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Urgh, and other things

Just before I left for Vegas I received a lovely picture of myself that was taken by the City of Tempe. I was clocked going a mind-numbing 47 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. (On, I'll add, a major street late at night when there wasn't much traffic.) I had allowed myself to pretty much forget about it until this afternoon, while I was cleaning up here and found the citation again. Oh, yeah.

So I started looking at driving school. Now, I realize it's been many years since the last time I actually got a speeding ticket (sheer luck, I assure you -- I AM a safe driver, I promise, but I love to drive fast); but the last time driving school was at least a few bucks cheaper than paying the ticket. Now, not so much.

I realize that people can in fact ignore the photo radar tickets and braver souls than I will just rip them up and toss them out... but I am not brave and I'm trying to figure this out. Normally I'd take the school, but it's a good ten bucks more; and we're talking a $171 fine in the first place. Part of me wants to actually fight it -- I have until the 17th to make arrangements to go to court and say I don't think that 47 MPH on an uncrowded major street in the late evening to be an "unreasonable" or "imprudent" speed. But I don't know if I can pull that off, even though most people assure me that it's easy to get those things dismissed because of course there is no witness against you. But I can't just throw it out because my registration is due next month and it'll still be there.


Stupid photo radar.

Otherwise, a very lazy and unproductive Sunday. I haven't done anything at all today other than clearing out some papers and a couple weeks' worth of junk mail stacked up on the front foyer table. Oh, and read LJ. Also watched five more episodes of Deep Space Nine, I started from the beginning last weekend. I'd completely forgotten a lot of this stuff ("You hit me! Picard never hit me!") -- it was a great show right from the get-go.


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Jun. 29th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
I doubt that I'd fight it, either. Was it over the speed limit by much? This is why I try to be sooooooo very cautious on SR 51 where they have photo radar.
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
47 in a 35. They only go off when you're going 11 miles over the speed limit (9 over 75). I never really worry on the freeway because I rarely go over 70, and most places have a 65 MPH limit -- except on the 143, where it's still 55 but luckily I know where they station the temporary cameras (no permanent ones there). I only got caught, I'm assuming, because I'm not used to driving that area of Tempe (it was the flash I saw the night we were coming home from Victoria's after the buffet); I know where all the cameras are on my usual routes.

Jun. 29th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
well ugh
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
That's what I say.

The worst thing was the traffic school "fees." The first one I looked at the actual cost of the CLASS was $34 -- then a "state of Arizona" fee and a "certificate fee" and some other fee and the total came up to $188 -- and that was a CHEAP one!

Jun. 29th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
that sucks worse
Jun. 29th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Oh no! It wasn't along that stupid stretch of Rural between just south of University and Rio Salado, was it? And it wasn't during post-buffet bliss, was it? I got a ticket there my first month here. It sucked!

I understand 35mph school zones for elementary, junior, and even high schools -- but universities? I think it must be one more sinister symbiosis between ASU and the city of Tempe for raising money.

I should start boycotting Rural. McClintock is so much more reasonable.
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
It was, in fact, yes to both! Right there between the Rio Salado and getting on the freeway! I saw the flash and looked down and said, "I'm only going 46! It can't POSSIBLY be a 35 MPH here!!!" But apparently, it is... Urgh. The last ticket I got was actually in Tempe, as well (on McClintock just south of Southern, in that case, across from the high school!).

Killer thing is, I don't speed that much on surface streets anymore, but I didn't think I was speeding!
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Jun. 29th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm wondering. A hundred-seventy-seven bucks isn't chump change, but if I LOSE at the hearing, I get to pay the fine AND court costs... Plus, as you say, the stress and everything else.

Jun. 30th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Ugh, Tempe traffic cameras. My ex (who attended ASU) and her friends would get nabbed near campus all the time.
Jul. 1st, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, the last time I was tagged (more than ten years ago now!), it was in Tempe...

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