I support law enforcement, I really do. I drive the speed limit. I try to be a courteous driver. I had a spotless driving record, until now!
About a month ago I got pulled over about two miles from my home. The particular street I was on is about two miles long and has one 3-way stop. It was a Friday evening about 7pm and I was going the speed limit. I was stunned when I was pulled over and could not think of what I had done wrong. The officer informed me that I had not come to a complete stop at the 3-way stop. I WAS SHOCKED!
1. I drive through that intersection several times a day and yes, many people do not make a complete stop and this irritates me, so I always stop!
2. I came to a complete stop at that intersection and did not notice a police officer.
3. Said police office pulled me over 1 mile after the stop sign.
The officer took my license, car insurance and vehicle registration and went to his car. He came back five minutes later with a TICKET! He actually said "I saw that your record was clean, but I am going to have to issue you a citation." At that point, I actually burst into tears. This is only my second ticket in my life! The first one being 6 years ago for going 5 miles over the speed limit on a back road, and that isn't even on my record anymore. I was so mad!
Well, I got even more upset today when I went online to check the status of my ticket and found that the fine is $120.00! I will be going to traffic court on April 8th. I've never been and I have no clue what to say. Obviously, I plead "not guilty", but I have no clue after that. Has anyone ever been there before? Does anyone know what to do? Help me out here!
By the way, this ticket has done wonders for my O.C.D. Oh yes, when I reach a stop sign now I count "one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand." I cannot tell you how many cars honk at me! My own very law abiding Uncle Fred was behind me one day and he blew his horn too!