Last time you got a Ticket?

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Shooter, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Shooter

    Shooter Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    So I was driving home last week and a fellow commuter had been pulled over.

    I see this lady every day zipping past me. I guess we get off work at the same time.

    Last night I'm headed home, cruise control set to the speed limit and I pass her going 10 under.

    Made me laugh.

    When was the last time you got a ticket?

    I got one when I was 19. Speeding. I've never had one since.
     
  2. FOUR4D4

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    I got my first speeding ticket about 8 years ago it was for only 11 miles over the limit. I have only had 3 tickets in my life in all of my 35 years of driving.One ticket for going through a yellow light. The other for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign.That was many moons ago when I had only a few years of driving experience.I consider myself a safe driver.I never do much more than 5 mph over the limit.Driving fast is not safe driving! unless your in Nascar :D
     

  3. PackinPreacher

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    I have to confess: I did get a ticket in 1964 for squealing my tires (excessive noise). He let me go on the broken tail light.
     
  4. Shooter

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    I didn't even know that was punishable. That has me worried as every time I drive someone's car the period of adjustment means I squeal their tires at least once.
     
  5. greyhawk50

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    Summer of 1988. Divided 4 lane highway but the limit was 55. I was going 66. Cost me $31.00
     
  6. 28Shooter

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    Here in Maryland we have speed and traffic light cameras. Supposed to be for safety but are in fact real money makers for the local jurisdictions. Not much point in trying to appeal them as the cost of the fines (no points) aren't worth you're taking the day to fight them in court. My first two tickets ever and I've been driving since 1977 - one speed and one traffic light last year.
     
  7. JohnnyLoco

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    I don't speed, or drink and drive.
     
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  8. Shooter

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    We have them but they are to control traffic and are not used to issue citations.

    There are a couple in Austin that are and they have signs posted all over the place letting you know which ones they are.

    Seems they wouldn't catch anyone but they do.
     
  9. Shooter

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    They are running speed traps like crazy around my neighborhood.

    I haven't seen a policeman but a couple of times, now I see them everyday.
     
  10. duster066

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    I wish you hadn't asked this one.:eek: But I will be honest. I've had more tickets than I can remember. I've been arrested 5 times for failure to appear in traffic court. But that happened before I turned 20 (52 now) and the worst offense was for 65 in a 55. I did the John Milner thing from "American Graffiti". I tore them up and tossed them once the cop was gone. Not smart at all.

    Since then I think I've had 6, one for loud exhaust, 4 speeding (also 10 over), and one for expired tags was the last one. In my excitement to travel to a NASCAR event I forgot to renew my tags. All but one speeding and the tags occurred at least 25 years ago.

    Ironically I've exceeded the posted speed limit BY A BUNCH many many times. I learned how to do it without attracting attention, and risking only me and my property. Since coming to WA 15 years ago I can't do it because there is no where safe close by, and I'm older and a bit more responsible.

    Also ironically I'm absolutely a safer driver than 99.9% of the rest of you. Why? Because from racing and street driving I've learned why crashes happen, and how to see the conditions that cause them. I have been in several dozen crashes, witnessed a hundred or so from the drivers seat, and thousands from the grandstands and television. I don't tail gate EVER (the worst thing you can do). I always leave myself a way out when ever possible by NEVER cruising next to other vehicles (the second worst thing you can do). Cruising in the packs is the third worst thing you can do and I find holes in traffic and settle into them. When they close up around me I go find another one. Many times we find our selves trapped in a pack, and therefore exposed to the second and third worst things, but you can always control the first and most drivers don't.

    Sorry for the rant, but this is a subject I'm passionate about and know a lot about. I've made just about every mistake that can be made, and lived to tell the tale.
     
  11. oldbrass

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    last ticket was thanksgiving day 1991. I was on leave from the army and heading north on I-65 and caught a speed trap. 74 in a 65. The trooper said he would have let me go with a warning cause I was in the military but he couldn`t cause the speed trap supervisor in charge was (colorful words). he apoligized for having to do it and told me of another speed trap 50 miles up the road.
     
  12. Shooter

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    I guess his supervisor was with him then?
     
  13. runswiththunder

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    Duster,
    I can't believe how much we think alike in driving. Not the accidents and tickets, but about avoiding situations on the highway. Tailgating is the one thing that irritates me more than anything else. I also avoid driving in the pack and will, like you, go find another open space.
    Stay safe.

    As for tickets, I thought I was getting one back in 2007. About 3am I was doing about 80 in a 55 zone when the lights started flashing behind me. The officer told me I was clocked with a laser, so it was accurate, and the ticket would be about $180. When getting my license from my wallet, it was below my CCW license. It seemed to me that the officer leaned in the window with his flashlight and probably saw my CCW. After calling in my license, he handed it back to me and told me to have a good day. No ticket! I've always wondered if it was my CCW license that influenced his decision to not give me the ticket. Florida does not have a "duty to inform" when dealing with the police.
     
  14. duster066

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    I was terrible until I started racing almost 30 years ago. The racing gave me a legal and safe way to get it out of my system, and it taught me why wrecks happen and how to see it before I'm in it. I taught my kids those lessons, and in 14 driving years there have been only two simple tickets that I know of, two fender benders and one totaled car, but none of the wrecks were their fault. They drive like I do (now not in the past) and I ride with them in total comfort. I only wish their mother had listened as well. She was never very good, and has gotten worst as she aged.:rolleyes:
     
  15. aka

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    The last one I was awarded, was when I lived in Eastern Montana, the State Policeman and myself were the only ones on the road between Jordan and Miles City. The fine was 5 bucks back in those days. You could stick it in the envelope or write a check to the judge for the amount. In my case I wasn't wearing my seatbelt so it was 25. No points for either. The joke is you give them 10 and tell them you'll be coming back thru in an Hour or so. That was at least 20 years ago.
     
  16. hombre243

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    Just last month

    I got my last ticket last month and I cannot find the camera that shot me. But...I paid it anyway. I am 61 and the last time I was even stopped was back in about 73-74. I got lucky. The judge said the cop did a nono and I went home breathing a lot easier. Nuff Said.

    I heard about the guy who heard the siren behind him and saw the red lights in his mirror. He sped up for awhile and then pulled over. The officer asked him why he ran. The guy said, "My wife ran off with a cop 3 weeks ago and I was afraid you were tryin to give her back.":)
     
  17. Shooter

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    I got pulled over last week. Going 78 in a 70. I was having bad day and told the officer. He heard me out and wrote me a warning.

    I have stopped speeding since.
     
  18. duster066

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    Famous last words?
     
  19. Shooter

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    Nope. I'm done. I always speed and never got caught. I realize my good fortune for not being cited and will now be diligent in observing the speed limit.
     
  20. duster066

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    ROFL! Right! I still speed like a mo fo sometimes, and drive 8/10ths on occasion. But (knock on wood) through years of getting in trouble, I've learned how to do it, and not get caught. It's like fishing. You can fish all day long in an empty hole, and you'll never catch anything.:rolleyes: It's not something you can go out planning to do. Meaning just because I go out in the Duster doesn't mean I can have fun. You have to recognize fate has leaned your way for a moment, and if you dare...it's safe to go. If they have internet in jail I'll let know when this system fails me.:cool: Seriously I got my fill of driving trouble 3 decades ago, so I drive like there is a cop behind every shadow. BUT if I get a wild hair tickling my fanny, and it's perfectly clear there is no risk, I still sometimes explore the limits of my rod bolts, brakes, and tires.