Quote from BuffaloLPN
Grrrrrrrrr... hubby and I were visiting in NC this weekend and he got a speeding ticket! Problem is, it was a 75 in 55 area! That means, he has to go back and go to court. No mailing in a fine for us. We could send an attorney, but it's probably the same $ to just go himself. Anyone else had to "revacation" for a driving violation? I must say, they are speedy down there, we had no idea the speed limit had decreased from 70 because everyone else was doing 70-80. sisterinlaw said we should have sucked up a bit more and he would've been more leniant. I guess they demand yes sir, no sir or that's it for you! Other than that NC was BEAUTIFUL!
Ok, here is my humble opinion on it all (as a former police officer myself).
I'm not surprised you got a ticket....you did say that it was construction area in a later post, didn't you? Well, you should have known that the speed limit was reduced...and slowed down accordingly. It doesn't matter what every one else was doing (insert the old saying about people jumping off a bridge here
). If there is any place that you're going to get a ticket for speeding, it's definately in a construction zone!!! Remember, there are people trying to work there! Some states have laws stating that normal speed limits apply if there is no work being done at that time (like after normal work hours), but I don't know if NC is one of them and I don't know what time this took place for you.
Also, if you're going to speed...remember a few basic things. Most police officers won't even bother pulling you over if you're under 10 mph over the speed limit. (Personally I never gave a ticket till they were 16 over) Also, it does help to run with a crowd (never be first or last) and to stay in the right lane, if possible.
Finally.....being curteous (no matter HOW mad you are) when you get pulled over goes a long way!!! For example, until the officer reaches your car, do NOT move your hands from the top of the steering wheel. I personnally tell the officer that my liscense is in my purse and then ASK if I can reach to get it out...and then that my registration and ins. is in the glove compartment and then I ASK again if I can reach for those!!! NEVER make ANY sudden movements! And yes...saying yes sir or ma'am, being polite and friendly also helps! No, these tips won't get you out of every ticket but it helps...especially if you have to go to court. Remember, we all have jobs to do....we don't necessarily like to inflict pain on our pts, but we have to do it sometimes....same rule applies to police officers! They are generally good, hard-working men and women that also don't get an ounce of the credit that they deserve!
Well, I could go on for days on this subject, but I'll stop here. Feel free to PM me with any further questions!
P.S. I was just in Wilmington NC last week too! I actually stayed in Topsail Beach, but went there for a day of shopping!