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Viking Princess
11-17-2008, 01:32 PM
Which is pretty darned good if you ask me. I have been driving for 5 years and haven't had to speak to a cop at all. No wrecks. No tickets....except campus police and the parking tickets which don't count as they go through the school, not the city of Savannah.

I was in a rush after class to get home. I was also crazing a spicy chicken sandwich from Wendy's. So I get my sandwich and decide to take a detour through Windsor Forest to avoid taking Abercorn. I HATE Abercorn. People drive like crazy people!! I am on Largo, which is split in two by a median. I was going to cut through the neighborhood to White Bluff and avoid Abercorn altogether. Yeah mr. cop man has like super vision and noticed I had forgotten my seatbelt in my great haste to leave the college today from the other side of the median and quickly did a U-turn to chase me down. *sigh* how was I to know it is "click-it or ticket" month. Like i have time to pay attention? I usually DO wear my seatbelt which ticks me off more than anything because it isn't like I was doing something bad until I got caught, it really was a oops moment. *sigh*

So of course supersight cop man has to be hot. and married. And I look like I rolled out of bed late and had to quickly look presentable to go to class. He asks me if I knew it was click-it or ticket month. no. Why wasn't I wearing a seatbelt. It was simple; I forgot. I wasn't going to try to lie to the man. I just forgot! but then I am hanging out in my car all mad at the world. Another cop pulls up with his lights on and gets out to go talk to the cop taking 10 freaking minutes to write my ticket. Um...food is getting cold. I am annoyed. And it is freaking cold outside and my window is down letting the air in. He was distracting my ticket cop and it was making me angry!!!:skeptical:

FINALLY I got my ticket. but it has no fine listed on it anywhere. I have to wait 4 more freaking days to call a number or go to a site to get my amount. Like seriously, they have inconvienced me enough with the ticket, they could at least be nice enough to tell me how much I freaking owe ON THE DAMN TICKET!!! :arghhh:

So I am now in a foul mood and want to cause bodily harm to anyone who looks at me wrong. I think might be PMSing on top of it. Bad timing, copdude, bad. timing.:wno:

squarepegroundhole
11-17-2008, 01:39 PM
Okay, this is funny and not funny. Funny because you are getting a ticket and the only thing that you are thinking about is a spicy chicken sandwich! Not funny, because in my opinion seatbelts should be a choice not a requirement.

Viking Princess
11-17-2008, 01:42 PM
Okay, this is funny and not funny. Funny because you are getting a ticket and the only thing that you are thinking about is a spicy chicken sandwich! Not funny, because in my opinion seatbelts should be a choice not a requirement.

I was hungry! I don't eat breakfest. For some reason everytime I eat breakfast by lunch time I feel weak, lightheaded, and my hands will be shaky. So I have to not eat until after 11:30 in the morning, lunch time. By lunch time I am STARVING. I wake up at 7:30 when I have class or work.

melissa
11-17-2008, 02:04 PM
Sorry about the ticket Vic - it shouldn't be too expensive though. At least it is not here, unless it is your second offense. Then you have to do an "Alive at 25" class, which costs you $75.00, on top of the ticket and court fees.

I am bad about not wearing my seatbelt on the way to work - it is a very short distance, but always wear it when going farther, especially on the highways. One of these days I am gonna be in the same boat.

shar0617
11-17-2008, 02:11 PM
i agree, that it shouldnt be too expensive.i guess i am lucky where i am.....they dont watch for people without seatbelts, the only way you get a ticket is if you get pulled over. and if you are one of the unlucky ones who does,(like i was when i didnt know i had a tail light out) the ticket costs you $10.00.

Sue71
11-17-2008, 02:43 PM
That's terrible and I'm really sorry but I did laugh at your description of what happened..I know it's not funny but it's the way you described it. I've been pulled over more then once in the past but was lucky enough to not get a ticket.

And I'm of the opinion that it should be our CHOICE if we wear the blasted belt anyway. When they make all motorcyclists wear helmits I may be more reasonable.

Viking Princess
11-17-2008, 03:25 PM
That's terrible and I'm really sorry but I did laugh at your description of what happened..I know it's not funny but it's the way you described it. I've been pulled over more then once in the past but was lucky enough to not get a ticket.

And I'm of the opinion that it should be our CHOICE if we wear the blasted belt anyway. When they make all motorcyclists wear helmits I may be more reasonable.

LOL yeah my sarcasm comes out in a bad way when I rant. :snick:

Achaius
11-17-2008, 03:27 PM
*sorry about your ticket*

I am anal about seat belts. I don't feel safe unless I have one on. Yes, DH might have warped my mind until it's second nature but that's the way it its.

Debbie_D
11-17-2008, 03:35 PM
Have to agree with Hailey on this. I don't feel safe without one. But am sorry you have to deal with the ticket.

Jenn
11-17-2008, 03:37 PM
Sorry about your ticket... this comes from someone who only recently paid her last one for $200. Yeah, I've learned my lesson. But that was for speeding, which is understandable as that's a public safety issue. But in your case, I think I'd be really irate too, especially because it was for a seatbelt issue! I hate that Nanny State crap! Just another way for the government to stick it to the citizens for more spending money! :skeptical: Grr... I'm just glad I'm in NH, 'Live Free or Die' and all that happy stuff. (for now anyway, LOL). Hope the ticket isn't too much!

tsukino_aiko
11-17-2008, 03:57 PM
I'm pretty anal too, sorry about your ticket though VP. If it makes you feel better my first ticket was for going 84 in a 65, dang minivans, they don't feel like they are going that fast so I got complacent. That ticket was like 300 bucks, yeah I don't speed anymore

Wildernessgirl
11-17-2008, 04:08 PM
Ugh...that's too bad. I have been pulled over for speeding but the police have always let me go with a warning. I managed to get two parking tickets torn up as well. However, the police in city are much tougher than here. I wouldn't have a chance there.

