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Fuck this shit, I'm going home

So last night on the drive home from work I got a ticket for specifically NOT doing what the jerks in front of me did.

Traffic backup, and eventually I have to turn right. Jerkwads are passing me on the shoulder, but I know that's not the right thing to do, so I want until we crest a little hill and I see the turn lane. I wait for two more jerks to pass on the shoulder, then I pull into the turn lane... only to have a cop step out from a side street and make all three of us pull over. I'm thinking maybe there's an accident and we're not allowed to turn right way up at the light (the turn for which everyone was driving on the shoulder to bypass the backup in the first place), but no - I pull up to another cop who tells me I'm getting a ticket for driving on the shoulder. I was SO pissed, and told him I specifically DIDN'T do that and WAITED until I was at the turn lane, but he said, "Well, that other officer told you to pull over, so you're getting at ticket."

$110? Damn right I'm taking this to court! I usually support cops but this particular one really was blind and ignorant. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!


May. 10th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
I got a ticket on Mira Mesa Blvd in San Diego years ago in a similar situation. Right turn in heavy traffic. A group of officers pulling over drivers in mass. Angry, I vowed to fight the ticket. I took pictures, got my story together, and dressed up for traffic court. When it came my turn, the judge had me enter my not guilty plea. As a got ready to tell my story, the judge dismissed the charges because the officer hadn't showed up. I didn't quite understand. I was so focused on telling the story that I just stood there. He repeated the case was dismissed and I needed to go to the clerk's desk to complete the paperwork.

At some point we'll all have our video cameras recording everything, so all we have to show the video. Of course, that only works if we're following the law. "See, your honor, I *did* make a full stop at the stop sign." "Yes, but what about the bank robbery you're talking about on the audio."
May. 10th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
That's what I figure will happen, so it's worth my time.

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