Well, hi! Sorry it took me all day to say hello. It’s been a busy day.
I had to get up and get out (no workout) because I had to go down to the Orange County Clerks office to dispute a traffic ticket I got. Yeah, I got a ticket last week for *allegedly* running a stop sign. Here’s the story.
On my way to my doctor’s appointment last week (mind you, I’m 9 months prego - going for sympathy here), I turned off my street and out of my neighborhood. There are three stop signs in my neighborhood between my house and the main road I took to get to my doctor. So I’m driving, driving, driving, for like 3 miles and I look in my rear view mirror and there is an unmarked cop car with their lights on WAY behind me. Like 15-20 car lengths behind me. I’m like “oh, he must be trying to get somewhere quick since his lights are on” so I slowed down. He didn’t go around me, so I pulled to the side to let him by. And to my surprise he pulled behind me. WHAT? I had NO clue he was out for me!
Since I had been driving for a while and not exceeding the speed limit I was completely baffled as to why I was being pulled over. I was also exceedingly annoyed because this was going to make me late for my doctor’s appointment. So he comes up and says the obligatory “license and registration” and I just blurt out “can you tell me why I am being pulled over???” Seriously, I had NO CLUE. He told me that I had run a stop sign. Since I had been driving for 3 miles on a road with no stop signs I said, “WHERE?!?!?!” and he said “at the corner of blah and blah,” naming two streets in my neighborhood. I don’t know the names of the streets in my neighborhood where the stops signs are, so I didn’t question it, but it didn’t sound right to me because I always stop at stop signs in my neighborhood. Or at least pause for the requisite amount of time.
Before he took my info, I did grab my giant belly (for sympathy) telling him “I have a doctor’s appointment in 20 minutes.” He said he would try to be quick. Whatevs. 15 minutes later (yes, jerk) he hands me a ticket for $164. $164 for running a stop sign??? Are you freakin kidding me? So after screaming many obscenities in my car after finally pulling away from the scene, I started thinking about it. Why did it take him 3+ miles to pull me over? If I did something wrong in my neighborhood, why did he not pull me over IN my neighborhood? It was a little odd the more I thought about it.
So I went to the doctor, did what I needed to do and came back home to my neighborhood making note of the names of the streets in my ‘hood where the stop signs were. NONE of which were the street names that the cop wrote on my ticket. Mmm hmm. He cited me for running a stop sign at the corner of blah and blah and I WAS NEVER AT THE STOP SIGN AT BLAH AND BLAH!!!! Blah and blah is the street next to mine in the opposite direction I was going. So I was not even there.
So I am disputing it. Not paying it. Going to traffic court over it. $164 equates to A LOT of diapers and mommy needs diapers right now. So that was my morning. I go to court in February, I’ll let you know if justice prevails. And seriously, shame on that cop for giving a girl who is clearly 9 months pregnant a ticket on the way to the doctor. Jerk.
Sorry, I’m all riled up. After my trip to get a court date, I did some shopping for myself and for the baby (I bought a cute lamp for the nursery at IKEA) and then came home and baked some banana bread with some seriously black bananas. It’s been a really random day.
On that note, I am going to leave you now. Hope you’re having a great Friday (even though it doesn’t feel like a Friday).
Questions for you …
- Have you ever gotten a traffic ticket?
I have gotten more speeding tickets than I care to admit. Like, I’ve almost reached the lifetime maximum of the number of times I can go to traffic school to get the points taken off my license.
- Have you ever gotten OUT OF a traffic ticket?
Never once. I even got one on my BIRTHDAY one time. Cops apparently hate me. Everyone I know has gotten out of one or all of their tickets and it really torks me off.