Speeding ticket in NC!

  1. 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!
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  3. by   nurseygrrl
    That stinks! It has never happened to me, thankfully.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    I'm sorry..........I got my first speeding ticket in over 20 years last August, and I can't think of a worse way to spend money. :stone Good luck to your hubby when he goes to court......maybe the judge will cut him a little slack and reduce the fine, sometimes they'll do that just because one takes the time and trouble to show up.
  5. by   Aneroo
    Where in NC was it at? Parts of 40 and 85 are bad for tickets. I only know of a few roads in the state where the speed limit is 70, most of the interstates are 65 or 55 (due to the millions of construction projects they start and never finish!). Maybe it's somewhere around here and I can help ya out. I can refer you to MY speeding ticket lawyer. Good luck-Andrea
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    Always plead innocent. Then ask for an extension of your court date.
    The cop rarely shows up and the case is dismissed.
    -R
  7. by   BuffaloLPN
    It was in Wilmington. Construction was the reason for the 55, instead of 70. Thanks for the advice! Unfortunately we are no strangers to speeding tickets( I like to think his size 13's make him push harder on the pedal :wink2: ) Wishing he could have just been nice and written 70 instead, then we could just mail in the fine!
  8. by   2ndCareerRN
    Sometimes if you play, you have to pay. In this case the pay is a little more extensive/expensive.

    Instead of trying to rationalize the ticket, the fact is that hubby got the ticket for speeding. It sounds as though that is a habit for him. I find it hard to find any sympathy for him. Perhaps some retraining of his size 13 is in order.

    We flew out two young ladies (<25 y/o) early this morning. Multiple traumas secondary to a sudden stop while doing about 90mph. One of them may even live.

    The way I see it, your husband getting a ticket may have actually slowed him down for a few minutes, if it did I am happy.

    I hope your trip back down there is a nice one. Tell hubby, no more than 6-8mph over the posted limit should keep him safe from tickets, and you will still get where you are going in plenty of time.


    bob
  9. by   nekhismom
    I have gotten loads of tickets in NC over the years. I used to be a speed demon myself, ya know. LOL. And basically, there is NO cutting of slack from the state troopers in NC. Sorry you have to go back just for the fine, though. It may help if hubby takes a defensive driving or safe driver class (or whatever they call it where you live) before the court date. That will show the judge he's sorry, and that he has taken action to correct the situation. It will probably help a LOT with that insurance hike you're sure to experience!
  10. by   SCmomof3
    I had to reply as a former Buffalonian now living in the Carolinas


    While on the way back down for the court date, make sure he doesn't speed on the 19 in VA - they'll nab you for going 1 mph over, downhill - no joke! Would it possibly be cheaper to hire a lawyer to appear for you, considering the cost of gas these days??? Just a thought.


    Speeding in a construction zone will likely carry a hefty fine :uhoh21: Good luck and hopefully hubby will slow down from now on
  11. by   fawnsternurse
    Hello! Travel nurse , former Buffalonian here.I also got a speeding ticket on the 70 west going from Goldsboro to Raleigh at 1:00AM. Not one other car was in site. I had just passed the sign saying that the speed decreased to 45. Sorry, it was late at night/early morning and I just got off a 16 hr shift.I was around two minutes too late slowing down. This big ole Southern Cop pulled me over and when asked about my NY plates I told him "I was a travel nurse here temporarily". He said"Well Mam, I dont want you to think we all dont want you down here but I have to write you this ticket". At first chance I contacted a lawyer in the area I received the ticket, sent the ticket to him,and he represented me in court for a nice fee and I had to pay a fine and received "prayer for judgement" (I think thats correct). So I guess this is just one way for small towns to make money. It was an important lesson. Now I use cruise control and have a radar detector.
    Some lessons are quite expensive.
    BTW.. while down here I have seen all the lighthouses, outer banks, Asheville, Blowing Rock, Boone and scores of other towns in NC. We live in a great country with beautiful scenery and I have enjoyed immensley this opportunity to do some travel assignments here.I have been introduced to Pig Pickins and pig pickin pie, black eyed peas, fried liver and gizzards, collards, grits,the souths version of barbecue and scores of other foods.All in all I have met some very warm people and have a good experience.
  12. by   Sheri257
    This is weird. When I moved to California, I had to clean up and pay off some old (and I mean like 10 year old) speeding tickets in NC. DMVs have these computerized systems now. You have to clean up speeding tickets in EVERY state to get a new license.

    Anyway, I just called the NC court (I forget which county) sent them a check, and it was done.

    I wonder if this varies by county or something.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 18, '04
  13. by   NeuroICURN
    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!
  14. by   renerian
    Never ever speed down south. Going back to court would be a pain. Good luck.

    renerian

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