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Old 01-16-2014, 01:21 PM   #21
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I know exactly where you mean and I agree it is kind of strange the limit is not higher since they widened the road. Was it the county or the GSP?

I ask because I have had luck before by calling the sherrif's office and politely asking them to give me a break and they did. I freely admitted to speeding but asked them to reconsider whether I had actually passed the sign changing 55 down to 45, because I kind of thought I might have been still in the 55 when he clocked me at 70. They were nice enough to change it for me, saving me some $$$.

I don't know if the situation is the same, but when they first opened the new 5 lane stretch of Houson Lake, it was 45 and they patrolled it like a hawk almost every day, still do. Then after about a year the signs changed to 55. Maybe just for the residents sake, to condition everyone they aren't going to tolerate higher speeds before they set the limit to the final number?


So bottom line is I think you might stand a chance of getting a break because I am pretty sure they are mostly in a "public education" mode for the benefit of the residents, who all lost half their yards due to the widening, as opposed to a real danger crackdown mode. Just trying to emphasize this new road is not a new speedway, although much improved. I drive that road at least once if not twice daily going to work and I see someone pulled over almost every day since it opened. So try giving them a call.
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I guess I never answered this, but this was a county sheriff.

Ok so I have court on Thursday on the speeding ticket. No luck calling the DA and working out a deal. Something that really bothers me is the day I go into court the speed limit gets raised to 50 mph. Is there more of a chance they will cut me a deal? I figured I would bring the newspaper article in about speed limit being raised.

I don't have enough time to take a dd class. I just started a job and about to get married.
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I guess I never answered this, but this was a county sheriff.

Ok so I have court on Thursday on the speeding ticket. No luck calling the DA and working out a deal. Something that really bothers me is the day I go into court the speed limit gets raised to 50 mph. Is there more of a chance they will cut me a deal? I figured I would bring the newspaper article in about speed limit being raised.

I don't have enough time to take a dd class. I just started a job and about to get married.
Isnt the class on line?
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:21 AM   #24
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I am pretty sure they law is that you have to go to a class in person. No online class are accepted. I will just keep everyone updated and see how it goes.

From what I gather small towns don't care about points just getting their money from the fine.
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I just looked it up, the drivers ed class is offered online in Georgia...

You should be able to find time in your busy schedule to complete the online class for about the same as the fine, or, pay the fine, and increased insurance premiums for several years....

I think I would opt for the online class no matter how busy I may be...
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http://www.dds.ga.gov/training/defen...ngschools.aspx

This is where I get that online defensive driving courses are not accepted. I am just going to go to court and hopefully catch a break. I don't have anything on my record. I have a defensive driving course already that I took at work and I thought about bringing that in. That was taken on 11/1/2012.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:12 AM   #27
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I guess I never answered this, but this was a county sheriff.

Ok so I have court on Thursday on the speeding ticket. No luck calling the DA and working out a deal. Something that really bothers me is the day I go into court the speed limit gets raised to 50 mph. Is there more of a chance they will cut me a deal? I figured I would bring the newspaper article in about speed limit being raised.

I don't have enough time to take a dd class. I just started a job and about to get married.

I would guess probably yes, the new limit might help your case. When I called them it was the sherrif's office and it was a day or so after the ticket, before it got sent over to the courthouse. The guy said he would take a look and probably lower it for me and he did. But that was 5 years ago or more.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:57 AM   #28
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in Pa you can send it in not guilty, and show up to a hearing. judge will ask the cop if he cut you a break, if not they will reduce it to failure to obey traffic device or something non moving violation.
^ This in PA

I was given a ticket in the mail for "failure to stop at red light" or something to that nature. The cop basically said I ran a red light... on a highway... doing 50+... and he wrote down my plate #. I got the one superman with long distance eyesight in the whole state...

Anyway I went down to magistrate at lunch break, paid the "not guilty" fee to have my day/time in front of the judge. You have to pay something when pleading not guilty for a hold.