I'm sorry about the ticket but it might be a good reminder. I suppose I have seen too much in emergency room. I can't drive without mine. It makes me to uneasy.

My first ticket was for going 20 miles over the limit as well.

Wildernessgirl
11-17-2008, 04:13 PM
You should have used the PMS in your excuse to officer. My friend got out of ticket for speeding explaining it was that time of the month and she didn't have anything with her and was going to grocery store from beach. The officer was embarrassed and let her go with a warning. This was in San Francisco no less. I think I would have preferred the ticket than try to get out of it in such an embarrassing way.

happyathome
11-17-2008, 04:17 PM
Poor Vic!
I can empathisize. When my DH and I were on our honeymoon 15 years ago they pulled my husband over for speeding. This itself was nothing new for him, but they gave me a warning for not wearing my seatbelt because I was in the front seat! Now, I almost always wear one, but I had some serious stomach issues at that time of my life which I am happy to say with some good medication is not so bad anymore, and during almost the whole honeymoon I had to watch what I was eating but being on the road was not helping and I hurt so I wasn't wearing one for a short duration. I mean seriously, he asked for my driver's license and everything.
I think that they are important to wear, but uh, are they going to give you a ticket if they prove you weren't wearing one if you die in a wreck? Speed Limit, yes. Making one for an adult that should know to wear one but has choices, no.

Aeris
11-17-2008, 04:25 PM
lol too funny, vp... it happens to all of us eventually. when i got my first ticket it was for speeding 20mph over the limit. i was heading to the beach with my sister, going about 85mph down the highway and in a moment of supposed psychic intuition, she tells me that i should slow down. all of 3 minutes later, a motorcycle cop was on my arse, lights a-blazing. needless to say, i burst into tears immediately and the cop was a real jerk about it. i'll never forget that first time.

lesaleer
11-17-2008, 04:32 PM
{{HUGS}}

LOL...I know how you feel VP, except my ticket was a parking ticket.
I had to go downtown for something, spent like FOREVER trying to find parking. Thought that I could just put my blinkers on for like 2 secs in the red section. I only had to run in and run out but NO the meter man came and BAM! A $60 ticket for 2 secounds! GRRRRRR!

Viking Princess
11-17-2008, 07:52 PM
Yeah well I feel like I was part of a daily quota. I mean come the heck on? He saw I didn't have a seatbelt on from 15-18 feet away at 30 mph in opposite directions? WTH!!!:wno:

Snow
11-17-2008, 09:30 PM
That's too bad VP!:wno: And I agree with you you should know right away how much is your fine I never understood why you have to send it back or call. I mean are they upping it if they're in a crappy mood?Here they give you the ticket with the amount of the fine and how much points your losing right on it!Hope it's not too expensive!:th_nod:

ginaj
11-17-2008, 09:50 PM
Sorry you got a ticket from a hot cop. At least he wasn't ugly! LOL

jilleb163
11-18-2008, 01:48 AM
Ok, I understand the need for safety ... but do traffic cops really have nothing better to do than to nail people for neglecting their seatbelts? Shouldn't they focus on drivers who are a hazard to the rest of us?

Like people who speed, run red lights, don't turn their headlights on, make bad passes, and don't use their turn signals (which is to say, 95% of Maricopa County).

I've never been pulled over either, and I know that if it ever happens, I am going to cry. Just because it will ruin my perfect driving record. Sorry they got you :o(

Apryl
11-18-2008, 07:41 AM
*sorry about your ticket*

I am anal about seat belts. I don't feel safe unless I have one on. Yes, DH might have warped my mind until it's second nature but that's the way it its.


Yeah, me too. My parents wouldn't even put the car in drive until everyone had seatbelts on. It rubbed off. It's a rule in my car that the seatbelt goes on before the car moves. I am sorry that you got the ticket, Vic. That sucks. I don't know what it will cost you, but here the first offense is between $5 and $10, depending on where you are (city or county).

Now, let me say, as someone who works with officers everday, the whole stopping people for seatbelts is simply a way into the car for most officers. Nine times out of ten they get other charges off of it. Driving on a suspended license, drug possession, DUI, etc. Of course there are some officers that want to be an a$$ and will give you a ticket just for the seatbelt. I know that most of my officers (yeah, I'd like some of them to be mine :wbiggrin:) would have simply let you off with a warning, if that was the only thing they had.

Deborah
11-18-2008, 10:03 AM
That bites. A first time offense should have been a warning imo. And besides you then had to eat a cold chicken sandwich. Inconsiderate on his part I do believe.

A ticket for no seat belt here is I believe like $75 or $80 and they will pull you over for just no seat belt. We actually have places in town that they will have their little seat belt stings. 1 or 2 cops will stand on a particular corner and look inside cars as they pass or get stopped at a red light and then there are like 4 or 5 cops just down the road that will pull you over when the one cop radios them which cars are in violation. I mean really is there not something else they could be doing with tax payer money.

I remember my first ticket. Failure to observe a safe driving distance. I rear ended a semi truck in my little old escort. As you can well image, no damage to his truck, major damage to mine. And to this day I still feel it was his fault. :wno: