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Old 06-28-2011, 05:50 PM
 
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I was pulled over for speeding at 86 mph. The speed limit was 65 I believe. I was informed by mail that my ticket cost would be $440 and if I wanted to go to traffic school it would be $492. This ticket is way out of my budget it just seems way too high! I guess my question is why is my ticket so high? And is there a way I can lower it? The voilation is 22349A any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Near Graham WA
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I thought the whole point of speeding tickets was to make them extremely expensive, so people would think twice before going 86 in a 65 zone...
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: 92037
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I was pulled over for speeding at 86 mph. The speed limit was 65 I believe. I was informed by mail that my ticket cost would be $440 and if I wanted to go to traffic school it would be $492. This ticket is way out of my budget it just seems way too high! I guess my question is why is my ticket so high? And is there a way I can lower it? The voilation is 22349A any advice would be appreciated.
$440 sounds about right these days. I believe you will get points if you dont choose to do the traffic school thing.

Your best bet is either to contact CA State Police for San Diego regarding inability to pay or fight the ticket.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:34 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I was pulled over for speeding at 86 mph. The speed limit was 65 I believe. I was informed by mail that my ticket cost would be $440 and if I wanted to go to traffic school it would be $492. This ticket is way out of my budget it just seems way too high! I guess my question is why is my ticket so high? And is there a way I can lower it? The voilation is 22349A any advice would be appreciated.
Because you were going 86 mph.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Thanks for letting us know the system is working.
You should have been arrested.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Mission Hills, San Diego
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you really are not going to get much sympathy from me. I ride a scooter (not a put-put but a fast one) one the freeway so my life is in the balance and I don't have much patience with people driving 20 miles over the speed limit. Usually these are the same people that are on the phone too
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Near Graham WA
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The OP is not going to get much sympathy from ANYONE.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Santaluz - San Diego, CA
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Yeah, I doubt you will get much sympathy from many people going 20+ miles over the speed limit. The fines REALLY go up once you go past 20 miles per hour. With municipalities, cities and the State flat broke..many of them use traffic fines to keep income coming in.

While you won't get much sympathy I do understand sometimes it's easy to speed and not really pay attention. Not being able to afford it is little consequence to the city/State.

I don't agree with them but I had a friend that got a $500+ speeding ticket in the area and he used one of those traffic ticket attorneys and he won. I don't agree with fighting things when you're guilty but his argument was that he wasn't going as fast as they said. I think the police officer never showed up in court and it was dismissed.

Try googling " traffic ticket attorney" and you can probably find tons of options. Good luck.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:30 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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86 in the fast lane isn't that abnormal in SD imo, most people seem to be going at least 80. Stay out of the fast lane if you don't like people going 80+, pretty simple. But I def try to keep it under 85 because once you exceed that you start to stick out a lot. I got a ticket a few years back for around $430 for going around 80. I went to court and asked the judge to reduce it, he dropped down to around $300. So if you have the time go to court and ask for them to reduce it, they usually do but some judges reduce it more than others.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Mission Hills, San Diego
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. Stay out of the fast lane if you don't like people going 80+, pretty simple. .
I hope you are joking. You don't have to be in the fast lane to be impacted by bozos going 85. They usually run up on the bumper of someone going 75-80 and swerve w/o looking into my middle lane where I am speeding-but keeping up with traffic at 70ish.
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