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Old 10-28-2010, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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The answer is probably yes. Police are part of a brotherhood, and like it or not, they'll look out for each other. Including letting them by for speeding.

I find it ironic you are railing him for this considering the shape our local state troopers and what has been in recent news regarding multiple episodes of misconduct.
Two wrongs don't make a right. I find them appalling as well, but they were not relevant to this thread.
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Wendell NC
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I appreciate all the Non Judgemental responses. Like I said I am willing to accept a fine and /or court costs on a non moving violation that would not incur points on my license or insurance. Obtaining my CDL and they want as spotless a record as possible.
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Old 10-28-2010, 02:31 PM
 
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The one speeding ticket I got back in 1988 (40 in a 35, yes you read that right), the officer did not show up, and they did not throw mine out. I asked for PFJ, judge said no. The kid before me brought his grnadpa w/ him to talk nice to the judge and got one. I was just a poor college student. Oh well!

EDIT: mine was in Wake County.

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Old 10-29-2010, 08:45 PM
 
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Ah, the old euphemism: professional courtesy. It means low-level corruption whereby cops allow other cops to get away with traffic offenses that the rest of us mundane sheep must be sheared for.
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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As a native, I"ve always heard that of a trooper doesn';t show up for court, your case gets tossed,brotherhood or not. Sounds like he was still doing you a favor.
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:30 PM
 
Location: NC
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Iamishra is right.
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Wendell NC
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Default What a Farce

Went to court today...the place was packed must've been a 1000 people there. Once i got to the actual court they reduce the speeding infraction to 9 mph over the limit just to get you to plead guilty... Then you get to pay just the court costs..$141. This isnt about anything but the revenue. If I wanted to plead not guilty I was told the officer in question wasnt in court and that I would have a postponement to a day when he would be in court. So pleading not guilty would have invoked more severe penalties than just pleading guilty to a lesser infraction.But make no mistake about it...Its all about the money and nothing more. In NJ when the Judge enters the courtroom the baliff tells everyone to rise...here it it didnt even happen. In NJ if you want to plead guilty you can do it..call the court for the fine amount and mail it in along with the ticket. Here there no such thing...just a complete waste of time.
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Old 11-13-2010, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Livonia,MI
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Its all about the money and nothing more.

Yep. That's how it is back home in Michigan. A friend got a ticket, showed up in court, and was told if they plead guilty to a lesser mph over and just paid the fine they would get no points on their license. It's a cash machine.
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I agree that speeding fines are all about revenue but what is the realistic alternative - Community service orders . Which would you rather do cough up $150 or do 20 hours community service or pay $150 to go to a drivers ed school?

We all have choices, no one forces us to exceed the speed limit. Yes I've been caught in the past, was I in the wrong , yes so I get punished. A $20 fine is not a deterrent but $150 was (for me)

In my experience there are many other issues much more dangerous than excessive speed ( if the driver is competent and alert)
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:52 AM
 
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When I lived in NJ, I had a student that was a cop. He gave me a "get out of speeding free" card. Said they issued them at Xmas to the officers in his area.
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