Ticket from plane on PCH..any tips?

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  1. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    In CA, we can only do traffic school once every 18 months.

    It will cost you a few hundred bucks, and a raise of insurance.
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  2. mikerd400

    mikerd400 Long timer

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    If you are eligible, you may take traffic school. If you opt to go to court, both officers must show up. I will tell you all CHP aircraft have video, and almost always record the violation.
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  3. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I got stopped both ways last year going to MotoGP in Monterey (RR in my sig). Second stop was a ticket for 9 over (was doing 20 over by radar), cop was nice to the old man on a new bike so I could do traffic school. Cost me $287 for the fine, plus $65 to go to traffic school, plus $25 for the online class I completed in about an hour. The old classroom BS is just that.

    Anyway, I called my insurance agent and it would have raised my rates over 3 years equaling about 3 times the amount of the fine. So it was worth it to keep it off.

    Now this damn trip is coming up again in two weeks. Guess I'll have to keep it no more than 10 over. :cry
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  4. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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    I beat a CHP aircraft speeding tkt some years back. I subpoenaed the officer that pulled me over and the helicopter spotter and her tally sheet. The officer on the ground was worthless as he only reacted to the spotter's choice and had no idea how fast I was going. Luckily for me, the spotter had been out of the academy for just seven months and had never worked the street. In addition, her tally sheet showed that she had notified three CHP cars below of three speeders all at the same time. She couldn't determine which car of the three was mine or how fast she thought I was going. Felt great walking out of court with a not guilty verdict!
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  5. Off Limits

    Off Limits Banned

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    So the guy in the plane will say he saw a speeder. But the guy who wrote you a ticket said crossing the double yellow. Sounds like you can't lose.
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  6. Yellowdatsun

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    I got a ticket in SoCal a couple years ago, and was able to do traffic school, on the internet, and I live in Arizona. So I don't know why you wouldn't be able to do it from NorCal.
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  7. itsatdm

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    He can't go to school because he has already used up his school option for the year. That the plane alerted the cop to a speeder is irrelevant. He wasn't cited for speeding, he was cited for crossing the yellow by the cop that wrote the ticket. I presume he saw it, maybe it is on video tape.

    As far as postponing this for ever, in the hope the cop does not show up, it won't work. Without attorney representation, you only get one postponement. Cops like court time, part of the job if on duty, overtime with a minimum number of hours guaranteed, if off duty.
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  8. Ol Man

    Ol Man Been here awhile

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    You screwed up and know it. Pay the fine and move on.
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  9. slidewayes

    slidewayes slidewayes

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    is video from the aircraft good enuf to show your tag numbers?
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  10. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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    Only repeatable every 18 months.
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  11. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    ding ding ding.
    Fine for crossing on double yellow isn't really that bad (I speak from experience), that insurance hit will probably hurt though. Maybe back off a bit for the next 18 months? The idea of spending more than a grand on ticket and insurance premiums for the privilege of passing someone on the double yellow makes me think twice about doing that in the bay area. . . . on the lonely backroads of the northern reaches of the state, maybe not.
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  12. AngryScot

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    That is a woooo'man by the way :D (cute too :wink:)

    You going too fast and over the double yellow? NEVER! :poser

    good luck!
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  13. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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    Nearly $300 isn't 'that bad'? You did see my earlier post? Revenuers!!!!!!!
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  14. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    Welcome to california. Last speeding ticket I got, about 5 years ago, came to almost $500 after paying for traffic school (16 over, near tahoe). So nearly $300 is not that bad, I was expecting crossing the double yellow to be worse than a speeding ticket.
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  15. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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    There oughta be a law that if there's a quarter mile of clear road ahead that double yellows or not, a motorcycle should be allowed to pass. It only takes a few seconds and wouldn't scare the citizens either. Everyone's allowed to pass slow farm equipment if safe...
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  16. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    The officer in the plane no doubt saw the double yellow violation and can testify to that as well as the speed.

    You can try a trial by declaration (i.e. by mail). Some attorneys try that first and if the client is found guilty, ask for and get a court trial after that. However, in the instances I've seen, the trial is moved from the traffic court and the judges in the regular criminal courts have not appeared to enjoy the interuption of their criminal calendar for a "mere" traffic case.
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  17. RocknTroll

    RocknTroll Been here awhile

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    Just a thought but if ya had a GPS on ya might do a print of yer speed leading up to the "Incident" if you were following awhile doing 25 when ever a turn came up, or not :lol3
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  18. K. L. Rocket

    K. L. Rocket Big bouncy make big happy

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    How will that help?

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  19. RocknTroll

    RocknTroll Been here awhile

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    Got stuck behind 3 campers & motorhomes coming through the Feather River canyon avg. 38 mph for @ 15 miles. Got a chance to pass and hit 73mph passing just as a CHP came the other way and got tagged. Doing 55 to 60 for the next 20 miles got "stuck" behind a chip truck coming to the bridge, no CB there :lol3 and got popped for 14 over.


    I'm sure replacing the wheel bearings, brakes & rotors on all four wheels, knew I was fooked when all I saw was smoke coming form all 4 wheel wheels in the mirrors when pulled over, wouldn't make up for the $175 from the " Safety Warning" I got :lol3:lol3:lol3

    Didn't find out bout this feature on the GPS till later
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  20. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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    Not one little bit...
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