My Dumbest Traffic Ticket

Started off my day today by getting the world's dumbest traffic ticket.  I got a ticket for "improper position making a right turn".  Huh?  The cop pulled me over, and asked me if I knew why he was pulling me over, and I said "I have no idea".  At the previous intersection, the two lane road has a very brief dedicated right turn lane.  The officer argued that I did not get all the way over into that lane before I turned right.  You have got to be kidding me - he must be behind in his quota for this month.  Ironically, he issued me the ticket while I was sitting in the very parking lot that my car was broken into 3 months earlier, a crime the police did not lift a finger to investigate.

Look, I am no virgin here.  You could probably nail me for speeding on any given day.  But "improper position making a right turn??"

  • http://unrepentantindividual.com/ Brad Warbiany

    I've been ticketed twice for "Illegal squealing of tires".

    I once got a fix-it ticket for "no license plate illumination light". I was seventeen or eighteen, cruising through sleepy Wheaton, Illinois on a saturday night, blasting Pink Floyd out my big stereo in my Ford Escort. I went past a known speed trap at the speed limit, got 300 yards past the cop, and he came out after me. Hassled me a little bit, and wrote me a fix-it ticket because the light above my license plate wasn't working. Utter BS, just looking for a reason to pull me over.

  • http://hammeroftruth.com/ Stephen VanDyke

    I've had my share of speeding tickets too and know when I'm boned and when it's bullshit. My favorite bullshit ticket was one in L.A. for failure to yeild when making a left at a light. The kickers is that it was him I failed to yeild to (it was night and I couldn't tell). Of course, it was hard to swallow that load of crap since he was 700 or so feet away, but doing 80 in a 45 without his flashing lights on.

    I was belligerant on that one, nearly ended up going to jail because I asked to have the ticket transfered to the county seat right there and when he declined I wrote that fact below my signature. Apparently that is called "defacing a ticket," haha.

  • http://ufo0l.blogspot.com Andy

    I would just go to court to contest. High likelihood that they will either drop the ticket or offer a settlement...

  • Matt Walters

    Going to court seems to be the best way in most states. I've gotten out of a speeding ticket that way in the past.

    I think someone needs to do a proposition (in a state that has them) to raise the speed limit on all roads in a given state by 20mph. I don't understand why we put up with rediculously low speed limits when almost everyone speeds.

  • Max Lybbert

    If it makes you feel better, the Washington Post recently wrote about Supreme Court nominee Judge Roberts:

    "When Fielding asked him about a traffic court appearance noted in his schedule, Roberts wrote a one-page memo, saying he was cited in an accident for the 'laughable catch-all charge' of failure to devote full time and attention" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/19/AR2005081901609_pf.html look at the last paragraph).

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    Fight it! What was the statute you were charged under? Does the prosecution have to prove a someones safety was in jepordy?

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