The cop showed up as most do now, they make a day of it with all their tickets so as not to lose time (they still get paid for it, but at least they are getting efficient). and the judge asked a few questions, saw i had a clean record. He then asked the officer if he would be OK with no points and paying the rest of the court fees/lowered fine and the officer said sure.

Basically they either expect you to pay it out as guilty or at least show up to take responsibility. Unless they are complete asses most are cool with you paying up some fine and walking away a little wiser.
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I guess I never answered this, but this was a county sheriff.

Ok so I have court on Thursday on the speeding ticket. No luck calling the DA and working out a deal. Something that really bothers me is the day I go into court the speed limit gets raised to 50 mph. Is there more of a chance they will cut me a deal? I figured I would bring the newspaper article in about speed limit being raised.

I don't have enough time to take a dd class. I just started a job and about to get married.
Definitely take the paper but "at the time of the ticket" is going to be more important since that was the posted limit when you got the ticket.

Just like any fine print "subject to change without notice" goes for the state as well.
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Just so I make it clear that I don't mind paying the ticket. I was speeding its that simple. I just don't like that it will increase my insurance for the next so many years. Like all of you have said if you show up take responsibility for it and hopefully catch a break. I mean court is tomorrow I am going to just post on how it all went. I guess what I am more upset about I just feel like it was a speed trap and I got caught by it. Also being out of town I think it was an immediate ticket since normally people will just pay it and move on.
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Last time I got ticketed I found a lawyer that fixed it - it has been several years, I think I had to pay an equipment fine and lawyer - Like $100 all together.
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if the cop didnt cut you a brake on the ticket, I bet the judge will offer reduced ticket for disobeying traffic device= no points just a fine.
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if the cop didnt cut you a brake on the ticket, I bet the judge will offer reduced ticket for disobeying traffic device= no points just a fine.
I would probably bet money they will at least reduce it in court, so that no points go on the record. (That is unless you get this one "Judge Judy" magistrate lady but I think she was Warner Robins city court. She made me pay the full fine plus court fee just for an inadvertantly expired tag. I thought I could go in, show I paid the tags + late penalty and they would dismiss it. This was many years back)

I am familiar with the road the OP is talking about. They just recently widened it from 2 lane to five and then put up the the 40 signs. I am not 100% sure but I think it was 50 or so before the widening. It was planned to start with 40 for a couple months then relax to 50, because they have done other new construction the same way in the county.

They could have even issued the change when the OP got flagged, just hadn't gotten around to the signs. 10 or less over is usally not going to get you stopped around here, unless other road conditions dictate.
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Good to know because that is what I am hoping for. Some people have said that they can be hard a$$e$ and stick it to you. I have a clean record and just want to keep it that way. I made a mistake and if you are familiar with that road its easy to go faster than posted unless you are riding your brakes. Too be honest its one of the best roads I have been on.
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Good to know because that is what I am hoping for. Some people have said that they can be hard a$$e$ and stick it to you. I have a clean record and just want to keep it that way. I made a mistake and if you are familiar with that road its easy to go faster than posted unless you are riding your brakes. Too be honest its one of the best roads I have been on.

I definitely agree, I find myself absent-mindedly pushing 55+ at some point every day on it and I didn't even realize they had changed it to 50 already. Many are usually passing me too. I think one reason they've been monitoring it pretty heavy is the nearby high shool and teenage traffic as well.
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Just wanted to update everyone on the end results. I was amazed at how many people were there when I went up to the court. Anyways they did what everyone said. You go there in person they reduced it down to no points and I paid the fine and leave. This was 4 hours of being at the courthouse but no points. They also stated with it being reduced down so much it does not get reported to the state and I shouldn't have an increase in insurance. This is a big deal being only 25 and didnt want to pay a ton extra on insurance the rest of my life.
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yep, most of the time they only care about the money being paid. now don't get another one for a long time otherwise they will give you points

like I mentioned before they lump all of the tickets they give out into one day to make it easier on them to show up in court and cut down on time-waste
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