The parking ticket is 40. The being in the park past hours is 150. I thought it was a little overkill, especially since we had talked to the officer earlier in the day and told him it was our first time there. We thought 2 1/2 hours were enough…Guess not. And then he says I could fine all of you, but Im only going to fine you the driver.[/quote]
Jesus Christ. Just pay the 150 and be done with it. I assume that when you were talking with the officer earlier and you mentioned that you’d never been there before he told you the park closed at 6pm, right?
And yet, there you were, showing up at your car at 6:15pm. Is it a little nitpick? Perhaps, but keep in mind that you WERE there longer than allowed and like most other publicly-funded parks around the country, this one is probably hurting for funds. So I don’t blame them for being a stickler for the rules.
What would be your argument if you chose to fight the ticket? That even though the guy most likely told you the place closed at 6pm and even though it is ostensibly posted somewhere that the park closes at 6pm and even though you still didn’t get back to your vehicle until well after 6pm you should get a break? Why, because you’re such a swell guy?
You mentioned something about the East Bay. Are you referring to the Bay Area? If so, what park and what city were you in?[/quote]
Crime (being in a public park 15 minutes late) does not fit the punishment ($190 in citations).
I’d fight it if I were him, too.
Besides, haven’t you ever fought a traffic violation even though you were guilty? [/quote]
I’ve never had a traffic violation, except for a DUI in which I blew a .29, so I had no leg to stand on there.
I agree that the fine seems excessive, but what is he going to do to fight it? Take a few hours off of work, spend a bunch of money on gas driving to the courthouse or wherever he must go to fight it, waste a bunch of time researching ways in which he can fight it and preparing his argument and all that shit? Or just bite the bullet and pay the $190 in fines and be done with it? It might be worth it to just accept that he broke the rules and pay the price.