post applies to anyone receiving a traffic citation in the state of
California, where we live.
few months ago, I was driving home and I passed through a
construction zone. There were some orange cones and signs put out on
the side of the road to indicate that construction work was going on.
No construction workers were on duty and I was driving at a
reasonable speed with the flow of traffic.
thing I know, a police officer stops me and gives me a traffic
citation for “unsafe speed for prevailing conditions.”
couldn’t believe it. I haven’t had a traffic ticket in over 8
years! Up until this moment, my driving record was completely clean.
I always strive to drive at reasonable speeds without heavy
acceleration. This makes sure that I am not only safe on the road,
but I save money on gas (we only spend around $105 a month for fuel).
month passed and I received my citation in the mail. I was blown away
by the bail amount(s):
I chose to attend Traffic School, I had to pay a fine of $579.00
I chose to pay my citation instead of attending Traffic School, I had
to pay a fine of $525.00
options seemed terrible. Ugh.
of all people receiving a traffic ticket simply just frown, shrug
their shoulders, and then reluctantly pay the full bail amount.
If eligible, they can also pay ~$50 extra for the privilege of
attending traffic school, then pay the traffic school of their choice
$10-20, and finally then spend 400 minutes completing the traffic
Chumps (Hey I was one of them the last time I received and paid for my ticket).
you’ve already attended traffic school within 18 months, then you
are no longer eligible to attend traffic school again. If you get
points on your record, your auto insurance company may increase your
rates or even cancel your policy.
you are living paycheck to paycheck, a traffic violation will
definitely give you that “oh
shit” feeling when it comes to your finances. If you are
living paycheck to paycheck, a traffic ticket can be one of those
minor emergencies that you pay for with your credit card (causing you
to build up debt).