I got a citation this weekend, for driving too fast for conditions. This was after crumpling the crap out of my fender (and breaking the taillight of another car) when I hit cars that were already in an accident caused by the unexpectedly slick roads. The officer said that if I was driving too fast to stop, I was driving too fast. End of story.
Okay. Agreed. This is true. I was going too fast (although under the speed limit). I did not know I was going too fast to be able to stop until I saw the little pileup, and tried to stop, and couldn’t. I didn’t argue at the time. I took my little citation and was suitably chastened.
But may I now whine? The officer told me that there were accidents all over town. The tow trucks were booked, every officer on duty was at road-condition-related traffic accident. And I got into an accident in part because a condition-related accident had happened moments before. Might it not be the case that the roads were a little tricky? That in certain spots, almost no speed was safe? But that it wasn’t that no one should be driving, because in other spots you could easily go five MPH OVER the speed limit (as the officer groused people were doing in the next lane, whizzing by as she wrote the accident reports)? I mean, we’ve got loads of evidence that it was safe to drive, just unpredictably unsafe in certain spots. And I wasn’t speeding.
I might also note that even without a ticket, I am going to be amply punished. I have to pay for my deductible, suffer the inconvenience of my car in the shop for repairs, take my son to the doctor (he was unhurt but the officer insisted I take him in next week to check him out), and buy a new carseat (although insurance may pay for that, knock wood). I’ll bet my insurance company might make me feel a little pain, too, when it comes time to renew my policy.
So couldn’t she CUT ME A BREAK on this citation? I admit that the charge was factually inaccurate, but damn. Have a heart!
I don’t generally agree with the whole “Haven’t I suffered enough” excuse, but combined with the fact that dozens of motorists were as tricked as I was. . . . I’m moping over this ticket. I think it’s gonna cost me $150. Money I might have sent to starving orphans, you just never know.
To turn this into a thread ,instead me just whimpering, why not mope about your own traffic violation woes here. Tell about how the cruel police officer stole your orphan-bound donation. Or berate me for being a whiner. Something.
I’ll be here in the corner pouting.