I hate Mondays! If this particular day could be wiped off of the calendar, I think life would be much better for everyone.
But, as luck would have it, Monday still exists …
I turned out of my apartment complex onto a road that intersects two school zones. I was barely in the school zone in front of a high school when I noticed a cop standing outside of his car with a radar gun.
I quickly dropped my eyes to my speedometer. I had already picked up enough speed to be at 35 mph. As I tried to slow down, I watched the cop’s reaction to the reading he got from my car. He definitely saw me, because he started running to get into his car.
I could see the cop making his way towards me. I stopped for the yellow light. He pulled up behind me in the turning lane. The traffic light was now red. To my surprise, there were no lights flashing on the police car. I breathed a sigh of relief, assuming that he just wanted to scare me.
As soon as the light turned green, I turned onto Highway 98. I see the lights. He is pulling me over.
In my efforts to pull over quickly, I cross all lanes of traffic to make a right turn into the Waffle House. I double park and stop to allow the officer to approach me.
The cop walks up to the window. I quickly hand him my license. He tells me I was speeding. Of course, I already knew that. I try to tell him that I slowed down when I saw him, but I guess that was a bad thing to say. He probably thinks that I would have continued traveling at 35 mph had I not seen him, which sadly, I probably would have.
Another stupid ticket …
As expected, 15 minutes later the cop returns to my car and tells me he wrote me a ticket and asks me to sign for it. He tells me that he did me a favor and only wrote me up for speeding when he really could have written me up for speeding in a school zone. He tells me my ticket is $80, but it would have been $300+.
I grabbed the ticket from him and shoved it in my dash. The cop hesitated. He was waiting for a reply. Did he really expect me to thank him for writing me a ticket? Reluctantly, I mumble, “Thank you. I appreciate it. Have a good day.”
Obsidian, Obsidian, Obsidian … your driving privileges are about to be revoked. You need to straighten up. Who makes a car without cruise control anyway?
This makes the fourth ticket I have received since I moved to Florida a little more than two years ago. Four tickets! I did not even have that many on my record in the 10 years I was driving before that. Luckily, one of the tickets did not go against my record due to driving school.
How many tickets does it take to get me locked away?
The painful reality is that I am very close to getting my license suspended. I think that my first ticket fell outside of the year mark, and I am pretty sure that it falls outside of the 18-month mark. The other three I am going to have to check on, but I know I was traveling more than 15 mph over the speed limit in at least two of them.
The point system in Florida is as follows:
– Less than 15 mph over the speed limit – 3 points
– More than 15 mph over the speed limit – 4 points
– Speeding resulting in a crash – 6 points
The suspension system in Florida is as follows:
– 12 points earned within 12 months results in a 30-day suspension.
– 18 points earned within 18 months results in a 3-month suspension.
– 24 points earned within 36 months results in a 12-month suspension.
Preventing another ticket …
I am going to lose my rights to drive if I do not do something fast. I never had this problem when I had cruise control on my car. So, the way I see it now is I only have two choices.
1. Sell my car and buy one with cruise control (car is now paid off, so this could be done easily).
2. Find a mechanic who can add cruise control to my car (this could be costly … I have to look into it).
I will definitely say that this started my Monday off on the right foot. I absolutely love Monday!