Alarmed in Aurora

Dear Jim,

In over 40 years of driving, I was so proud to have never even been pulled over by a police officer. I had never been involved in a car accident, gotten a traffic ticket, nothing. I was the epitome of safe driving. I never drank alcohol and drove; I always came to a complete stop at stop signs; I never drove more than five miles per hour over the speed limit; I always wore my seatbelt when driving. 

But one day last week, it was a beautiful day out here in Aurora. It’s springtime and I had the windows rolled all the way down. I was driving near these big, open farm fields on my way to my daughter’s house to celebrate my grandson’s first birthday party, and I was listening to my favorite pop song, “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake on the radio.

Suddenly, this police officer is speeding up behind me with his flashing lights and pulls me over. So now I’m feeling very nervous. There weren’t any other cars on the road, but somehow I was driving 15 mph over the 40 mph speed limit. 

I thought for sure the police officer would just give me a warning since I’ve always been such a good driver, but instead he wrote me a $500 ticket for reckless driving! I’m on social security and I don’t have that kind of money to spend. What do you think I should do?

Thanks,

Alarmed in Aurora

 

Dear Alarmed,

I must say, I am quite proud of you for going over 40 years without having ever been pulled over or issued a traffic citation. With that being said, given the information you have provided me, I believe that the police officer was out of line in having issued you such a huge ticket. It doesn’t sound to me like you were driving recklessly. Have you considered reaching out to an Aurora speeding ticket lawyer to fight the ticket? I wouldn’t just pay the fine and move on with your life since the ticket is so high. 

If you pay it, you’re basically accepting guilt and this could cause your auto insurance to skyrocket when it’s time to renew your policy. Better to be safe than sorry and fight this ticket, especially given your impeccable driving record. Keep us posted; I’m curious to know what happens for you next!

 

Take care,

Jim