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How to turn a ticket into a warning

By James - 10/31/2007

So I rode down to Tucson last Friday, 15 hours, left at 4am. In between Blythe and Quartzite I see AZ D.P.S. behind some bushes. I know it is too late so I pass the truck next to me, slow to 75mph and wait for my medicine. I watch as Smokey pulls out and catches up. Lights on and I pull over and stop.

I have been pulled over about 10 times in 15 years. I got a ticket every time. Why is this time different? Nothing went right and I tried not to admit to anything. I was tired and didn’t care anymore.

He asks if I knew how fast I was going. I refused to answer a couple of times until he gets mad and says “GUESS!". I told him the speedo read 90 and the GPS says 86. He clocked me at 87. He wants to know if I know the speed limit. I did. He wants my insurance, DL, and registration. Registration is expired. Paid but I never received my stickers or new paper. Drivers license has an old address. He walks back to his car and get on the radio.

I was thinking back to my last ticket on Martin Luther King day. Less than 18 months. I was wondering if the traffic school 18 months counted if it was out of state when I see him writing. That has never been good before. He walks back and tells me I am getting a warning. I signed and got on my way thinking WTF in my head.

So the lesson is the more you don’t want the ticket, the worse it will be. If you don’t care you won’t get a ticket.

Or maybe it is do the opposite of what you think will work and you will get a warning.

Or maybe the lesson is move to Arizona.

Or maybe people should drive around with expired registration and old licenses.

There is a lesson in there somewhere. In case you don’t get sarcasm, this whole post is in jest.



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  1. I am from Southern California and doubt I would get away from that ticket. I got a 72mph ticket in a 65mph zone here.

    Comment by Motorcycle — 11/6/2007 @ 12:18 pm

  2. i had a simler thing happen to me but i was doing 120 on my superblackbird,he asked how fast i was going i said about 40 he checked my bike and said these are fast these be more careful in the future, i was like wow thanks get out of here quick

    Comment by motorcycles — 4/4/2008 @ 5:27 pm

  3. Mind you I ride a scooter :) I recently blogge dabout something like your situation. I am not sure why but I didn’t get a ticket. I think it was my brutal honesty.


    I headed out to Wild Horse Creek, I really opened the 650 up on all the twisties. Head over to the Devil’s road as Kevin likes to call Ossenfort. I was clipping along pretty well when I look and see a St. Louis County policeman running radar!

    He motions me over, I pull into the drive he was in. He asked me to remove my helmet and turn off the bike. He says to me, do you know how fast you were going? I said honestly no but I am sure it was fast. He said does this have a speedometer? I said uhh yeah it does. He said you were doing 62 in a 25.. I said wow really? He asked me again if it had a speedometer. Now mind you I have always been good at talking my way out of tickets but this time I knew I was screwed so I didn’t even begin to talk my way out of this one. He said you have a license and insurance? I said yeah, got it out. Then he said you been on this road before, I said yeah 1,000’s of times I live out this way. Then he looks at me and says I have no idea why but I am not going to write you a ticket. ( I thought to myself I have no idea why you are not either) He says to me Ms. Madonia ride through here again like that it will be a different story. I said thanks sir, I appreciate it. I took a picture of a horse in a field across the street got my helmet on and left.

    Comment by Magie — 4/23/2008 @ 10:09 am

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