Traffic Court . . . To GO or NOT to Go!?

apoppin

Lifer
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Well, i got my 1st ticket in 15 or so years . . . indian wells radar cop . . . fair and square for a "speed-trap". :p

. . . pretty minor, 60/61 in a 50 MPH (which is the MIN a cop will pull you over - INFACT, two other cars neck and neck w/me also thought they were being stopped) . . . so MINOR - in fact - the ticket is LESS than $100 (which was a BIG [small] surprise to me since i thought i was gonna get get soaked . . . ) :)

enough details . . .

will my insurance go up much IF they check?

. . . since you can only go ONCE in 18 months (and my pattern is to get two tickets in a row), should i save my "chance" for a [possible] more serious offence?

EDITI am talking about PAYING the ticket - just NOT paying the EXTRA $29 for Traffic school so the ticket does NOT SHOW to thye insurance co.
 

MichaelD

Lifer
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Are you talking about completely blowing off this ticket? Not paying and not showing up for court? That is a VERY bad idea, and will result in a warrant for your arrest.
 

bradruth

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Originally posted by: MichaelD
Are you talking about completely blowing off this ticket? Not paying and not showing up for court? That is a VERY bad idea, and will result in a warrant for your arrest.

I think he's saying "should I fight it or not?" If you were speeding, and you were caught, accept some responsibility and pay the fine.
 

deftron

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You can only contest a ticket once every 18 months? Fascist!


Anyways, just say your doppelganger stole your car and you don't know anything about no stinkin' ticket... works every time :beer:
 

CWebb04

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more likely than not your insurance would go up. I would say search on google 'how to beat a traffic ticket'. There are methods to increase your chances of beating it. See if you can get the ticket thrown away, you save urself a lot of money and the hassle of insurance going up etc. I think the first thing to do is to do the 'trial by written declaration'. Just write 'I reaffirm that I am not-guilty' and send that in. The burden is on the cop to write something in. They don't get paid for the written stuff, so you have a chance they don't submit it. Next step if you get denied is to go to court and hope the cop doesn't show up. You will find more info on some of the sites.
 

CWebb04

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Actually guys,

I think he meant to say 'traffic school', which you can go once every 18 months to have the ticket not show on your record.
 

apoppin

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I am talking about PAYING the ticket - just NOT paying the EXTRA $29 for Traffic school so the ticket does NOT SHOW to the insurance co.

Will my insurance GO UP much from a PERFECT RECORD to ONE BLEMISH?
 

apoppin

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I don't want to fight this - i WAS speeding. :eek:

i do have possible defences but it is NOT WORTH a day off work to "save" a possible $100!

HOWEVER, it is "critical" to have a completely UNblemished driving record to get a good insurance rate?
or, should i save my "chance" at traffic school for the next 17 months?
 

brtspears2

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One ticket = 1 pt = still a good driver. At least to my insurance company, AAA and to many others in California.
 

apoppin

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Originally posted by: brtspears2
One ticket = 1 pt = still a good driver. At least to my insurance company, AAA and to many others in California.
Thank-you . . . that IS what i am thinking . . . if AMEX goes up much, i will look for another insurer. ;)

Any (CA) ins agents here?

i don't want to ask mine. ;)

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