Carolina on my mind

Flight home went well, baggage took a while to get off the plane, got to the car, had a little difficulty paying the parking, and hit the road.

Tunes good, traffic good, settled in for a nice smooth ride home, and WAMMO!

Blue lights in the rear-view. Dammit.

I now have my first speeding ticket. $15 fine plus $100 in court costs. Damn.

Anyone know if/how a speeding ticket affects one’s insurance rates?

Anyway, got home, unpacked, and basically slept.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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6 Responses to Carolina on my mind

  1. meiow says:

    This shouldn’t be a big deal at all. If this really is your first, you can ask for a “Prayer for Judgement” which will get the ticket thrown out. You still have to pay court costs, but it is basically as if you never had a ticket at all. You can get one of these every 7 years in NC.

    Even if they won’t let you do that (which would be very strange), you can still have it reduced to below the amount the insurance companies care about. Insurance companies won’t raise your rate, in general, unless you’ve had 2 tickets within a 3 year period, or you were speeding over a certain amount.

    *glad I haven’t seen blue lights in my mirror for a long time*

  2. labrown says:

    A PJC isn’t quite “as if you never had a ticket at all”. If you get another ticket within a certain period of time than the PJC-ed ticket comes back to life and you deal with both.

    At least that is my understanding.

  3. beccaj says:


  4. spot says:

    Talk to Nathan Thomas. He is the master of “getting out of speeding tickets”.

  5. jay says:

    There is a law firm or two in downtown Raleigh that specialize in such things

  6. jay says:

    Just get a lawyer to go down there for you if you have to travel for work (as I did) and get the PFJ. You won’t have to see ANYTHING on your insurance unless you called the officer a complete fscking waste of tax dollars. The lawyer fee pays for itself in the first year vs. years of inflated rates. Really though, the lawyer saves you blowing a vacation day or having to make an excuse for missing a project day or other work related item.

    I had the same thing happen to me after a work trip… luckily an office mate gave me a great lawyer to call since he had used him 3 times that year ;-)

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