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The Cost of a Speeding Ticket

October 9th, 2008 at 08:06 pm

There I was ... happily living my law-abiding life ... 30 years driving a car with zero moving violations ... Then one day last week I was not paying enough attention, did not realize I was in a school zone, was going under the regular speed limit but 5mph over what is allowed during "school zone" hours and - BAM! My first ever speeding ticket. Frown

Here in Texas they allow you to take a Driver Saftey Course and have a ticket dismissed once a year (with some restrictions). It's actually a bit more expensive to go the dismissal route than just pay the fine, but I decided to do that so it won't go on my otherwise clean driving record.

I've now figured out what this little lapse of judgement is going to cost me for the filing fee, the driver course, getting a certified copy of my driver's record, and sending things to the court by certified mail: $180. Ouch.

On the bright side, I am about 1/2 way through the driver course (I'm taking it on line) and I am learning quite a bit. Cars and recommended driving techniques have changed so much since I took driver's ed in high school. I have also realized how sort of lacksidaisical I have gotten about my driving ... not paying as much attention as I should, which of course is what got me in to this expensive little pickle in the first place. So I am glad to be taking the course, and I think I am becoming a better driver as a result. Better some inconvenience and cost now than an accident with someone getting hurt in the future, right?

But, positive thinking aside ... It will take many coupons clipped, many meats bought "reduced for quick sale," and many many Pinecone surveys completed to recoup that $180.

Don't be a dumbell like me. Pay attention and drive safe.

6 Responses to “The Cost of a Speeding Ticket”

  1. PRICEPLUS Says:

    Insurance folks also don't like the speeding tickets either!

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I have never had a speeding ticket, but I am, by nature, a very slow driver.

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    Awww, sorry to hear that.

  4. monkeymama Says:

    That sucks.

    Just about anyone can get nailed for going over 5mph over. I was going to say I am much more vigilant in school zones now that I have kids in school. But still. The people that piss me off every single day go 40-50 in the 25. If I were a cop I would have let you go with a warning. Or maybe you just have more polite drivers in Austin. (REALLY is my pet peeve the way people - in particular other parents - drive in school zones. I don't know what they hell they are thinking. 5mph over sounds like a breath of fresh air to me - hehe. But yeah, Sacramento as a whole has road issues. Terrible drivers. Our auto insurance doubled here based on zip code alone when we moved. I clearly see why).

  5. monkeymama Says:

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  6. scfr Says:

    Thanks, but if I were a cop I'd have no mercy in a school zone, even for 5mpg. So I understand the ticket. It was my fault.

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