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06-21-2012 08:58 PM
wrenrj1
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Originally Posted by Lockjaw View Post
I appreciate all the thoughts. I think I will fight it because I think it was legit. And that is a heck of a lot of money to us right now. My time is relatively cheap, unfortunately...I can write a defense. Paying the ticket would be a hurt, for sure. If I can fight and still take traffic school, I will.
Good luck (seriously). Here's an instructional video you may want to watch that may give you some ideas on how to structure your defense...Sorry for the commercial at the beginning.

06-21-2012 07:40 PM
Lockjaw Will do.



06-21-2012 07:04 PM
Rainier_Tom Keep us posted.
06-21-2012 04:50 PM
masterlink Wise decision.
06-21-2012 12:01 AM
Lockjaw I appreciate all the thoughts. I think I will fight it because I think it was legit. And that is a heck of a lot of money to us right now. My time is relatively cheap, unfortunately...I can write a defense. Paying the ticket would be a hurt, for sure. If I can fight and still take traffic school, I will.



06-20-2012 09:11 PM
wrenrj1 Lots of interesting comments, but it boils down to how much is your time worth, and what is the potential increase in insurance costs etc. I guess you could plead not guilty and go to court in the hope that the officer wouldn't show up, but past that, I'd just pay the fine. Regardless of the reason, you still violated the law, and that's what the case will be about.

Wren
06-20-2012 07:29 PM
masterlink I would, and have won, in PA by stating the facts:"I was taught to pass 18wheelers with speed and authority". As an example. If you are doing the safe thing by getting the heck out of an unsafe situation..you are driving properly IMHO. Best, whatever you decide.
06-20-2012 05:53 PM
Rainier_Tom Obviously the guy with the jacked up pickup had a better radar detector than you or had a cloak of invisibility Just kidding. I think I'd plead my case before a judge. What if it had been an ambulance that came up behind you and you did the same thing? Toss that at the judge.
06-20-2012 05:04 PM
Tom Schmitz It will probably never happen, as I don't ride over the flow of traffic speed (and more often simply ride the speed limit), but if I ever get pulled over for speeding I'm tempted to tell them I simply couldn't see the speedometer with my head stuck so far up my ass and my clear plastic navel cover was fogged up.

It might work for me...

T
06-20-2012 04:56 PM
Spec
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Originally Posted by Lockjaw View Post
The only thing I'm worried about is losing my traffic school option if I fight and lose. I have no points.

And Spec, I hear you. I have met lots of nice CHP guys. Just like anything else, some of them aren't cool. Most of them are I'd bet. I'd be interested to know what they think if you don't think that is unethical.

They don't live around me and I don't get to talk to them very often.

One of my CHP relatives is a jerk, he got promoted out of traffic patrol! The other flys for the CHP and did undercover work (auto thefts, chop shops, etc.) He's a great guy but would probably point out that the officer can only evaluate on what he observes or if another party comes foward to corroborate your story.

Slight derail...

I remember one of them telling me that while in the CHP academy the instructors told them if a womem is crying trying to get out of a ticket more than likely she has done it in the past and it worked, write her up! Sure enough he pulled over some woman, she started crying. He wrote her a ticket and as soon as he handed it her the crying stopped and she got mad!

back on thread...

If you submit a declaration I believe you can ask for a fine reduction and to go to traffic school. Not sure I haven't had a roadside encounter for 25 years or so!
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