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December 3rd, 2000

Speeding Tickets

After over eight years with not even a traffic stop on my record, my streak was marred this weekend. And I’ve decided that speeding tickets suck.

At 3:30am I was driving to my parents’ house in NJ. I was on a pretty major highway (2 lanes in each direction) and there were maybe one or two other cars on the road. At one point I looked up and saw that there was a cop car immediately behind me without his lights on. I continued at the same speed I was going, since I was within a couple mph of the speed limit. He then flipped his lights on and I uttered a few choice phrases as I pulled over.

The cop played the stereotypical traffic cop perfectly. “May I see your insurance and registration please?” with the flashlight shining in the car. I avoided that “What seems to be the problem, officer?” line since I figured he’d tell me anyway. I was intimidated because I’d never been pulled over before and he had the more-lawful-than-thou attitude down, like I was transporting drugs across state lines or something.

“Back there I clocked you doing a 60 in a 45.” He looked at my license, insurance, and registration and added, “Is this your current address?” He then went back to his car to do write out the ticket and do whatever else cops do in the car for that ungodly amount of time.

60 in a 45. I was watching my speed and making sure I wasn’t doing over 55 in a 45, though since I was extremely tired (my eyes were absolutely bloodshot), I figured I must have creeped up a little higher than I expected at one point. He must have clocked me before I noticed I was going a little fast.

He came back to the car and said, “Even though you were going 15 over, I made it nine.” Oh, gee, thanks. Save me $10. “You have a right to contest this ticket if you wish. The court date if you choose to do so is December 28th.” He paused. “Do you know where you are?” Whether he asked this because I was out-of-state or because he was drunk, I’m not sure.

In any event, I’m now stuck with a $78 ticket (!!!) and points on my newly clean insurance record (I passed the 25 milestone a couple months ago). And what irks me is that he actually pulled me over for this…

  • Though I may have crept up to 60, he followed me for a while and must have seen that I dropped my speed. There were very few other people even on the road, but the ones I saw were all going as fast or faster than me.
  • I’m a defensive driver 95% of the time — I use my turn signals even if no other soul in the world is visible to me, I wasn’t driving erratically, and I never try to run red lights.
  • As an out-of-state person, I have a feeling that he didn’t even consider giving me a warning for this minor infraction. Why? Because he knew I wouldn’t pay $30 in tolls and taxes and spend eight hours driving three days after Christmas to contest a $78 ticket, even if I wasn’t guilty.
Now, I’m not saying I’m above the law or anything — I am guilty of driving nine mph over the limit — but I’m still irritated by the whole thing. Was it really worth stopping me? I guess so, to reach their quota and make the police department some cash. But I have a feeling that there were other people they should have been more concerned with (like the Dunkin Donuts truck that almost turned head on into me about three minutes later).

I guess I should have read this book (which I do own) a little more carefully. -ram

Posted in Cars

Lawrence December 29, 2006, 3:16 pm

Police Departments DO NOT have quotas….the only stats that matter are lock ups and a large majority of lock ups come from traffic stops because of suspended drivers, drugs, guns etc. Police Departments also DO NOT make money off of traffic tickets…the department gets 1/10 of 1% of the fine on every traffic ticket. Research a topic before you form an opinion based soley on what you hear. Stop adopting other peoples ideas as your own before looking at all the facts. Not having a mind of your own seems to be an epidemic with liberals. Liberals are not stupid…just many stupid people are Liberals.

kayla April 16, 2007, 9:16 pm

I got pulled over twice this weekendin indiana. the first times ever! and got a speeding ticket both times.. 39 in a 20.. and 77 in a 55. do you think my license will be suspended? bad weekend 🙁

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