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post #1 of 24
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Well, it's almost 10:30 and I am working on my driving school online Got it open on another window, it's funny because you have to stay on it for 4 hours total. You can log in and out as much as you want but you must be logged in for a set number of minutes for each section. It is split up into 11 chapters and I am on chapter 6. There are 2 quiz questions at the end of each chapter and then a final test at the end. You have to stay near the computer because it will ask you questions at random as pop ups. You have to answer within 2 minutes or you are locked out of the course. They think they are smart and have figured out a way to make you stuck on it I have gotten good at flipping screens from this site to theirs to check for my pop up questions Anyway, this got me to thinking, how sufficient is this online driving school thing anyway??? I have to take it because I got my first speeding ticket going 41 in a 30. The officer was nice enough to write me at 39 in a 30 so my ticket wasn't over $100. But what about people who are being really careless and driving really fast. Shouldn't they have to suffer and sit through a real 4 hour course instead of having the luxury of drivng school online? Oh well, just a thought.
post #2 of 24
Sounds pretty good. Sure beats going to traffic school. I only have one ticket as of now. I was going 105 in a 65 (I know its not safe, but I was testing out my car when I first got it)... big ticket... bad thing is I don't know what happened to it. I never paid it, never went to court, never went to traffic school. Im guessing they'll bring it up next time Im pulled over. Hopefully that won't be soon.

Later,
Brandon
post #3 of 24
Yeah...Online School is the way to go!

Specially in FL...

Cougar: What kinda car?

Spotz
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by Cougar
Sounds pretty good. Sure beats going to traffic school. I only have one ticket as of now. I was going 105 in a 65 (I know its not safe, but I was testing out my car when I first got it)... big ticket... bad thing is I don't know what happened to it. I never paid it, never went to court, never went to traffic school. Im guessing they'll bring it up next time Im pulled over. Hopefully that won't be soon.

Later,
Brandon
I suugest you take care of it before the cops do.....Cause by law you know have a warrent out for your arrest and the next time you get pulled over you will get arrested and I am sure that's not something you want to do. So yeah I would look into getting it take care of.....Also I don't know about the Laws in Utah but Here in CO a speeding ticket of 20mph over the limit is an automatic loss of DL. So Please check it out before you get screwed in the end!
post #5 of 24
Brandon, your ticket is still on the records - they may have a warrant for you, they are not just actively looking for you but if and when they see you next, then thats when they will do something. I suggest you take care of it.

My brother in law had to go to 8 hours of traffic school because he was caught driving while licence revoked for the 3rd time You would think he would learn! But anyways, if he goes to driving school, he will get it back - he hasn't had his licence in 3 years!
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
Cougar-
You definately need to get that taken care of. I used to work for a criminal defense attorney and I can't tell you how many times things slipped between the cracks and showed up years later. You can't use the fact that it was lost in the system somehow as your defense. If you have a warrant, you won't be able to just explain what happened and plead your case on the spot the next time you are pulled over. They will arrest you and you would be stuck until the court hearing the next day. (at least that's how it works here). You may want to start by making a phone call to traffic court and explain the situation and find out how you can get it taken care of. If they really did lose it and say there is no tickets outstanding on your record, make them give you a print out showing that, make a copy of it, keep one in your car and one in a safe place at home. You nee to take responsibility for it because unfortunately the court system does make mistakes
post #7 of 24
Spotz it was a 1994 Ford Probe GT. I loved that car. Now my sister owns it, and were in the process of getting it painted black. Its going to be nice when its done, but we have quite a bit of work ahead of us.
I don't know if I want to call in just yet. I think the ticket was back in april of last year(yep one year of no problems ), and I don't have any extra money to spend right now. I think Ill just pay it when I get pulled over next time. Does the ticket get bigger everyday I don't pay it? I hope not..
Thanks for the advice people,

