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lenfromak: On this side of the pond, it's called a bribe.
leevis: lenfromak: On this side of the pond, it's called a bribe.It's called a deferrment and it's legal, at least in Indiana. I got a ticket a couple years ago and kept it off my record. As long as you're willing to pay a few extra bucks, have a clean record for a certain amount of time previously, and don't get anymore tickets for the next six months, the points stay off your license
The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Note:In the UK speeding laws are mainly enforced by huge box shaped cameras, painted in reflective yellow, mounted in fixed and highly visible locations on the side of the road, with special and very distinctive road markings in the camera's detection zone with warning signs shortly before the camera location. Even then they only go off when you're ~ 10% + 2mph*. If you're paying so little attention to everything around you that you miss all that then you deserve a ticket for lack of due care and attention, and probably are a high risk driver.* e.g in a 50 zone the camera will go off at 50 + 5 + 2 = 57. If this has changed recently I'd welcome a correction.
brantgoose: I can totally see the insurance industry's point. From the industry's point of view, letting bad drivers off without charging them points or fines is "noise" in the system they use to assess risk of insuring drivers.
TheGreatGazoo: St. Louis used to have a thriving ticket plea bargain industry.Get a ticket? No problem. Pay about $100 to hire a traffic lawyer who will turn your $80 speeding ticket which is a moving violation into a $120 ticket for excessive muffler noise and your insurance company is none the wiser.
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