Got a speeding ticket in Pennsylvania on a recent trip. To me, it's just a game of cops and speeders. They do it to make money.
Cop: Do you know why i stopped you?
Me: Because i was speeding.
Cop: Why were you speeding?
Me: I'm on my way to a wedding.
Cop: I'll see what i can do for you.
~~interlude 15 minutes~~
Cop: You were going 83 in a 65, i knocked it down to 73.
So, stopping me for speeding is bad enough. The state has no interest is me not speeding. That'd probably get rid of half their budget or something. It's just a game. Then he made me wait 15 minutes, (which made me more determined to speed because of the even more lost time). Then he did me this "favor". They always do that. I don't think i have ever gotten a speeding ticket where they haven't done that!
So, how much is the fine? According to the citation:
So, i have to pay a fine, and nearly twice the fine in added fines. Now, if i fight the fine, that will be an extra $7. Not only that, i have to pay the fine in full, plus $7 to plead not guilty. I mean, come on. Isn't that what the "costs" are, that is, the court costs. So now i need to pay another $7 to use them?
This is ridiculous. Then again, so is a 65 speed limit in Pennsylvania along the 80. Those aren't cops, they are cashiers. And to think. I could have have mortgaged the house to use the PA turnpike, and then get tickets other cops. I wonder if those citations come in pink.