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Old 06-17-2009, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Fixed.

A few weeks ago I was riding through Shelby on a motorcycle and a lady in a Buick was smoking and yapping on the phone and repeatedly drifting halfway into my lane. She was immune to a few quick friendly horn beeps to let her know I was beside her (and I was NOT in her blind spot).
As I sped up a few mph to pass her, she swerved into my lane to make a left hand turn and I kicked my steel-toe boot into her door as hard as I could while trying to remain upright on my bike.
She slammed on the brakes to get out and admire the new modification I made to her vehicle, I am convinced completely oblivious to what just happened.
I just kept on going and really have no remorse.
Is it time well spent to stop and have a conversation with an oblivious idiot?
I could have been killed by her reckless behavior, leaving a wife and two daughters behind.

BUT, if she was 100% being attentive (not smoking AND on the phone) and driving down the road 5-10 mph over the limit, I am pretty sure she would have been staying in her lane, and this entire situation would not even be a conversation.
You must have loved playing Road Rash.
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:14 PM
 
Location: CLT native
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You must have loved playing Road Rash.
Actually I never played video games growing up.
My family was the 5% of households that did not have an Atari 2600 or whatever was available back then.

I was outside playing all the time.

Now that I am older I do enjoy the Wii with my kids.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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We went outside plenty but played plenty inside as well. You had to do something during the torrential downpours/lightning storms in the summer or when your feet got too frostbitten from trudging up Suicide Hill again and again in the winter.

Sadly, I go out less AND play less games than I did then.

Going back to the original subject, I think it is sad that getting out of a ticket is so easy that the paper actually prints an article about it.
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:20 PM
 
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We went outside plenty but played plenty inside as well. You had to do something during the torrential downpours/lightning storms in the summer or when your feet got too frostbitten from trudging up Suicide Hill again and again in the winter.

Sadly, I go out less AND play less games than I did then.

Going back to the original subject, I think it is sad that getting out of a ticket is so easy that the paper actually prints an article about it.
It's not about the method of "escape", it's about the revenue. The premise of speeding tickets is to:
A. enforce the law by decreasing speeding, or at least make people aware they exceeded the limit.
B. a variable source of revenue for the municipality, county, state.

The premise of a ticket is NOT to make additional revenue for the insurance companies, hence the bargaining position of the state. In essence they are saying, "We don't wish to line the pockets of a for profit business, but we do wish to increase our revenue stream by having you pay a fine for your indiscretion."
Most tickets can be negotiated at the D.A.'s office, or during your day in court. The problem arises when people are unsure of the system, therefore hire a lawyer who can be the go-between and assure a reduction of the offense, thereby lining their pockets rather than the insurance companies. Would you rather pay the lawyer 50 to 100 bucks for the ticket "adjustment" or would you rather plead guilty to the offense and watch your premiums rise 200 to 500 dollars per year for 3 years.

The best deal might be for the insurance companies to get into a bargaining position on tickets. Some are already doing that by waiving the first offense and not charging you increased premiums. The catch is the second offense usually piggy backs on the first offense and you are stuck with 3 years of higher rates.

(I know, I know... don't get the first or second offense.)

There are many ways to skin this cat, choose your alternatives wisely.
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: CLT native
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getatag,

You are 100% correct.
In the entire scheme of things it is all about revenue generation.
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:36 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD
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Sure isn't that way in VA -- after my 2nd one they didn't let me plea down anything, then went on 6 months to where the next one would suspend me -- that was on top of 2 more years of probation in which any moving violation would put me back on the 6 months warning program.

Once I pay all of that stuff off I can drive again
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