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What's the Most You've Paid for a Traffic Ticket?

Freshwire 2013/02/14 23:24:43
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Most of us do our best to follow the rules when we're on the road, but life happens. Maybe you were running late to a meeting, risked going a few miles per hour over the speed limit, and got caught; maybe you didn't realize there was a "No Right on Red" sign and went for it, even though you know there was a police car right behind you. Even talking on your phone can get you in trouble in most states.

Whatever your experience with getting (or avoiding) traffic tickets, we want to hear about it. If you have a minute or two, take our 8-question poll, and feel free to explain yourself in the comments section! It's rarely a simple story.
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  • Sanmansr 2014/07/04 01:03:29
    $500-$1,000
    Sanmansr
    +1
    I didn't pay and then I really Paid! You can't fight City Hall! Can t fight City Hall
  • vanessar 2014/07/04 01:01:15
    $150-$300
    vanessar
    +2
    I rarely drive anymore.Anyone who has a car in a major city is either terribly wealthy or truly insane.
  • Will Jenkins 2014/07/03 20:09:07
  • paul.jeffers.108 2014/04/09 19:25:18
    $150-$300
    paul.jeffers.108
    +2
    I got pulled over a few years ago for going 35 MPH in a 25 MPH. I was given the choice of just paying the ticket or attending a driver's safety class and keeping the ticket off of my record. I opted to take the class. I was still required to pay the citation of $90 and also pay for the class which was another $100. I'm glad that option was available and that it saved me money in the long run on my car insurance.

    Paul Jeffers | http://www.gotaticketfightit.com
  • Al in St. Lou 2013/03/01 18:22:39
    $150-$300
    Al in St. Lou
    +2
    It was a long time ago.
  • smiffjp 2013/02/26 03:41:46
    $300-$500
    smiffjp
    +2
    I was going over 100 saw the car slowed down clocked at 90 going down I-15...ticket was 275 plus another 56 for online traffic school. San Bernadino did not complain when I did not take the course...they are broke anyway they got my money
  • ☆Snapefangirl☆ 2013/02/25 08:02:00
    $150-$300
    ☆Snapefangirl☆
    +2
    I never paid traffic ticket before. (I don't drive.)
  • seadog6608PWCM 2013/02/25 05:16:32
  • MarcusRP 2013/02/24 15:56:51
    $150-$300
    MarcusRP
    +2
    I've never received a traffic ticket.
  • Not A Crybaby Richard <3Fre... 2013/02/24 14:45:36
    $150-$300
    Not A Crybaby Richard <3Freedom!
    +2
    I've never gotten a ticket because I don't have a driver's license.

    So $0.00
  • Aleksandr 2013/02/24 12:45:32
    $300-$500
    Aleksandr
    +2
    My job comes first and I don't want to be late for work, so I don't care paying for a few parking tickets.
  • Pedalpusher 2013/02/24 05:36:09
    $150-$300
    Pedalpusher
    +2
    Nothing, you're assuming that everyone gets tickets!
  • Leslie Goudy 2013/02/24 02:21:57
    $500-$1,000
    Leslie Goudy
    +2
    I was the first person in my town to be guilty of the three times with no insurance rule. 500 to reinstate the license.
  • amanda 2013/02/23 23:35:26
    $300-$500
    amanda
    +4
    417$ :(
  • lena 2013/02/23 16:05:08
    $150-$300
    lena
    +2
    I have an uncle who used to pay THOUSANDS in parking tickets every year. He said he "just wrote them off as expenditures." He's a former cop, who retired young (and I must say most likely in disgrace because he retired at a rank not much higher than the one he went in as twenty years earlier). He always thought that he was above the law and I'm sure his car was seized for tickets more than a few times...wonder why they didn't garisheed his pay check or pension check...I don't know if he had any traffic tickets but I do know that he HAD to be"The King of Parking Tickets", if not high up in the kings court!

    PS. I had to check $150 -$300 but I actually think my highest traffic ticket was about $110- $120 and about eight to ten years ago. I live on a street where parking was really difficult. As soon as I got pinched for having about two feet of my car hanging in a "no parking here to corner" spot I flipped on my landlord to give me a parking space or expect to see me move.

