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Old 05-18-2010, 02:35 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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About a month ago my wife got a ticket for running a red light. (you know the old "I swear the light was yellow!" ones) Anyway, today was her court date, so she goes in and gets probation. 90 days. Total cost $150.00.

Six years ago, I got a ticket for running a red light. (not only was it red, it was bright red!) I go in, get probation. 30 days. Total cost $89.00

It was her first ticket ever in her life. Surprised they gave her 90 days. Guess that has changed too in the past six years.

Oh and in both cases it was SAPD

 
Old 05-18-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Yep - and they'll keep going up. Part of it is that the "pain" of the fine should serve as a reminder to correct our illegal behaviour. Does it work? It does for me - for about 6 months....
 
Old 05-18-2010, 03:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Inflation is everywhere including tickets. I won't give you a lecture about speeding, running lights, etc. just don't go all crazy and swerve all over the place.
 
Old 05-18-2010, 04:11 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Yet the fines and sentences for drunk driving seem to be a slap on the wrist...
 
Old 05-18-2010, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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Yet the fines and sentences for drunk driving seem to be a slap on the wrist...
Roger that! Every time I have jury duty I get in a jury pool for a DUI/DWI but don't get chosen as I believe in more than a slap on the wrist for that offense.
 
Old 05-18-2010, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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And rightly so. I probably witness 3 near-wrecks a day during the rush hours from people driving in illegal and inadvisable ways. No one's perfect but geez, chill out people. You'll get there when you get there, being late is a lot better than pushing your luck regarding whether you'll get there at all.
 
Old 05-19-2010, 02:40 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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it's gotten to the point that my fella and i play drunk driving bingo (you know, points for whenever we see someone swerving, drifting, cutting people off, and just generally driving unsafely.) just getting to the grocery store can be quite frightening sometimes. i definitely think penalties for driving under the influence need to be a lot more aggressive. considering how bad of a problem it seems to be, it would be great if the fines really stuck into them. it's just not worth the risk.

not to make this thread all about drunk driving, though. my hubs got busted on the county line, where the speed changes abruptly in the middle of the road. it was $150 as well. i think what peeved him most though was the court didn't take cards and had no atm on the premises.
 
Old 05-19-2010, 02:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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If you live out in the Potranco & Grosenbacher area of West San Antonio...beware!
I got a ticket for going 12 miles over the limit (35 I think)...cost me $190.
Officer Jonhston sits on his motorcycle just at the top of the hill...right after the speed limit goes down to 35 from 50.
 
Old 05-19-2010, 03:02 PM
 
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I've never heard of probation for a traffic ticket. When did this start? My wife just got 11 over and it was a simple fine.

Traffic fines have become the new tax system. It's going to get worse.
 
Old 05-19-2010, 04:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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I've never heard of probation for a traffic ticket. When did this start? My wife just got 11 over and it was a simple fine.

Traffic fines have become the new tax system. It's going to get worse.
Probation has been around as long as I have been in this city (over 20 years) AKA "Deferred Adjudication". 6 years ago when I went, they didnt offer it, but when I asked "is probation an option?" they said yes.

I assume it is still the same as when I got it. If you get another ticket for the same offense during your probation period you have to pay both and both go on your record. If you stay clean during that time, the ticket never hits your record.
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