Speed Demon

Last time I drove down to NY I was the lucky recipient of a speeding ticket. See, it wasn’t really my fault, but then again….We were coming up on a construction zone, and I was behind a truck. I had enough space to pass him, and not be stuck behind him on a single lane highway for 25 miles. I passed him, immediately slowed down once I had gotten back in the right lane. And then the sneaky hide-a-cop pulled me over.

You have to know that I do not speed. I stick to 70 mph on the highway and am very careful. This was a construction zone in NY where there is, according to hide-a-cop, no law that limits passing speed. The cop was awfully nice to me, very polite, explaining that he totally understood that I was passing the truck before the construction zone, he DID see me slow down immediately after. So he was gonna cut me some slack and not ask for points off my license. Apparently going 65 to pass near a 55 construction zone is a big nono.

So he gave me a ticket, with the phone number of the local district attorney. Tells me that I can call the DA to get a reduction in my fine and sentence.

I just called the DA’s office – I have to get a driving abstract (not difficult to do) and send it in with a copy of my ticket, a SAE and a statement as to what happened, and I might get a reduction. Which means less of a fine, and instead of a speeding ticket, they may plead it down to a parking ticket.

I dunno. I am going to do all I can to plea it down and have to pay a reduced fee, but it just seems wrong to me. I learned my lesson. I will pay whatever they decide I should.

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  1. Lady Lock and Load says:

    Which area did you get the ticket?

  2. Lady Lock and Load says:

    Huh? Where in tarnation is that? Just came back from dropping off clothes at the dry cleaner, monsey is crawling with cops, waiting by the side in their unmarked vehicles to give me a ticket. Many areas have thirty mile and hour speed limits. Don’t they have some criminals to catch?

  3. Z! says:

    They have really crackedc down on drivers with cell phones. Even if you are just holding a device and they see it they will pull you over.

  4. Z! says:

    $55-$150 I think.

  5. Lion of Zion says:

    $130. i just got one in brooklyn. i was on speaker but holding the phone in my hand. i thought it’s ok as long as you’re on speaker, but i guess not.

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