Thursday, January 29, 2009

Breakdown of my traffic violation

Excitement is not my middle name. I don't like a fast-paced life. I'm much more likely to choose a quiet day at home over a day out on the town. So, as contrary as it is to my nature, I get speeding tickets. I've had 3 of them in my 12 years of marriage, with two of those in the last 1 1/2 years.
Scott is a "go-go-go" personality. He has people to see, places to go, and things to do. A favorite question of his is, "What are we doing tonight?" Ask me how many times he has been pulled over for speeding. More than I can remember, and I have a pretty good memory. How many tickets? Two. But only one counted, because the other time the state trooper was escorting the President through a disaster area on his court date. Seriously, he has talked himself out of trouble soooo many times. Me? I say, "Yes, sir," "Thank you. Have a nice day." Every time I've been pulled over, I've been ticketed. I was always told that women could get a warning, but not me.
But my purpose here is not to bemoan my unfortunate encounters with the traffic cops. I was looking over my most recent speeding ticket receipt, and I noticed there is a breakdown of the cost of the ticket. I found it most interesting. Take a look:
Moving violation $1.00
State litigation $13.75
City Court Cost $40.00
Traumatic Brain Injury Fund $5.00
Misc. Traffic Cost $20.00
Data Processing Fee $2.00
Officer Fee $25.00
City Litigation $13.75
City Fines $22.00

Traumatic Brain Injury Fund? Really?


Ginny said...

Maybe the brain injury comes from seeing all those fees! Yikes! I got one ticket in the U.S. in 1981 and I can't remember how many tickets in Spain from 1982-1985 (a lot). I don't think I have gotten any tickets since. My beloved, however... Well, we won't go there. LOL!

Steve said...

Wow, I've had one ticket in my life back in 1977 I think when I was 17. I talked my way out of that one in court and it was dismissed. Now don't think for a minute I don't speed or break traffic laws. Let's just say I've only been caught once.

I couldn't believe the charges on your ticket! I never knew. Looks like they can put whatever they want on that thing. I think I'll try and be more careful in the future, can you imagine what charges will be on a ticket in a few more years.

pot hole repair... 25.00
traffic light bulb replacement... 10.00
police lunch fee... 12.00
after hours ticket fee... 5.00
stress and anxiety fee... 15.00

Where will it end?

Tish said...

Thankfully, I haven't had a ticket since 2003 - thanks to the terrible scare I had. I received a letter from the Dept. of Safety stating that I was in danger of losing my license due to an excessive amount of points for moving violations. It listed the three most recent tickets I had received and said that one more would require me to go before a safety board. I looked through the list of tickets and noticed that the one I had received just two days earlier wasn't listed on there. Oops! Needless to say, I've been careful ever since! I guess they forgot about the safety hearing. I never got anything further about it. Just be careful and make sure you don't lose your driving privileges!