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Old 02-25-2021, 09:48 PM   #61
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If you go to a courthouse to fight the ticket, you'll probably at least get a pity reduction, just explain that you think the ticket is too expensive for someone in your situation and that you think the officer was egregious in how they decided to enforce the law. Could save you 50% if not thrown out.
You also can get more time to pay by going down to the court house and explaining yourself.
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Old 02-25-2021, 10:13 PM   #62
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If you go to a courthouse to fight the ticket, you'll probably at least get a pity reduction, just explain that you think the ticket is too expensive for someone in your situation and that you think the officer was egregious in how they decided to enforce the law. Could save you 50% if not thrown out.
This. If you have the time. My mom gets red light tickets (several, over the years) reduced by at least half by going to the courthouse. But she's over 80 and says she's on a pension and so very sorry - YMMV.

Also, if you have a dashcam - maybe the double yellow lines were not so obvious due to snow or glare. It might be worthwhile to check the recording.
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If you go to a courthouse to fight the ticket, you'll probably at least get a pity reduction, just explain that you think the ticket is too expensive for someone in your situation and that you think the officer was egregious in how they decided to enforce the law. Could save you 50% if not thrown out.
Yeah, I would say if it is a non-speeding, or nothing overly reckless or endangering, go to the court house and explain. Both times I tried, I had the ticket reduced.

If it isn't out of your way, it's worth the effort. The worst that happens is they say no.

I went to traffic court in Lethbridge before and the judge wasn't having pity on anyone, so I would avoid that. Except for when Lethbridge's racism was fully on display. There were about 15-20 natives there fighting j-walking tickets. The first couple were called up, and said that they were ticketed for crossing downtown near the bus station. People j-way there all day long, white and brown. The judge let them off and asked who else was there for j-walking, and all the natives put the hands up and the judge told them to go home and lambasted the police officer in court who handed out all the tickets.
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Old 02-26-2021, 05:13 PM   #64
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Y'all i already posted about this, but the counters are not currently open due to COVID, and the email lines do NOT take kindly to asking to discuss reduction.
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:38 AM   #65
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This might be a great opportunity to discuss anger management techniques and strategies.

What should one do when things get hot and control is fading fast?

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Really the best coping mechanism I can think of is, to take a breath, don't say anything without thinking about it.

Keep in mind that really the person you should be angry with is YOURSELF! It is (or likely was) YOUR fault, not the cop's. He/she is just doing their job (there are bad apples, but dealing with it after is usually the better option).

If you feel they overstepped (or there were extenuating circumstances), take the ticket, and fight it at your court date. Arguing with the cop is not likely to improve the outcome, in fact, it is more likely to make it worse!

Sadly, when incidents happen that involve cops, the person doing wrong (or being questioned) gets too worked up, then the cop gets agitated, and it gets out of control.

There are people who are legitimately afraid of the cops due to experience and media coverage of treatment of certain groups, but there shouldn't be anything to worry about, the bad apples should be few and far--and even if you encounter one, if you comply fully, and don't escalate the situation, there should be no worries (especially in Canada).
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:43 AM   #66
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Here are my three ticket experiences the last number of years.
Number 1: Westbound 112 Ave NW approaching Country Hills BLVD NW. I was coming from the dump and had my three dogs in the car. Not speeding but had numerous dump trucks etc. in front of me. I couldn't see the red light because of the trucks in front of me until I was into the intersection and red light camera violation. Don't recall the exact amount but $325 maybe. I didn't want to slam on the brakes with the dogs in the car. I took a day off and down to the Court House. I thought I got there early but . . . 60 or 70 people already in the line-up. It was reduced to $125. Long and unpleasant day.
Number 2: Going Northbound on Twelve Mile Coulee approaching Crowchild Trail / 1A. Exited to go eastbound Crowchild. Traffic was very busy coming from Cochrane. The merge isn't the best and it goes from merging 90 km/h to 80 km/h. I was just into the 80 km/h and speed trap got me going 95 km/h in the 80 km zone. The Officer wasn't very nice. Had my dogs with me and the windows down. One of my dogs stuck his head out the window and the Officer started to threaten me with a $350 ticket numerous times. It took me awhile to figure out what he was talking about and it was my wagging tail dog with his head out the window. I pleaded Not Guilty and attached a short note of my story. Received a letter by mail of the court date. A couple days later received another letter from the Crown Prosecutor with the ticket Dismissed.
Number 3: I was eastbound 1A leaving Cochrane about a few km's after the hill. Traffic was slow as Police were everywhere. It was a major speed enforcement day. A Sheriff fabricated a ticket. I was directly behind him and knew he was in front of me. He said I was going 128 km/h when traffic was going in the 80 km/h range. Went to Cochrane Court. They offered to reduce it before I was called to the Docket and I declined. When my ticket came up the Sheriff was a no show and Not Guilty.

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