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Posted: 8/22/2017 9:23:05 AM EST
I got a ticket for speeding in a school zone this morning. I was going 55 which is the normal speed limit, but lights were flashing indicating school zone and reduced 35 mph speed limit. It's bad enough getting a ticket, but damn, school doesn't even start till next week. This kinda feels more like a money making scheme for the State rather than protecting children who weren't even present at the time...
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:24:34 AM EST
Contest ticket. Take school schedule to court.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:25:13 AM EST
Have you perhaps given thought to the fact that schools often have early registration, open houses, meet your teacher events?

Good ticket, sounds like.

Just out of curiosity, how much is that going to set you back in thousands? Ouch
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:25:19 AM EST
Even I know if the lights are flashing you slow down even if there are no kids. Funny how laws work.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:26:39 AM EST
Are summer sessions still underway in your towns?
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:27:30 AM EST
Originally Posted By ar15cpa:
...children who weren't even present at the time...
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You have no idea if children are present or not. As somebody else said, there is the possibility of early registration, open houses, athletics, etc.

Slow down.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:28:16 AM EST
Pay your fine, citizen.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:28:18 AM EST
You're saying that you saw the flashing lights and ignored them?
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:28:36 AM EST
In AL, if the lights were flashing you'd end up paying the ticket. Especially the week or two before school starts, there would be a lot of teacher and student activity at the school so many districts go ahead and flip the switch for the school zone.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:28:46 AM EST
Pick up a jar of vasaline so it won't hurt to much when your insurance company fucks you too
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:28:54 AM EST
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Originally Posted By AT7:
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Doesn't matter, it's still a school zone.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:29:03 AM EST
You got a ticket for not obeying a traffic sign.

It has nothing to do with the school's schedule.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:30:28 AM EST
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Originally Posted By AT7:
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And then enjoy losing while the judge does this:

Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:31:24 AM EST
I'd call bullshit ticket. Around here they have those things flashing on weekends and holidays at random because someone didn't select the timer off button. Something is afuck. Court
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:31:54 AM EST
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Originally Posted By KwaiChangCaine:
You're saying that you saw the flashing lights and ignored them?
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No, just wasn't paying attention. Hell, there mighta been kids running around too; who knows.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:32:05 AM EST
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Originally Posted By aquaman67:
You got a ticket for not obeying a traffic sign.

It has nothing to do with the school's schedule.
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SHHH! C'mon now, it's going to be funny watching all the GD legal scholars pony up in support of OP's argument.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:32:45 AM EST
Originally Posted By ar15cpa:
I got a ticket for speeding in a school zone this morning. I was going 55 which is the normal speed limit, but lights were flashing indicating school zone and reduced 35 mph speed limit. It's bad enough getting a ticket, but damn, school doesn't even start till next week. This kinda feels more like a money making scheme for the State rather than protecting children who weren't even present at the time...
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You ain't gettin' out of that.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:33:03 AM EST
You must obey traffic signs, period.

Did the sign say, "Disregard this sign if school is not in" ?

No, it said "35MPH when light is flashing".
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:33:47 AM EST
Not guilty

Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:33:49 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 6winchester2:
And then enjoy losing while the judge does this:

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Originally Posted By 6winchester2:
Originally Posted By AT7:
Contest ticket. Take school schedule to court.
And then enjoy losing while the judge does this:

Exactly. I'll just pay it. Deferred adjudication if possible.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:34:04 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Squatch:


You have no idea if children are present or not. As somebody else said, there is the possibility of early registration, open houses, athletics, etc.

Slow down.
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Originally Posted By Squatch:
Originally Posted By ar15cpa:
...children who weren't even present at the time...


You have no idea if children are present or not. As somebody else said, there is the possibility of early registration, open houses, athletics, etc.

Slow down.
yes he does he is equipped with Mark 1 eyeball
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:34:18 AM EST
Gather your evidence and contest it.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:34:19 AM EST
Lights were flashing, school zone was active.

You're gonna write a check
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:35:02 AM EST
Here you go, OP. Get this down pat and you may walk............

Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:35:09 AM EST
It's not like the school sits empty all summer until the 1st day of school  ;)
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:35:30 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Mopseydocks6014:
Gather your evidence and contest it.
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What (ahem) "evidence" are you recommending he gather?
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:35:35 AM EST
pay your ticket and learn how to drive
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:35:39 AM EST
The cop was just doing his job to protect and serve.
The kids got protected and you got served.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:36:03 AM EST
Guilty. Pay up.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:36:04 AM EST
We have been programmed to just obey, and never question.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:36:42 AM EST
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Originally Posted By xenophon21:
It's not like the school sits empty all summer until the 1st day of school  ;)
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Again...SHHHHH! Quit with that logic! This thread is going places!
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:36:57 AM EST
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Originally Posted By BURN:
yes he does he is equipped with Mark 1 eyeball
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Originally Posted By Squatch:
Originally Posted By ar15cpa:
...children who weren't even present at the time...


You have no idea if children are present or not. As somebody else said, there is the possibility of early registration, open houses, athletics, etc.

