Beware of the hidden charges in your traffic tickets!
Just the other day a police officer stopped my vehicle as the inspection sticker had expired. Now, I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that I did not make an appointment to get the inspection done and it serves me right that I was caught.
Well, I did get caught but the reason I did not have my inspection sticker was because I didn’t have my registration card with me when I arrived at my appointment to get my car inspected. That got left at home and I only had the temporary proof that I paid for the registration update.
You have to have the rectangular registration card with you that is encoded with the barcode, otherwise the inspection machine will not turn on.
I did not think much of it until the police officer walked away and I saw the fine.
At first, I thought $25 was reasonable for getting “caught” driving around with an expired sticker.
Then I saw that the total amount due was over 4 times the amount of the fine!
When I inquired about it the receptionist at the police station stated that by state law, there had been fines attached to the ticket to help pay for various state programs. These additional costs included a Judicial Computer Project, Emergency Medical Services, Reduction of Costs for Medical Care for uninsured car accident victims and other fees.
The woman on the other end of the phone stated that the fines had been in effect for over 10 years. At that point I was not sure if I was thankful or not that I had not had a traffic violation for all that time. The sting of the ticket amount was bigger than the fact I had been a good driver https://cite4me.org/plagiarism-checker/.
Of course, I could have pleaded “not guilty” and sent in $50 to cover court costs, lose a day of work and maybe recover my bruised ego if the judge let me go. The next day I had my car inspected.
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