So when I said I wanted to go back to school, I hadn't even considered the option of traffic school. Little did I know all I had to do was fly down a street at 16 mph over the speed limit and I could reserve myself a seat at the front of the class.
The truth is, I'm not much of a speed racer. I maybe go a couple miles per hour over the speed limit, but I don't really speed. I have received three speeding tickets prior to this one...all of which took place during my college years. Ticket free since 2003. (Or maybe it was 2002, but 2003 was when I left Logan. Besides, 2003 rhymes.) Yes, not one ticket in Ohio.
I really hate getting speeding tickets. Three tickets in Logan was enough to teach me a lesson. Not because I feel unsafe speeding, but nothing irritates me more than wasting money. I can think of a million other ways I would rather be spending $50 (or whatever the fine is). It is a totally preventable waste of money.
This time I was really ticked off. There is a street here that starts out at 45 mph and changes to 30 mph a little ways down. Well when I first moved here, I thought it was 45 down the whole street. It was a month or so before I realized it changed to 30. So I've had a hard time getting it into my head that the speed limit changes and I have a serious problem on this road.
So on Friday (on my way to the temple of all places), I am flying down the road and I see a police officer standing in the middle of the street motioning me to turn down another road. I assumed he was closing the road for something, so I turned and started to keep driving. He motioned to me to pull over. I had no idea he was about to give me a ticket. The 30 mph sign is at the top of a small hill and he pulled me over at the bottom...maybe 20 yards away from the sign... maybe not even. I have no idea where he tracked me going 46mph, but the sign is seriously in a bad place. What did he expect? Should I have slammed on my brakes on a down hill?
I suppose I could try to fight the ticket, but I probably won't. The truth is, if he had caught me further away from the 30 mph sign, I would have still been going 46. Now I have to decide If I think it's worth it to attend traffic school. This is rotten.