    Voila no more traffic ticket. I see cops give them out on the four corners of my street NIGHTLY...
  • Dave 007 2013/02/23 12:44:19
    $150-$300
    Dave 007
    +2
    This one cop was talking to his friends (at the site) and joking with them while writing me a ticket. How unprofessional. Too bad this was before cell phones.
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2013/02/22 22:49:24 (edited)
    $150-$300
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +4
    For 5 mph. (yes, 5 mph) over the speed limit at a trap set right outside of the airport. It was completely and totally ridiculous, but I knew there was no fighting it since that town is notorious for doing that to people and they are all in on it, you can't get a fair trial. I think it was $125 not $150 but still, that is pretty darn bad for 5 mph. and I am not convinced I was speeding at all but he said I was.
  • Not A C... WhereIs... 2013/02/24 14:41:43
    Not A Crybaby Richard <3Freedom!
    +2
    Here in Austria they only give warnings for 5 mph over the speed limit.
  • david abe 2013/02/22 20:34:07
    $150-$300
    david abe
    +2
    It was ten dollars!
  • FichenDich 2013/02/22 18:42:59
    $500-$1,000
    FichenDich
    +2
    I am taking inflation into account. It was $240 in 1983. That has to be about $600 today. The only comment to make is that a truck blasting by knocked off the cop's hat. Then he was almost run over when he retrieved it. After that, he had me go sit in the front seat while he filled out the citation. He said that because I was in the Army, he wrote me up for doing 68 instead of the 72 I was actually going. The fine doubled at 70.
  • MsDianna 2013/02/22 16:54:24
    $150-$300
    MsDianna
    +3
    I've never had a ticket but you didn't have a slot for that answer!
  • Jenna ☮♡ッ 2013/02/22 14:23:29
    $150-$300
    Jenna ☮♡ッ
    +3
    Less than that. My first and only ticket (for running a red light, stupid I know but I thought I could make it) was $90. The cop saw me do it too, so it wasn't like I could try and fight it (like I might have been able to if it had been a camera.)
    Apparently it was supposed to cost me a lot more, but I was cooperative so he bumped down the fine.
  • Pickles 2013/02/22 14:18:20
    $150-$300
    Pickles
    +3
    Actually, it was much less than that but there was not that option. I have been driving for over 30 years and I have been stopped for speeding exactly once. I freely admitted it and apologized and he said because I was being so cooperative, he would lessen the speed that I was driving, so that it would cost me less money and points. He said he did have to write it, however, because I was doing 80 kmh in a 50 kmh zone. I totally agreed. I never understood anyone fighting a speeding ticket if they were speeding. And it is not that I never sped before or after that . . . I was just never caught. But, if I were, I would pay the ticket.
  • nicesteve 2013/02/22 11:50:59
    $150-$300
    nicesteve
    +2
    After the fine, court fees, and traffic school tuition, it came barely south of
    the $250 mark.
  • Carlo 2013/02/22 00:42:26
    $500-$1,000
    Carlo
    +3
    Sucks being the minority
  • charles nelson 2013/02/22 00:18:55
    $150-$300
    charles nelson
    +3
    But I got to meet his sister
  • trollatc 2013/02/22 00:09:50
    $150-$300
    trollatc
    +3
    $250 a long time ago
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2013/02/21 23:50:40
    $150-$300
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  • Tina 2013/02/21 02:48:01
    $150-$300
    Tina
  • raine1200 2013/02/20 14:16:57
    $150-$300
    raine1200
    +3
    really only 60$ . I usually just ask them do you really need to give me a ticket and they say no just slow down.
  • macy 2013/02/20 02:49:31
    $150-$300
    macy
    +3
    By that I mean $0, because I've never gotten a ticket.
  • cass 2013/02/19 20:46:50
    $1,000-$2,400
    cass
    +4
    $1500.00 for a speeding ticket and i was lucky at that...
  • bt sedlock 2013/02/19 19:17:27
    $150-$300
    bt sedlock
    +3
    Less than $150.00, much less.
  • Charlie 2013/02/19 18:19:59
    $150-$300
    Charlie
    +4
    I average maybe one speeding ticket every three to five yrs. But I'm a truck driver so if you include DOT tickets for stuff like being over loaded, a marker light out, a grain of sand on the bed of my trailer or in the case where a DOT cop doesn't think I have enough chains holding my load down or he or she just doesn't like the way I applied them. Hell I get those all the time. Seams like there's a DOT cop hiding behind every tree in my neck of the woods. I talked my way out of a speeding ticket once from a Texas State Trooper, That's something you want hear of to often. Back then the speed limit was still 55 and I was doing 70. When he pulled me over I jumped out of the truck with all my paperwork in hand, license, insurance, regurgitation, medical card and toilet paper. I met the trooper at the end of my trailer and handed him all my paperwork except the roll of toilet paper. There was a small patch of trees right next to the road and I turned to head toward em when he said. Hold on there driver. Just where the hell do you think your going ? Man I'm about to poop all over myself right now. If you hadn't of stopped me I would have made it to that truck stop up the road but that ain't gonna happen now. I told him I would shake a limb or something so he would no I wasn't
