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Old 02-07-2012, 11:53 AM   #1
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Is it worth getting driving citations?

After getting 3 tickets at the same time several years ago I found out:
1. Time is wasted while the PO writes up the ticket and looks for other violations. My officer found 4 more but only had space for 3 on the citation.
2. Time spent going to pay for the citations.
3. Points on your record.
4. Going 6-8 hours in Defensive Driving classes.
5. Paying Fines and Court costs. Usually $100-200 and higher
6. Time spent looking and paying a lawyer to get you out of it/them.
7. Insurance may go up.
8. (TX at least) DMV possible 3 year additional fees.
9. Time saved speeding but going short distances is just seconds. In heavy traffic, no savings.
10. Endangerment to you, your family and possibly hurting others.
11. Possible loss of driver's license if it is a bad violation
12. Extra wear and tear on your vehicle.
13. Lowered gas mileage and extra money to refill up.
14. Trying to avoid more tickets until to violation clears your record. (1-5 years? Gov't and Insurance)
You got any more, lets hear them?
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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You have to be kidding!
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You have to be kidding!
Why? I feel the OP is spot on!
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:48 PM   #4
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It took you how long to figure this out?
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:47 PM   #5
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Problem is most people just do not think about the consequences of their actions when in reality the savings in time is nill and if you get caught the time savings just went out the window. If you ask it's always "Oh so what and who cares I get there faster" Really?!? You put my life in danger because you want to get down the road 5 seconds faster before you have to slow down for traffic anyway? That is extremely selfish.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:49 PM   #6
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Is it worth getting citations? Absolutely not!
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:19 PM   #7
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1000 miles @ 55 MPH = 18 hours
1000 miles @ 65 MPH = 15.5 hours
1000 miles @ 75 MPH = 13.5 hours

So if you 500 miles a day at 65 MPH vs 75 MPH you add 1 hour each day. No big deal, I will drive a little slower and save the headaches.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:35 PM   #8
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1000 miles @ 55 MPH = 18 hours
1000 miles @ 65 MPH = 15.5 hours
1000 miles @ 75 MPH = 13.5 hours

So if you 500 miles a day at 65 MPH vs 75 MPH you add 1 hour each day. No big deal, I will drive a little slower and save the headaches.
And money.
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I usually drive the truck speed limit unless it is over 65. I usually go 55-60, good MPG, easy to drive, get to rubber neck more, can listen to SAT radio or DW, and never worry about smoky. I am retired so by definition I have no time schedule, saving a hour a day is no savings as I enjoy the trip as much as the destination.
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I try to use the 1-2-3 method of travel. 1-drive no more than 100 miles in a day 2-get to your destination no later than 2:00 PM 3-stay at least 3 days
Speed is a very marginal benefit with this method.
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Why? I feel the OP is spot on!
you realize a "citation" is basically a way to extort money from drivers/motorists. If youre going to enforce a law... do it uniformly.
Not the first of the month or to fill coffers.
Me personally... if I get cited (guilty or not) the issuing officer is going to testify under oath in a court of law to the infraction(s) and prove BEYOND a reasonable doubt I did commit the infraction(s).
Its not a landmark legal case but you'd be suprised how many charges have been dismissed from the simple exercise of my "rights" as provided in the constitution.
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Problem is most people just do not think about the consequences of their actions when in reality the savings in time is nill and if you get caught the time savings just went out the window. If you ask it's always "Oh so what and who cares I get there faster" Really?!? You put my life in danger because you want to get down the road 5 seconds faster before you have to slow down for traffic anyway? That is extremely selfish.
I can pretty much guarantee "those people" do not drive a motorhome.

Whats more aggravating than revenue collectors is inconsiderate motorists. The ones that never check their "6", got a cellphone or coffee stuck in their face, and never use indicators.
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I guess that was just a rhetorical question??
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Just out of curiosity, are you willing to share what the 7 violations the LEO found were? I assume one of the was speeding but what were the others?

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