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HelicopterOff Topics › Speeding ticket, should I fight it? UPDATED
03-06-2006 07:03 PM  11 years agoPost 21
Hoverdown3K

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Rochester, New York

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Spring 2005 -
Strange... the last speeding ticket I got , I was told I needed a lawyer to plea it down.

Chili / Gates twon court.

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03-07-2006 03:52 AM  11 years agoPost 22
sixeven

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Ft. Myers Florida

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Go ahead....Fight it. But it will boil down to this simple fact. If the officer doesn't show then your golden and the time off from work or home life is probably worth it.

However, if the officer shows.... Well then your F**CKED. It doesn't matter what you say or what your awareness of the traffic was. It boils down to your word vs. the cops word. The judge will almost ALWAYS side with the cop. He may be cool and reduce the violation to nonmoving but the fine usually stays and then you also have court costs. Plus, all of your lost time and aggravation.

Trust me, after numerous tickets (some deserved and some TOTALLY BS) I figured out fighting it was much more painful and expensive than just paying it and moving on with your life. Like I said earlier, if you just roll with the punch and view it like a random tax that we all must pay, it makes swallowing the whole thing much easier.

Yes, it's BS but it's the government....What do you expect?

SiXeVeN

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03-07-2006 02:34 PM  11 years agoPost 23
wildcatflyer

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South Portsmouth, Ky

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I've had my share of speeding tickets in my lifetime and I've gone to several different traffic courts some with judges and some with magistrates. My experience has shown me that the odds of winning in court are not in my favor and unless I really feel like I got a raw deal from the cop, I'm not going to waste my time fighting it. Going to court mostly just eats up your day making you miss work and have to travel too far just to get to where the court house is. Sometimes it just comes to down to a matter of principle to have the opportunity to defend yourself in court even if you don't win. I still have my license

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03-07-2006 03:27 PM  11 years agoPost 24
Pistol_Pete

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Seffner, FL

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Fighting a ticket is like playing poker...the "house" has the advantage.

Then theres the "principal" of the situation...cop was mistaken.

Factors I would consider or compare to reach a final decision:

Mental aggravation (can you live with it?)

Take day off work..if paid comes from your vacation or personal day pool (I rather be flying or sailing)...if unpaid...even worst.

Traveling time (15 minutes one way for me)

Gasoline ($2.20gl avg here)

Wear and tear on auto

Lodging

Parking (free?)

Do you actually have a clean record to be proud of?

Will it actually affect your insurance rates?

How many point againts your license? (I once had up to 15 out of 18...I got the hint...must be a maturity thing)

If you end up loosing your battle?...(see top of list)

Total hours invested versus what you make an hour.

Total cost of ticket vs all of the above?


It's all in the principle...but do the math...its your pocket after all.

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03-08-2006 08:37 PM  11 years agoPost 25
Greaper

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I guess for me it is all about feeling that I was wronged and would like my chance to make it right. Court date is Monday, I will let you all know the outcome.

Greaper

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03-13-2006 10:19 PM  11 years agoPost 26
Greaper

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Richmond, VA

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UPDATE

Went to court today and the charge was reduced to Defective Equipment. The judge still hit me with a $150 charge plus $56 in court cost. The original ticket fine was $126.

I figured out the cost I spent to get it reduced as $233, this includes:

Court+fine=$206
Hotel =$33
Gas =$30
total =$269

Now the way I figure it, that is better than if I did not go to court and just paid the fine, here is the breakdown:

Ticket =$126
Insurace hike=$125 times 3 years =$375
total=$501

This also keeps the points off the driving record. If an uninsured person were to hit my car, then my insurance would go up because I would have to make a claim, and if the ticket were on there, then it would go up that much more.

The judge did say that if I had brought in a speedometer calibration, that would have helped. My speedometer reads faster than it is actually going. I offered to go get it done and fedex the results, I think that is why he reduced it.

I was hoping for a dismissal, but I guess I lost the battle but won the war.

G

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03-13-2006 11:26 PM  11 years agoPost 27
Pistol_Pete

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Seffner, FL

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Did not calculate your "time"...but if you are happy...that's all that matters.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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