    maki...
    I average maybe one speeding ticket every three to five yrs. But I'm a truck driver so if you include DOT tickets for stuff like being over loaded, a marker light out, a grain of sand on the bed of my trailer or in the case where a DOT cop doesn't think I have enough chains holding my load down or he or she just doesn't like the way I applied them. Hell I get those all the time. Seams like there's a DOT cop hiding behind every tree in my neck of the woods. I talked my way out of a speeding ticket once from a Texas State Trooper, That's something you want hear of to often. Back then the speed limit was still 55 and I was doing 70. When he pulled me over I jumped out of the truck with all my paperwork in hand, license, insurance, regurgitation, medical card and toilet paper. I met the trooper at the end of my trailer and handed him all my paperwork except the roll of toilet paper. There was a small patch of trees right next to the road and I turned to head toward em when he said. Hold on there driver. Just where the hell do you think your going ? Man I'm about to poop all over myself right now. If you hadn't of stopped me I would have made it to that truck stop up the road but that ain't gonna happen now. I told him I would shake a limb or something so he would no I wasn't
    making a run for it. I stayed in there for what I felt was the appropriate amount of time then I came on back. That trooper was just standing there shaking his head. He just handed me all my paper work and license and told me not to ever let him catch me hauling ass down his highway again. I thanked him and offered to shake his hand but he declined on the hand shake.
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  • kittycat 2013/02/19 16:33:34
    $150-$300
    kittycat
    +3
    This poll starts too high; I can't imagine getting tickets for over a thousand dollars. The only tickets I've gotten were for parking and they were $20 each.
  • bt sedlock kittycat 2013/02/19 19:31:49
    bt sedlock
    +2
    On 9/11/01 I parked my car on the grass on Washington Rock. I wasn't supposed to park there, but there was no room in the parking lot becasue all the cars were there. Everybody wanted to see the smoke billowing out of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center; I wanted to see it myself. I got a ticket and had to go pay it at the police department.
  • WhereIs... kittycat 2013/02/22 22:53:03
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Not anymore, towns are making their revenue that way, at least some of them. Look out for the speed traps.
  • Tasinahri 2013/02/19 15:37:34
    $500-$1,000
    Tasinahri
    +2
    The one and only ticket I ever got was originally $10.00 but I couldn't pay it till some 10 years later, and it escalated to a little over $800.00 by then.
  • KEYPINITREEL 2013/02/19 15:36:03
    $300-$500
    KEYPINITREEL
    +2
    I feel that many traffic tickets are like harassment, for instance Im driving down Ronald Reagan Lane in Georgetown Texas, the speed limit goes from 65 to 60. Im trying to get where Im going so Im playing it close... I see Johnny law (police), I look down at my dash, Im doing about 69...I know its over 65 but the limit is 65...Im thinking to myself.. I think Im good.

    Next thing I know, Here comes Johnny Law with his party lights flashing, Nobody out there but him and me... traffic is literally like one or two cars a minute driving by...maybe less. Middle of Nowhere type traffic. Dude pulls me over, the Speed limit was 60 as of a half mile back... then he gives me a ticket ... I sign it... look down..find out he bumped me up to 71... just to put me 10 Mph over the limit...taking my ticket from 150 bucks to 185 bucks.

    Now here is my gripe, This dude (cop) just robbed me for 185 dollars, for supposedly doing a 71 in a 60 in the middle of nowhere ( his word versus mine), with no traffic present! Now... how long does it take the average person to work to pay that off... that's almost a days pay. That's whats unfair and unjust, that's BullSh#@t. If Im wrong Im wrong but those fines are wrong too. The road is flat... no curves, two to three lanes each direction, no rain , sunny day... nobody out there...he's bored...im minding my business... I got jacked for 185 dollars... by the cops. In broad daylight....

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