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Traffic ticket for talking on the phone

 
br1k
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So today my wife got a ticket for talking on the phone while driving (except of course she was standing in a traffic jam in Red Hook). It requires paying a fine - but the cop didn't tell her what the fine is. Does anyone know?

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Topic starter Posted : March 20, 2010 12:46 am
STXBob
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There's probably a phone number on the back of the ticket that you can call to ask.

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Posted : March 20, 2010 12:52 am
br1k
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There probably is but I figured perhaps someone around here has a quick answer.

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Topic starter Posted : March 20, 2010 12:56 am
STXBob
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Driving without a seatbelt is $50. Maybe it's in that ballpark.

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Posted : March 20, 2010 1:14 am
poorthang
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I got one of those $50.00 seat belt fines two years ago and NEVER paid it...... I am banking on the ineffiency of this stupid govt' to keep records straight... do you think I'm on the ten most wanted list by now ????? come and get me coppppeerrrr !!!!:P

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Posted : March 20, 2010 1:23 am
roadrunner
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Seems like it would be easier to just obey the law....

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Posted : March 20, 2010 1:50 am
Edward
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Citations for violating the motor vehicle code must show the section of the code alleged to have been violated. Does the ticket show such a section?

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Posted : March 20, 2010 3:23 am
pamela
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I think the $50 range is correct. And no you are not on the ten most wanted list but the ticket will show up as a lien to be paid when/if you sell the car.

Pamela

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Posted : March 20, 2010 10:22 am
lc98
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Sadly, poorthang is right -- a lot of times for tickets like seatbelt and cell phone violations, it's not worth the officer's time to actually file paperwork on the ticket. And we wonder why the VI government is so broke....

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Posted : March 20, 2010 10:24 am
chefnoah
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I had a buddy that got a DUI along with a few other infractions and when his court date came up, the cop never showed.
It would have been a lump of fines but the case was thrown out.

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Posted : March 20, 2010 11:05 am
Tippi
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I heard the fine on the phone is 75.00. When you find out please post it here.

Thanks

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Posted : March 20, 2010 11:58 am
br1k
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Curious info about the lien - how do they know what car it is (assuming the car is not in the driver's name, as the case may be)?

My wife will go pay on Monday - and I'll post the fine amount here. I am pretty sure we are not interested in going to court. The territory needs money, and it probably won't do them any good to fine all those locals driving around with open beer cans in one hand, so we are glad to do our small part.

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Topic starter Posted : March 20, 2010 2:26 pm
pamela
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According to my information the lien goes against the car regardless of the driver.

Open containers are legal, BTW.

Pamela

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Posted : March 20, 2010 2:48 pm
br1k
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According to my information the lien goes against the car regardless of the driver.

ah, smart - where else but here. I guess I shouldn't give my car to someone else to drive. Good point.

Open containers are legal, BTW.

Pamela

Are drunk drivers legal? 🙂 I suppose just holding an open can of beer while driving isn't really a sign one is drinking from a can 🙂

I am not really offended by "selective enforcement" - I am well aware of how it works around here. There is, however, no need to try and bring "legal reasoning" as to why it is "correct". It is just the way things are done here.

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Topic starter Posted : March 20, 2010 3:06 pm
STXBob
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I believe that drinking and driving are legal here, but drunk driving is illegal.

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Posted : March 20, 2010 3:37 pm
terry
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My ticket was $50 for first offense. Was told $100 for any others.

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Posted : March 20, 2010 5:20 pm
cresentpoint
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Just an FYI for your wife. To pay a fine at the court house make sure she wears a shirt with sleeves and no flip flops. I went to pay a traffic fine in March 2009 and had to plead with the guard at the metal detector to allow me in because I was wearing flip flops and a tank top. He informed me that there was a "dress code" for the entire court house...flip flops and tank tops are not allowed. Also, I tried calling the number on the back of the ticket left four messages never received a call back.

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Posted : March 22, 2010 12:58 am
STXBob
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Shorts (or "short pants" as they're called here) are also prohibited when getting your driver's license. That's what the sign says, but they let me in without a word.

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Posted : March 22, 2010 9:36 am
br1k
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The fine was $50.

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Topic starter Posted : March 22, 2010 1:31 pm
Exit Zero
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Keep the receipt with your registration - you may well need it at window 1 when you go for inspection and they say 'you have an unpaid ticket'.

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Posted : March 22, 2010 9:15 pm
br1k
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Keep the receipt with your registration - you may well need it at window 1 when you go for inspection and they say 'you have an unpaid ticket'.

Yep, sure will.

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Topic starter Posted : March 23, 2010 1:33 am
terry
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Had no trouble getting in with my flip flops.

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Posted : March 23, 2010 10:28 am
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