Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Breakin the Law

At the crack of dawn I jumped into my car and carefully and cautiously drove to one of my favorite places - Traffic Court.

In one of those mommy moments of trying to get it all done before 5pm, YES, I was perhaps pushing on my gas-pedal a little more then usual and to my great fortune it was all witnessed by a Deputy ever willing to use me to help fill his ticket quota for the day. We got tagged and issued a lovely lime green note to appear and it was time to face the judge.

After being searched, scanned, and ensured that my underwire does set off the metal detector I was herded into a line to check in. Then after that and more forms to sign we were all herded again into the court room. At first I was ready to put up a fight, I was not going 46mph in a 30 zone, but after watching the judge, I quickly reconsidered, guilty might help get this over with quicker. The judge was commanding, point-blank and I think a bit mad that he was here dealing with all of us way before 8am. That was manifest when the man before me got taken to jail the hard way. That made me realise that our freedom can be taken away at any moment if we make dumb decisions. I got called up and put on my most respectful face, saying "no sir" more then I can ever remember saying. In the end having a clean driving record and looking relatively normal got me probation. So now I have to be a good driver for 9 months. That is going to be hard to do with all the driving that I do in a week, but I do not want that ticket nor do I ever want to go to that court room ever again, next time I might not get off so good.

Drive safe out there.

11 comments:

Elena said...

I'm impressed! Thank goodness tickets are only $50 here. I think I'd rather pay that then go to court. If I went, I'd probably just cry from nerves and that wouldn't look good.

Busy Lady said...

Yikes! I can't believe they made you go to court for just going 16 over the speed limit. That is crazy. I'm glad you didn't end up getting thrown in the clink though! I would have come and visited you and brought you some cheesecake though. I will remember your story when I am out there driving and I will share it with my Driver's Ed students, I guess things are much more strict in Utah, we will thank our lucky stars.

EmmaP said...

i hear ya! i hate court! you outlaw you...

Jennifer P. said...

ooooh! I have never been to court before--that would have scared me!

Glad I won't be seeing your picture up in the post office :)

RhondaLue said...

bad girl, bad girl, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

traffic stuff bites. I went to school last year and hope I don't get a ticket anytime soon again!

Caroline said...

Well, I guess you learned your lesson little missy! Just kidding. I'm glad it was a ticket and not an accident that happened, injuring you, your family, or others.

That judge would've scared the poopie out of me.

Heather said...

RhondaLue is cracking me up!

I've been to traffic court as a witness, and it scared the bejesus out of me.

Haven't been back since.

Get the lead out of your shoe, woman!

Wendy said...

Count me in as a scaredy-girl, too! I'd be like Elena and be a bawl baby in front of the judge!

We're pretty good citizens here -- I can't remember the last time I got a speeding ticket!

pawlyandsandy said...

Wow that sounds scary! Glad you survived. Good luck keeping your driving record clean :)

Motherboard said...

I heard your new "doo" is pretty slick!

Bummer about the traffic court.

Tiffiney said...

i had never had a ticket...and i had to take a darn class...and it was sooooo boring...watch your speeding...lol...i have been watching mine...hard to go slow...haha