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||[Mar. 13th, 2009|08:34 pm]
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I got a speeding ticket last night. It's my very first ticket, unless you count the speeding ticket I got last year in PA for going 36.5 mph. (Yeah, PA's Cheltenham Police can suck it.)|
I was driving back to NY from PA, and, after being tailgated for much of my four-hour trip, decided, "Hey, I know where I'm going now. Why don't I just hurry back?" Coming off a parkway where EVERYONE was doing at least 70, I was caught doing 80 and pulled over.
The entire day was just a massive fail. I'd gotten lost, I had to pee for hours, there were NO rest stops for the last 3 hours of my trip, I was tired and cranky, I was driving with new glasses, and, fyi, after he wrote me a ticket, the cop pulled into traffic without signaling, changed lanes without signaling, and then turned. Without signaling. For those counting, he broke a NYS traffic law three times.
Pleading guilty means $110 fine and six points on my license.
Pleading not guilty but convicted is a $170 fine.
Pleading not guilty and not convicted is obviously the best scenario. This could happen if the cop doesn't show up. He has it on record on the ticket that I was going 80 in a 55, so I'm not sure how I can say I'm not guilty, heh. Could I say that I was being tailgated for most of the ride, plus EVERYONE just getting off the parkway was speeding? I was also slowing down before he got me.
1. Do I plead guilty?
2. Have you ever gotten a ticket? How'd you plead? Did it turn out well?
3. WikiAnswers said I should keep postponing the court date until I finally show up and see that the cop didn't even show, so the case would be thrown out and I'd be ok. Have you done this? How'd you postpone it?