No matter how hard one tries to save money, unexpected things happen. The other day, I was driving to work and I was lucky enough to receive a traffic ticket.
I was at an intersection making a left turn, and the left arrow had just disappeared. There was still a green light, but according to traffic law, I should have yielded to oncoming traffic. To be fair, it was a quite large intersection and there was more than enough time for me to make the left turn before the oncoming cars would come close to meeting me. I followed the car in front of me who also turned after the green arrow was gone.
As it happened, a police officer happened to be near the intersection. He pulled up next to me after I made my turn and motioned for me to pull over to the side. I let him pass and he also pulled over the car in front of me. This worked out well for the town’s police force; they managed to grab two cars with the same stop.
He could have given me a ticket with points on my insurance, but the officer was “nice.” He awarded me a ticket with no insurance points. Thankfully, I won’t be paying for this ticket for years thanks to an increased insurance premium and a surcharge to the state for the points.
Yet, I still had to pay $56. That includes a $2 “convenience fee” for the privilege of paying online with a credit card rather than finding time to stop by the municipal court. I guess I’ve never really had “good luck” with cars.
Updated September 28, 2007 and originally published March 13, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.