Peace,
Brandon
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
Cougar,
I don't think you understood what I was trying to say, and I am only saying this from the experience I had from my job at the attorneys office. If you have a ticket and it somehow falls through the cracks, meaning they quit sending you notices to pay it or whatever, it hasn't disappeared. It is there somewhere. When a ticket is not paid by the due date a warrant will be issued, or your license will be suspended. In either case if you get pulled over again, you will either be charged with having a warrant and be arrested, or driving with a suspended license and get arrested. Either way, you can't just give the cop money to cover the ticket when you get pulled over, he has to take you in. You then have to deal with the judge. Please don't take this wrong, I just would hate it for you to get into trouble over this matter. And again, I don't know you situation personally I am just making a reccomendation from the situations I have seen. I also not trying to tell you what to do, please don't take it wrong, I just want you to understand the risks involved.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by Cougar
Spotz it was a 1994 Ford Probe GT. I loved that car. Now my sister owns it, and were in the process of getting it painted black. Its going to be nice when its done, but we have quite a bit of work ahead of us.
I don't know if I want to call in just yet. I think the ticket was back in april of last year(yep one year of no problems ), and I don't have any extra money to spend right now. I think Ill just pay it when I get pulled over next time. Does the ticket get bigger everyday I don't pay it? I hope not..
Thanks for the advice people,

Peace,
Brandon

The next time you get pulled over chaces are you will be spending a night or two in jail......Maybe longer if it happens on the weekend. TRUST ME!!! My soon to be Ex b/f just got pulled over and arrested yesterday morning. He's now spending his birthday in jail. all because of an unpaid ticket. From over 5 years ago.
post #10 of 24
Hmmmm... that would suck. Squirtle, I see what you mean. Well I'll look into it, and talk to my dad. Mabye I want this cleared up as soon as possible.

Thanks,
Brandon
post #11 of 24
Good plan, Brandon, and in the meantime, I would suggest that you don't try testing the top speeds on any cars.....

You may also have your dad check into your car insurance. If you have a traffic violation, and you lie about it (as in tell the insurance company that you don't have any), in our part of the world, they slap a huge insurance payment penalty on you. Although, they tend to find these things automatically, and not depend on people to confess.
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
Good thinking Cougar
I am glad you unstood what I was saying and didn't take it wrong
post #13 of 24
Oh that wasn't the top speed Itll do about 140 before it tops out. Im getting my 92 Probe GT done sometime this summer, and it should be a screamer. Don't worry though, I won't be pulling any crazy fast stunts or anything.
Im not sure on the insurance thing. I use my dads military insurance type deal, so I pay only like 50 bucks a month. Ill check into it though.

Later,
Brandon
post #14 of 24
I never learned how to drive. I wish I did. I'm 27 now and my fiance wants to teach me but I'm one of those people who always knows ahead of time whether or not I'll be good at something and I have a feeling that I wouldn't be good at that. I get really depressed when I make mistakes, so I must be perfect at all times. Besides, making mistakes is embarrasing, and I was always taught that being embarrassed is a fate worse than death. It sure does seem that way, since people laugh at you when you do something embarrassing. But I'd really like to learn how to drive, provided I can figure out a way where no one would know I was learning and therefore I wouldn't get embarrassed.
post #15 of 24
I don't see how it could be embarrassing... unless of course you go 10 ft. and smash into someone
Its really not that hard at all. I prefer to think of it as a skill that is learned and that you are not born a great driver, although some people do display a lot of talent. Anyway, you won't know until you try.
You don't know what your missing out on Its the best...

Peace,
Brandon
post #16 of 24
Here in Puerto Rico it is not totally uncommon to pay a ticket and a few weeks later you get a notice asking you to pay it (that's what I call efficiency).

But either way, the others are right, you should talk with the police to pay that and once you pay it its over. If they grab you before paying it they have to arrest you. And that could be bad for your record.