Slow down.
yes he does he is equipped with Mark 1 eyeball
"No, just wasn't paying attention. Hell, there mighta been kids running around too; who knows."
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:37:21 AM EST
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Originally Posted By ar15cpa:
No, just wasn't paying attention. Hell, there mighta been kids running around too; who knows.
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Originally Posted By KwaiChangCaine:
You're saying that you saw the flashing lights and ignored them?
No, just wasn't paying attention. Hell, there mighta been kids running around too; who knows.
I vote guilty. Fucking '17'ers.

Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:38:55 AM EST
Good ticket
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:39:24 AM EST
I see a lot of people in my area of Texas speeding in school zones. Typically the same drivers every day. I always hope a child or family walking to school won't have to be run over for the speeder to learn a lesson. OP, I am not trying to be an ass but you earned that ticket. Perhaps consider this a wake up call before you had to learn the hard way? Please don't speed in a school zone when the light is flashing.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:39:38 AM EST
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:40:15 AM EST
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Originally Posted By ar15cpa:


No, just wasn't paying attention. Hell, there mighta been kids running around too; who knows.
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Make sure you tell that to the judge too. It will work wonders....
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:41:17 AM EST
I got a ticket for "passing" a school bus that was on the other side of a 4 lane (5 counting turn) highway.

I was pretty pissed. The cop told me kids don't cross the highway, but if there isn't a divider in the median everyone has to stop.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:41:33 AM EST
Originally Posted By PhiPhiSix:
We have been programmed to just obey, and never question.
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Okay Patrick Henry, best of luck with your courtroom outcome on that whole "questioning a traffic control device in a school zone" thing.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:42:31 AM EST
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Originally Posted By ar15cpa:
No, just wasn't paying attention. Hell, there mighta been kids running around too; who knows.
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Originally Posted By ar15cpa:
Originally Posted By KwaiChangCaine:
You're saying that you saw the flashing lights and ignored them?
No, just wasn't paying attention. Hell, there mighta been kids running around too; who knows.
At least you're honest.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:42:35 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Mopseydocks6014:
Gather your evidence and contest it.
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Evidence? OP already incriminated himself twice in this thread.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:43:18 AM EST
School zone speeding tickets are such a joke. They don't even let kids walk to school around here anymore. I've seen kids standing a block from the school, waiting on the bus to pick them up. Also, some of the schools with "school zone" signs sit 1/4 mile back from the road or are actually located on the side streets coming off of the main roads where the signs are. Fucking retarded.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:43:29 AM EST
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lights were flashing

got a seat belt ticket while the copper was writing the ticket two school buses full of kids with no seat belts for any of them or the bus driver
and then a caravan of party buses headed for the casino went by...no seat belts on them or the drivers either and people were up walking around
with drinks in their hands...

spell the straw in strawberry
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:43:40 AM EST
If the school zone light was flashing, you're pretty much SOL.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:44:41 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Squatch:
Originally Posted By ar15cpa:
...children who weren't even present at the time...


You have no idea if children are present or not. As somebody else said, there is the possibility of early registration, open houses, athletics, etc.

Slow down.
yes he does he is equipped with Mark 1 eyeball
"No, just wasn't paying attention. Hell, there mighta been kids running around too; who knows."
The person that was there knows...and so does the cop....


and I am pretty sure that was sarcasm...but maybe I'm wrong...
Most of the tickets I wrote were school zone violations...but kids were always around
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:45:53 AM EST
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What (ahem) "evidence" are you recommending he gather?
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Originally Posted By Mopseydocks6014:
Gather your evidence and contest it.
What (ahem) "evidence" are you recommending he gather?
School schedule and the like.  Even if it flashing, it'll get thrown out here if school is going on.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:46:39 AM EST
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Originally Posted By APBullet:
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This! In my state passing a stopped school bus is 4 points (a lot). I am not sure but I bet that would be just as bad as politicians don't like smushed kids.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:48:31 AM EST
I'd at least hire a traffic attorney and tell them the situation. They almost never get a worse result than you will and chances are they'll get a better result.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:48:44 AM EST
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Originally Posted By IceStationZebra:
Have you perhaps given thought to the fact that schools often have early registration, open houses, meet your teacher events?

Good ticket, sounds like.

Just out of curiosity, how much is that going to set you back in thousands? Ouch
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Local, ordinance only applies on "School days" but the signs sometimes blink on non school days.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:49:15 AM EST
I got threatened with 7 tickets for passing 7 stopped school busses with their lights on. They were pulled over waiting load kids for a field trip. No kids were out of school buildings at the time.

I was driving less than 25mph.

I asked what my option was, I was told to wait until lights went off. I asked when that was. 20...30....minutes?

The dude got pissed and told me to drive away. I said past the remaining school busses??? He said yes....I was like WTF!!!!

I'd take the school schedule to court.

If kids are in the intersection but you have a green light does that mean the light trumps all and you run the kids over????
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 9:49:21 AM EST
What did the sign say.. when flashing, when students are present, a time? We had one I was always half hoping to get pulled over at... Had a stated time but the had it going at other times.. think I would have won that one.
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