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Beach, and speeding ticket. [Nov. 4th, 2002|10:01 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Went to the beach with Marcus, Sarah, and Karyn. Walked around town, walked along the beach, did gymnastics (Marcus and I, at least), took pictures, ate, played lots of pool.

Had a great time.

We took two cars. On the way back, they all headed up to Astoria to go back to Seattle. I drove back home alone along 26.

30 miles from the coast this person starts tailing me. I flipped the less-reflection switch on my rear-view mirror but was still annoyed because he was so close that his headlights were shining in my eyes through my side-view mirrors.

I waited for him to pass me for about 10-15 seconds and finally got annoyed and sped up to distance myself from his headlights.

And, sure enough....


He asked me how fast I was going, and I replied honestly that I never saw myself going above 70. It was dark, hilly, and twisty, and there was too much oncoming traffic to use my brights, so I wasn't driving fast. I certainly wasn't in any rush to get anywhere, either.

He said I was going 74, which I entirely disagree with. At first I thought he might've paced me at 74 when he was tailing me and I sped up, but the citation says "Radar" as the means he got my speed at. Which makes me know even more that it's bullshit: there's no way I was going 74 before he caught up to me. Right before the straight-away where he tailed me at, the road was all twisty and dark.... I was probably going 65 max.

So, I'll fight it... it'll give me something to do. Court date is Nov. 25th in Astoria. Worst case I lose and it's $109, which isn't too bad, considering my previous one (where I was actually guilty).

Despite the length of this post, I'm not angry or anything. Actually, given all the minor things that are frustrating me lately, this hardly makes the list. Just thought it was stupid.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-11-04 10:54 pm (UTC)
It was just like that!

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[User Picture]From: funjon
2002-11-04 10:44 pm (UTC)
You know, I bet a judge would frown upon a patrol officer tailing a car extremely closely, with very bright headlights, on a dark night on a twisty hilly road. Granted, another option you had would be to pull over (if there was room), or to slow down, put on your hazard flashers, and wave him by, but... It sounds kinda obvious (to me, anyway) that he was just trying to bait you into what you did. Which is, if I'm not mistaken, illegal.

He was, after all, endangering you and himself by following closely with bright headlights.

Also, you said the road is hilly and twisty, and it was dark. Do you think it's even reasonably possible for someone to do 74MPH through that area without flying off the road? I mean, I've got good road-course driving experience, but I won't drive down Lombard St in San Francisco at more than 5mph, because it's so insane :)
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[User Picture]From: xotiffany
2002-11-05 02:05 pm (UTC)
Yea that sounds like entrapment. Good luck with that situation.
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[User Picture]From: nemo
2002-11-04 11:24 pm (UTC)
Don't forget to request shit on the radar, the cop and the ticket.
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From: spider280
2002-11-05 04:00 am (UTC)

I had traffic court yesterday..

I just went there, knew the cop was wrong, plead not guilty, then went to Judge and he asked how I plead and I said, "Guilty, if I can receive assistance from the court on the points." Granted it was 49 in the 35..BS.. so, paid $108 and no points..it is the points that kill insurance anyway.
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[User Picture]From: youngoat
2002-11-05 07:07 am (UTC)
I had a friend in high school who would slam on the breaks when people followed him too closely. =]
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[User Picture]From: youngoat
2002-11-05 07:09 am (UTC)

Before you correct me...

Er... brakes
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[User Picture]From: thecartoongod
2002-11-05 07:10 am (UTC)
Just be careful when you contest it. I had a friend who went to court to get his fine dropped down, which they did but they charged him a bunch of legal fees just for appearing in court and using their time so it amounted to the same price anyway. Then again, that's Minnesota. I'm not sure what they do here, but you might want to look into that.
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[User Picture]From: drx
2002-11-05 07:52 pm (UTC)
all of the local govts. (dc metropolitan area) and the feds (park police, capitol hill police, etc.) do charge for court fees, but if you show up to court and you weren't doing 100 in a 25 or something (my brother got a ticket in north carolina that required a court apperance. there was no fine listed on the ticket.), you get no points. that is well worth the legal fees. besides higher insurance rates you could be dropped completely due to excessive points.
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[User Picture]From: kimmylovesbobby
2002-11-06 06:42 am (UTC)
Hi Brad. Sorry about the ticket, good luck. Just wanted to pop in and tell you how much I enjoy reading your journal. xoxox
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[User Picture]From: sharkyfour
2002-11-07 10:44 pm (UTC)

That's funny...

The same exact thing has happened to two of my friends recently. They get someone right on their ass, they speed up, and they get a ticket. Was there something in a national police trade magazine recently or something? Do police even have trade mags?
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