Would you fight it?
A few years ago, on NY's eve at about 5, I picked a friend up at the airport. We were pulled over and cited for speeding and following too close. Total BS. There is a mile space in the highway where the speed drops from 65 to 55. I was going with the flow and NOT following too close. It was a BS ticket. I fought it via writing (in CA you can state your case in writing, the officer does the same, and even if you lose, you can still appear in court). Both counts dropped.
On our recent road trip, I was driving a rental car I was not used to. SLO had just been killed. I was driving through his neck of the woods. My wife is pregnant. My 3yo daughter was asleep. I was SUPER aware of traffic dangers. Let's put it that way. So, I was cruise controlling it at about 68 the whole trip.
So, we are in the left lane of a two lane highway (less deer). There are two cars in the right lane. About 10 and 15 feet ahead of me. All of a sudden a jacked up pickup comes roaring up behind me (he must have been going near 100), and plants himself ON MY ASS. Like a few feet off my back bumper. Freaked me out. So, I punch it and pass the two cars on the right. No room to drop in behind.
Sure enough, as soon as I make my pass I see the CHP with a radar gun, pulled over, I explained, he didn't give a shit. Cited me for 85. 400 some dollar fine. I can take traffic school, but that's another 100.
I feel I did the right thing. The officer claimed to have not seen anything resembling what I described. He didn't care.
Would you fight it? If I was just speeding, fair enough. I'd bite the bullet, but I honestly thought we were in an unsafe situation and accelerated just enough to get back in the slow lane (where I should have been in the first place). Saw the same cop in the same place on the way back. Obvious speed traps through that part of rural-ish CA.
What would you do?
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