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Old 07-01-2006, 11:24 PM   #1
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help me get out of a BS ticket

I was going to a house.. well, about 3 blocks from it, there's a road closed sign, but I kept going... and at the LAST corner, I mean literally 40 feet past the turn was the house I had to go to... but I couldn't turn, because they left some machinery in front of the stop sign.. so I went by it on the grass for about 10 feet... it was a school's grass, not the city's. Well, the cop pulls me over, and gives me a "Careless Driving" ticket.

the thing that kinda makes me mad is that right after he handed me the ticket (for "Careless Driving"), he said "with a car that nice, it's good you drove so careful over that mini-curb". The 'curb' was like 1" tall. All of this happened on private property. It's a school. There is an interesting thing about the intersection under construction. The only lane that couldn't go forward was my lane, and that was because of a piece of machinery that was left there. The other three lanes were graveled where the concrete was cut out, and traffic was allowed to go through there.

My gf's grandpa was the chief of police for a decently large town, and her dad said that I might be able to get out of it because of the way it was labeled. He said because there was no posted detour, I could be on the grass to turn around, he wasn't sure on driving over the grass to get to the road. Also, I realize I shouldn't have done it. However, I would've had to drive about 2 miles back to get to a road that went to where I needed to go.. or I could drive over 10 feet of grass.

I have pics of the scene if someone is really interested in it... I need some help for how to get out of the ticket. Thanks for any help you can give guys. Also, if it helps, I went about 2 mph over the grass, in neutral.
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

About the only advice I have is carry it to court and tell your side.
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Old 07-01-2006, 11:33 PM   #3
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

Just take it to court. That is all you can do.

and um.... if it was a public school it was government property
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

ok, but what about advise while in court? What kind of stuff should I bring light to help my side? I doubt the fact the cop ran his hand from my spoiler up to my rear quarter window, (not once, but TWICE) would help my side.
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

well, I went and looked up the ordinance on my "violation".. and here's what it said:


Sec. 114-277A. Careless Driving.

(a) A person commits careless driving if the person intentionally operates a motor vehicle on a public road or highway in any one of the following ways:

1. Creates or causes unnecessary tire squealing, skidding, or sliding upon acceleration or stopping.

2. Simulates a temporary race.

3. Causes any wheel or wheels to unnecessarily lose contact with the ground.

4. Causes the vehicle to unnecessarily turn abruptly or sway.

(b) A person convicted of violating this section shall pay the scheduled fine in the amount stated at 805.8A, subsection 6, paragraph b. of the Iowa Code.


so, it looks like I'm in the clear ... dismissals all around
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Looks good man
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

yeah, I'm pretty excited about it

so, when I go to court, is it good enough to just bring a print out of the ordinance? The one I found is from 2000... I don't believe it has changed since then, but I could be wrong. I suppose I'll just look some more. I'm very happy with what I've found so far.
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

I really dont think thats all that there is for CD, I know in my town CD covers a Lot more then just what u posted. but o well just go to court and maybe he wont show up.
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

In mississippi the way the law is written, careless driving and wreckless driving are up to the discretion of the officer. Pulling through a gas station to avoid a redlight, that is careless driving in ms. I've seen a ticket for that before.
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

At least you didn't get pulled over for "not dimming your lights" when they weren't even on bright in the first place...
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

I love ppl who flash at me b/c of my foglights. I blip mine right back and they seem to leave me alone after that. Which reminds me..I need higher watt bulbs for my foglights lol.
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

this is the first time I was pulled over in the new GT... and I knew I was gonna get a ticket, as it's a GT, and I have the "failure to maintain" on my license. Of course, if both of these had stuck on my license, I wouldn't have a chance of NOT getting the next ticket.
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

...at least you have a valid license right now...
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

are you saying you don't? I don't do stupid **** 99.99% of the time. The one stupid thing I did yesterday, I got a ticket for it, and it took all of 10 seconds
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

Well I'm not exactly sure about mine, hence the reason I'm being the most cautious and law abiding driver on the road.
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Re: help me get out of a BS ticket

yeah, I did that too... for the 5-6 weeks I've owned the GT... then, I did one stupid thing, and BAM, cop right there.
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I love ppl who flash at me b/c of my foglights. I blip mine right back and they seem to leave me alone after that. Which reminds me..I need higher watt bulbs for my foglights lol.
sylvania silverstars in both my fogs and lowbeams. im bummed cause nobody flashes at me
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interesting update... the city ordinance under which I was cited, states they adopted the state code for such actions. And, I posted the state code earlier in this post. I called the County Attorney. He transferred me to the C.A. Intern, who handles most traffic violations. The Intern said I can mail in my plea of not guilty, along with my statement of "why", if I can't be at the preliminary hearing. I'm debating doing that. But I'm wondering if it would be better if I went? The funny thing is, the preliminary hearings are only on Thursdays, and the cop wrote either the 8th or the 18th for my pre-lim... and neither of those are a Thursday. One is a Tuesday, the other is this Saturday. Anyway, I'm still going to type something up right now.. just to organize my thoughts.
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I love ppl who flash at me b/c of my foglights. I blip mine right back and they seem to leave me alone after that. Which reminds me..I need higher watt bulbs for my foglights lol.
I just turn the high beams on and leave them on. I figure they didn't like the low beams, then I will change over for them and they can deal with the other option.
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I just turn the high beams on and leave them on. I figure they didn't like the low beams, then I will change over for them and they can deal with the other option.
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The only reason I got pulled over for it was because it was the weekend before the 4th and he was looking for an excuse. Luckily for me, I was high that night instead of drunk...
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