Originally Posted by Razmataz
That's my consensus too, Ken.
Well, with 40K miles this year alone, let's just say I've had plenty of "opportunities" to gather points.
Here in CA it used to be that traffic school was cheaper than the ticket, then you didn't have to pay the fine or take the points. Then some bureaucrat figured out they were losing money, so now you have to pay the fine and pay the traffic school, but they'll still dismiss the points. Now you can do the class online, but it still adds up to a lot of cash.
I got pulled a while back on a local street, in the 35 mph section right before it upped to 50 mph. Nice LEO on an RT-P who was very interested in my GT for almost 20 minutes.
When I got the paperwork in the mail, the fine was $350
so I went to court and got a trial date. The LEO showed, a little annoyed that I had gone to court even though he had "cut me a break" and he was well prepared so I was basically done for. When I told him the fine was $350 even the LEO was surprised.
My case was delayed until after lunch and the LEO and I had a nice chat while waiting to go back in. When the judge called us forward, the LEO simply said he was dropping the ticket. He did warn me that he patrols that section of road a lot (big city money maker), but he let me off. Whew.