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05-11-2011, 09:17 PM #21
Drinking and Driving should NEVER be allowed to slide. I don't care if you're a United States Solider, United States President, or what. You don't have the right to jeopardize peoples lifes like that. Not only was that stupid on your part, but the office that pulled you over should be disciplined for not taking action. And yes, this hit's close to home.
"If you can't do the time, Don't do the crime." It's time to accept the consequences, and man up. Life goes on buddy. You live and you learn, you'll be okay. Trust me, this is so minor in life.
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05-11-2011, 10:09 PM #22
I agree, it seems like the end of the world at this point, but you'll look back on this someday and say what a joke it was. I got 3 tickets before I was 17, lost my liscense for a month cause of it, and didn't blame the cops, they weren't the ones speeding, i was, well, one of the tickets was for a california stop at a dead intersection that was pretty much horse s#%T, but the other ones were my bad. and I am better for it now. some of lifes best lessons are hard ones.
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05-11-2011, 10:41 PM #23
If your under the age of 18(which I am guessing you are) your lucky he didnt have your dad come get you and your truck. Exhibition of speed is what he wrote you for, which is severe enough but he could have gotten you for the speed also.
Dont take this the wrong way...
Suck it up and learn from this....take your licks and move on. Oh...next time dont cry....take it like a man and dont give the cop a reason to *uck with you more.
05-12-2011, 06:07 PM #24
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Chad - You've started an awesome thread....just take a look at the responses and feedback members have provided; some really great stuff! As you can tell, we've all been there and learned...and some learn quicker than others (well...and maybe some never learn?!).
Anyway.....The nice thing is that you have received honest and great feedback. Please keep in mind the audience here. You have a lot of First Responders, including current and former law enforcement who have seen first hand the bad things that can happen with young drivers, people who were your age at one time and KNOW what you are going through, and although typically perspective based, people who will try and give you the best advice they can even if you don't like the answer...and of course were all one HUGE family of GM fans and share your interest there.
Hang in there, keep us posted, and let us know if you make any changes based on this incident and the constructive advice stated in this thread. You sound like a great kid and we all want to see good things happen for you....it's just sometimes you have to go through a few tough lessons to get there.
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05-13-2011, 08:38 AM #25
All exceptionally well said, Mike.
And Chad, please don't think that we are all looking at this as an opportunity to give you a hard time or make you feel worse about the situation. I'm quite certain that none of us here would wish this incident upon you. Nonetheless, it has happened, you asked for input, and you've received some very honest and straightforward responses. Again, best of luck. I also hope that everything turns out ok for you.
05-13-2011, 09:16 AM #26
Go to court and fight the ticket. they will more then likely drop the points and you pay the fine. Next time you get pulled over keep your cool and dont give the cop something to play off of (poker face).
05-13-2011, 09:46 AM #27
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exibition of speed where im at can land you in jail. when you go to court yes sir/mam everything
05-13-2011, 12:40 PM #28
Thank you for all of the advice and such. I know what i did was wrong but idk. i dont mind paying the fine, its just the points. I cant take the points. In az when a minor gets points on their record, they are screwed. Thats all im worried about.'07 Chevy Silverado Classic
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05-13-2011, 01:12 PM #29
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Yeah....I bet many of us have run into point issues at one time or another...and it certainly is a pain in the pocket with insurance as well (if you don't get dropped). However, if points were not part of the consequence/penalty, then people with lots of $$ would not really be penalized for breaking the law, as it wouldn't let them feel some pain. Also, points can indicate if a person is a habitual offender and/or are in total disregard of the law (i.e. a large point violation for drag racing, going 20+ over the speed limit, etc.). In your case, it sounds more like points will encourage you to drive more responsibly than a fine and insurance cost increases, thus the point system is working to improve your behavior.
It sounds like you're on the better track of taking responsibility for your actions (both for the violation and your interaction between you and the officer). That is the kind of attitude influences how your treated (better) and could (maybe) lessen the severity of your penalty. Blaming the officer and adding the additional drama will never work in your favor.
With the different attitude you now have, maybe try the following (if you're not going to take this to trial).
Do you best to get a meeting with the Prosecutor prior to your court date...if successful:
1. Write a letter to the Prosecutor/Judge,/DA taking responsibility for your actions and bring with you to your meeting
2. In your letter, also include steps you will take to ensure that it does not happen again, why what you did was wrong, how you handled the situation was wrong (I'm sure the officer wrote detailed notes on the back of his copy of the ticket), etc.
3. Have your parents penalize you (and keep in mind, they must be 100% involved in this process). For example, you cannot drive your truck except for school and work for 3 months, YOU will pay 100% of all fines, insurance cost increases, and any other related costs, etc.
4. Offer some additional items such as a day or two volunteering at a hospital or other facility that see trauma patients on a regular basis, or do a ride a long with an officer so you can see things through their eyes, etc.
If you do some or all of the items mentioned (or that others will mention or you can come up with), you'll be head and shoulders above what other 16 and 17 year olds do when faced with the same or similar situation. It shows your maturity and that you have given a lot of thought to a potentially dangerous situation, which is very unusual for someone of your age. There are no guarantees that these ideas will help you, but they are certainly better than just letting this take its natural course of pleading to a lesser charge and still getting some points or being found guilty. I also think you will actually learn something additional as well....but that is really up to you.
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05-13-2011, 01:44 PM #30
Man up...grow a pair...pay the fine and hopefully learn from your mistake. It's not the end of the world and down the road it won't feel like such a big deal.
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