads and keep my head down.
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