I Got A Ticket And I Liked It

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Yes sir, I got a traffic ticket this week. I’ve gotten tickets in the past but it’s been almost 5 years. I do really well behind the wheel, don’t have trouble paying attention or following the traffic laws and have mellowed out since I officially hit adulthood enough so that road rage is not an issue. But I got a ticket anyway and I’m glad I did.

I know I’ll be fined, and at this point I don’t even know how much. I have the option to attend traffic school to get the ticket wiped from my record which will cost even more than the ticket I’m sure. So why am I not upset about it?

Because I know I was at fault and I actually believe strongly in the traffic law I was pulled over for, speeding in a school zone. The blinkers were flashing and the traffic cones were out. I’ve driven that road at least 500 times in my life and yet I didn’t notice and neglected to slow down.

Perspective

As a parent, I know how important my kids are to me.  They are my life and if anything happened to them, my wife and I would be devastated. As a hot-headed teen, I remember being frustrated and irritated whenever I had to stop at a school zone. Why does it have to be so slow, I can see the kids fine. They should be paying attention, not me. But now that I have kids of my own, my perspective has changed.

As you navigate through life, being aware of the other people out there and their views will make things so much easier for you. You may never fully understand their life until you experience things they’ve experienced but being understanding of them and their view can help you grow and become a greater person. This will have a positive affect on your work relationships, your single life as you date, your married relationship and your struggles with children. No one thinks the same as you do, not even your children but being aware of that and respecting their perspective will be a great asset in your life.

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16 thoughts on “I Got A Ticket And I Liked It

    • September 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm
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      Yea I felt lucky there were no kids around. I was going under the normal posted speed limit and it’s not a busy street, but still doesn’t make it okay.

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    • September 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm
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      I always thought that so cliche until I had a kid haha. Now I have three and it just changes more and more every day.

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  • September 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm
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    I speed like crazy on the freeways, but cruise at 37 MPH in a 40 MPH zone. As a teacher,I am particularly sensitive to school zones.

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    • September 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm
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      I was going about 38. The cop actually marked me down on the ticket at 30 so maybe he could tell how stupid I felt 🙂

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  • September 22, 2011 at 8:44 am
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    Ooo school zones. I am extra careful in those areas because of 1. the kids and 2. the cops! Sorry you got the ticket, but you have such a good perspective about it.

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    • September 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm
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      You know, I’m always careful when I see pedestrians and especially kids on the sidewalks and such because you never know when they will dart into traffic..but there were no kids around, no peds, just the crossing card who sits in his car, and the motorcycle cop who I noticed all too late.

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  • September 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm
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    That is a big one – MAKE SURE YOU PLEAD NOT GUILTY. Then the ADA will provide you with a lower plea bargain.

    * NOT AT ALL LEGAL ADVICE just a random online comment lol

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    • September 26, 2011 at 11:58 am
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      Even if I signed the ticket saying I admit all guilt? I’ll do that though and see what happens..

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    • September 26, 2011 at 11:58 am
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      Ugh I sure hope it’s not $400!

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  • September 24, 2011 at 6:55 am
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    When I read the title, I was like “What?!?” because my wife just got a $50 parking ticket for parking too close to a crosswalk. After reading the post, it makes sense. Good point. (and good work in luring me in with the title. haha)

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    • September 26, 2011 at 11:57 am
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      Hey it worked for Katy Perry 😉

      Sometimes I don’t see the logic behind the laws, but in this case obviously, I do.

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  • September 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm
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    Way to take responsibility for your mistake. Glad no one got hurt. Great message about recognizing other people’s perspective. Thanks for sharing!

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    • September 26, 2011 at 11:59 am
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      No problem and thanks for commenting. Yea it’s a tough lesson but I can’t fault the cop for this especially where kids are involved.

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