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Old 09-01-08, 07:26 PM   #1
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Be careful. Just paid $360 for Running a Red light

Man, nothing sucks more than forking over hard earned cash to the system for a stupid traffic ticket. No cars in sight so I ride through the red I'm a 1/2 mile down the road and a motorcycle cop signals for me to pull over and cites me for running the red. I couldn't believe it. I heard from a few other people that this guys has it out for fixed gear kids. I have tattoos up and down and I know he was just looking for a reason to pull me over. If you ride anywhere in Santa Ana or Anaheim watch out for cops. They're on the look out for cyclists. I thought about fighting it in court but If I took another day off work I'd probably get canned. Anyone else get any traffic tickets? Anyone fight it and win?
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Old 09-01-08, 07:31 PM   #2
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That sucks big time. I had a cop give me a friendly wave the other day, took me totally by surprise.
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I know he was just looking for a reason to pull me over.
Congratulations, you gave him one.
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Ooh, on a motorcycle. That's the worst. The speed of a car with the maneuverability of a bike.
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Old 09-01-08, 07:49 PM   #5
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I've been pulled over so many times on my bike that I don't carry my id and can't seem to remember my address or SSN when they ask me.bummer for them.
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Ooh, on a motorcycle. That's the worst. The speed of a car with the maneuverability of a bike.
no, those moped things the NYPD ride are the worst. Speed of a car, maneuverability of a bike, added embarrassment of being pulled over by a cop on moped.
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Old 09-01-08, 08:14 PM   #7
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I've been pulled over so many times on my bike that I don't carry my id and can't seem to remember my address or SSN when they ask me.bummer for them.

they can take you to jail for not carrying an id. happened to me once, had to spend the night.
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Old 09-01-08, 08:26 PM   #8
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damn, i got hit for the same in chicago about a month ago and only paid $25....
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Old 09-01-08, 09:19 PM   #9
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damn, i got hit for the same in chicago about a month ago and only paid $25....
Damn... I'm moving to Chicago.
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Old 09-01-08, 09:36 PM   #10
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Next time ride through the light backwards. I just stop. 'Get to spend more time on the bike then.
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Thanks for the warning. That really is a bummer of a fine.

I got pulled over almost in the same situation as you on morning. I told them that the light wouldn't turn for me because the sensor couldn't get triggered by my bike, and that I sat there for a long time and decided to go because no car was around. This was a little past 6 AM. He let me go and told me to be careful. (No dick broom, thank goodness.)
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Go to court, you'll probably get the fine reduced.
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Go to court, you'll probably get the fine reduced.
True. But it would have to be reduced to a sufficiently greater amount than the income you would lose for taking time off work to go to court, and all expenses incurred that day.
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Old 09-01-08, 10:34 PM   #14
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Go to court, you'll probably get the fine reduced.
That is, if you're willing to pony up some cash up front for the appeal (at least that's how it was in my situation). At the Cook County administrative pseudo-court I went to, they make you come up with $200 for the appeal, which is lost if you lose the appeal. And most people lose their appeals in situations like this, in my opinion. Maybe this is a Chicago-specific thing, though.
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Old 09-01-08, 10:35 PM   #15
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running sucks. if you'd been on your bike, they never would've caught you...
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wow. thats a hefty fine.

i know that they've been 'cracking' down on cyclists here due to more being around, but i certainly hope the fines aren't that bad.
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Old 09-01-08, 11:28 PM   #19
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thanks for the heads up. i ride in santa ana
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Old 09-01-08, 11:31 PM   #20
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You'll get a ding on the old record unless you do traffic school as well... (how do I know this...?)
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Old 09-01-08, 11:44 PM   #21
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wait..so they make you pay $200 to appeal?...that is crazy. It is like an added punishment for getting your right to a trial...
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i ran a stop sign the other day because i could see there was no one else there... but i don't run lights. i hope i don't get ticketed, i don't have any money to pay it.
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That's one advantage of living in a small town. I know all the cops and the city judge is a good friend of mine.
TN has a law that allows motorcylces to run red lights in certain cases, and I guess it would apply to bikes also. The traffic actuated lights are controlled by sensors that are not activated by a motorcycle or bicycle. The light will never change until a car pulls up beside you. At times of low traffic, a motorcycle is allowed to proceed, but still must stop at the light. I ususally try to cross a busy street by pressing the pedestrian button. Its fun watching all the cars stop to let my bike cross.
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they can take you to jail for not carrying an id. happened to me once, had to spend the night.
...well when the cuffs come out, you suddenly remember: 'o, wait, I DO have ID afterall....'
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So I was doing something illegal and now i'm *****ing about it because I got fined? Wow, go bikeforums!
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