Check it out with the particular police department that gave the ticket. If it was given by the state police ask the state police, if it was the county police then ask them.

btw, my dad once got a ticket.... crime: Driving too slow. I know, its pathetic.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by vinceneilsgirl
I never learned how to drive. I wish I did. I'm 27 now and my fiance wants to teach me but I'm one of those people who always knows ahead of time whether or not I'll be good at something and I have a feeling that I wouldn't be good at that. I get really depressed when I make mistakes, so I must be perfect at all times. Besides, making mistakes is embarrasing, and I was always taught that being embarrassed is a fate worse than death. It sure does seem that way, since people laugh at you when you do something embarrassing. But I'd really like to learn how to drive, provided I can figure out a way where no one would know I was learning and therefore I wouldn't get embarrassed.
I was also taught that being embarrassed was a fate almost equal to death...right along with being taught that it matters more what others think of you than what you think of yourself. It has taken me years to shake the teachings of an ill mother out of my head and believe in who I am, and feel worthy of being loved for who I am, not what I do or don't do or what I look like.
Please...if you want to try driving...do it. Noone will care if you mess up...they will just be proud of you for trying. Sometimes we have to learn that the way we were taught isn't necessarily the way it is.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by yoviher
Here in Puerto Rico it is not totally uncommon to pay a ticket and a few weeks later you get a notice asking you to pay it (that's what I call efficiency).
Are you being sarcastic?
Yeah, the only problem is that I really don't want to pay it right now. If I go and talk to them, thats pretty much forcing me to pay. Just don't have the money right now. Also it wouldn't go over to well with my parents.

Thanks,
Brandon
post #19 of 24
Yes, that part of the tickets in PR was sarcastic. More to laugh at the fact that they often fail to erase it from the record after you pay it. They have even tried to charge the already paid ticket when you come down to renew your DL 2-3 years later.

Then perhaps what you should do is wait a while and as soon as you have the money to pay it do so to clear it up as soon as possible. In the meantime, I suggest you don't test your car's speed limit . Trust me, the last thing you want is to have to phone your parents asking them to come downtown to pay the bail. None of us wants to see you in trouble.

Oh, and another suggestion: Try to pay it before you renew your DL or your Car's license/compulsory insurance - they may then find it in the record and force you to pay it on the spot.
post #20 of 24
Wouldnt be the first time
Yeah, I guess Ill do it when I have some money handy. Thats not going to be anytime soon though so I guess Ill just have to be the worlds safest driver.
Anyway its going to be awhile before my cars back on the road. Its got a lot of stuff that needs to get done, plus I have school to worry about.

Thanks,
Brandon
post #21 of 24
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I really don't want to pay it right now
But Brandon, I don't think this is your choice! You broke the law, you were caught, and you have to pay the penalty. It's just not right to think that you have a choice here, you should absolutely not get behind the wheel of a car until you have this looked after.
post #22 of 24
Hmmm....
Why shouldn't I drive untill I have this looked after? Its not like my driving skill dies if I get a ticket. Besides the chances of me getting pulled over in the time it takes me to earn the money are very slim.

Thanks,
Brandon
post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
Well, I finished my online driving class. I have decided that it was not good punisment. It's really a joke. Honestly, I didn't read most of it, and the final exam consisted of common sense questions. Now that I have finished it I think they should make it mandatory that people attend class in person. Sometimes I think this online stuff has gotten out of hand
The most interesting thing I learned is that if the strap of a seat belt rests across your stomache it could slice your stomache open So make sure and wear it properly, otherwise it could be just as dangerous to wear one as it is to go without
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sammie5
But Brandon, I don't think this is your choice! You broke the law, you were caught, and you have to pay the penalty. It's just not right to think that you have a choice here, you should absolutely not get behind the wheel of a car until you have this looked after.
Sammie: don't come to me on respect for the law: It's a concept too foreign for Puerto Ricans to comprehend.

Virtually every foreigner I've known has mentioned to me that here the law is soo slack compared to their home countries. Both federal and state law (Not even the Feds get respect here... in fact they have grown to be hated here because of their no frills/no fooling around/dead serious attitude they've imported from the states).

Anyway, I simply don't have any such respect. I shall confess I've always admired and at the same time had curiosity how the law is so much more respected and enforced in the states than here. In my neck of the woods the law is used for the same purpose as bathroom tissue paper (what do you normally clean with it?). For the reason I think that ticket needs to be payed is just to avoid any trouble, which can cause in the future when one tries to renovate DL or gets pulled over.
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