What to do about my traffic ticket?!

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would just pay the entire $395 fine.  Demerits on your license are incredibly detrimental, and not worth the $90 extra dollars.

I know in Canada we can go to the courthouse and argue down the fines, but typically that’s for parking tickets or red light camera tickets – where there is a level of uncertainty due to signage, changing rules, weather conditions, etc.  I don’t think you can argue a ticket you got during an accident – unless you can create doubt (weather conditions, a child running out on the road in front of the two cars causing you both to slam on your brakes, etc)

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Is the cost of traffic school covered? How many hours would it be? Weight that against the extra $95 bucks.. If your time to do the classes is worth more than that, then take four hundred bucks to the courthouse, haggle like your Dad suggested and if it doesn’t work, just oay it off and be done with it!

On a completely different note, I think a system where you can pay to not have points on your license is seriously flawed. Points are supposed to be related to your driving habits and a consequence of such things, not a reflection of your financial state! But I suppose I could, I would, I just think its silly that it works that way. In BC, there are different fines depending on he ticket and how soon you pay but if its a points worthy offense, you just plain get the points!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d either pay the full amount and just be done with it, or go to the court date and see if you can get the amount reduced (provided you have an otherwise clean driving record).

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@figgnewton:  Just goes to show how much of a cash grab it really is! Give the more money and they’ll make your life better. And I think its ridiculous that she swerved in front of you on a freeway so you hit her and that makes it your fault! How in the world ae you supposed to know she’s going to swerve in front of you? Do you live in America by any chance ? :-p

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I would do whichever option would give me no points on my license. If you do decide to fight it I would go with someone you know or someone who has been recommended to you by someone you know. Unless traffic school is happening when you don’t have to take off from work (or whatever your daily activities are that you can’t reschedule or miss) I would bypass that option. So I would either pay the full $395, go down and try to negotiate, or hire someone who you actually know and is reputable to fight the ticket. If $395 is just too large of a sum for you to consider paying, then I would try to negotiate or hire someone reputable. 

Post # 13
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7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Your priority should be a clean license… I second PPs!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree with PP. Pay and get the point removed. I wish we had an option to pay more and skip traffic school. Here in California, you pay your fine AND you pay extra for traffic school in order to get the point removed.

Some things you can argue but some things you can’t. I think this would be one of them. For example, you can argue a red light violation but it’s hard to argue this one. In addition, I’ve never heard of them negotiating it for less. The only way I’ve heard of people winning at court is when the cop doesn’t show up. If it’s a city with low crime, chances are the cop will show up (like mine) but in a higher crime area where presumably the cop is busier, then they *may* not show up.

Post # 15
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939 posts
Busy bee

can you contest the ticket? since you and the woman have the same story it is likely in the police report. it seems silly that you should get a ticket for something that seems pretty unavoidable. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

A. FI chose the whole traffic school thing and it was a huge pain in the ass and was so not worth the 90 bucks it would have cost him.  He totally regrets not just forking out the cash.  And I personally would rather have the points over the money.

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