We all know that sinking feeling when we see this in our rear view mirror:
Or we drive by this:
It means - the dreaded traffic ticket.
In California, at the bottom of the ticket [the formal name is “citation”] is a date, time, and courthouse address. Under that is a statement that says something like “without admitting guilt, I promise to appear at the date/time/place indicated above.” That's where you signed, promising to appear.
If you don't appear on or before that date, lots of bad things can result.
|Okay - maybe not this bad|
|Your Great-Aunt Marge|
Don't let that happen. Write your court date in LARGE BLACK PERMANENT MARKER on your calendar, enter the date into your phone/computer/PDA/whatever you use. Tape a note to the back side of your front door.
And, if you accidentally miss your appearance date, go to court immediately to take care of it. You'll probably still be looking at an increased fine, but the license suspension and the warrant can be removed. Sorry Aunt Marge!
Tell us in the comments about your Aunt Marge.
Next week, how to clear a “fix it” ticket.