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Speeding ticket in Nevada

Glen Cai
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I'm living in Texas. I got a speeding ticket on the way from Las Vegas to Death Valley NP when I was visiting Vegas last week. The cop said that I was doing 88mph in 70mph on NV highway 160, but I'm not sure. I was driving a rental car, and not familiar with setting its cruise control.
Highway 160 is straight, flat, and wide. It was clear in the morning and there were only a few cars on the road. Actually there were two cars passed me.
Now I'm back in Texas, and was told that I could find a Nevada state attorney to get rid off the ticket.
This is my first speeding ticket, and do I get any bad driving records in TX MVA if I paid the fine?
Can my insurance company find out to increase my rate? Can I just ignore the ticket because I'm not
an NV resident? Any suggestions or comments are appreciated!


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Paul McKenna
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You have two choices
1. Get a lawyer and try to appeal the ticket. This will cost you money because of lawyer fees but might help save your driving record (depending on whether you win the case or not)
2. Pay the ticket and the insurance company finds out and hikes your premium, but the hike normally lasts only one year if you maintain a perfect driving record hereon.
And the third choice.. do nothing and get a heftier fine with more legal implications. I wouldnt mess with the law in Texas!


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Michael Morris
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You are probably better off just paying the fine. I certainly wouldn't advise ignoring it, that could really cause you problems including increased insurance premiums or getting thrown into the infamous Texas pool that costs you an arm, your left nut and your firstborn male child. According to how old you are one moving violation shouldn't affect your insurance rates that much anyway. I'm not sure if your Texas insurance carrier will know about the Nevada ticket but I would assume so. Unfortunately there is usually little most of us can do in these situations other than hiring an attorney which will cost more than the ticket and the total amount of the increased premiums even if we are innocent.
[ January 02, 2004: Message edited by: Michael Morris ]

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Tim Baker
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Yeah I hear they like to fry em down in texas


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Michael Morris
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Originally posted by Tim Baker:
Yeah I hear they like to fry em down in texas

Especially turkeys injected with melted butter, tabasco and various cajun spices!
John Stern
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i totally got 4 speeding ticket in my life before.(but i learned a lot from my past experience, my last ticket was on 10/97)
i would pay the fine if i were you, for peace of mind. but you should call them to explain it is not your fault..etc. look up your speeding ticket, there should be a phone number somewhere. call the number to talk to them. that was what i did in one ocasion, i got 50% off. it was in south carolina.
so far my best ticket experience was in california. actually i was not "speeding". i did not stop first when made a right turn on a red light. i was doing 10 mph. the officer later told me he would not fine me if i was doing 5 mph.
i was told to take a class during a weekend. the classroom is a junk, it was raining outside, the roof was leaking. the class was led by a teacher, he told us "only good people get caught, because police don't dare to stop bad guys". after lunch, we also watch video, in the end, there was a test. before we left the classroom, we was told the ticket was cleared.
[ February 09, 2004: Message edited by: John Steve ]
Michael Ernest
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Pay the fine, and use an online traffic school to have the driving point taken off your record -- that'll save you the insurance hike.


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John Stern
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when i took that class, in the notication for the class, we were told not to be late, i saw someone who was late for less than 5 min, was shut out, had to come back for next class.
speaking of police, maryland police made me sick
i saw they park their car aside the I-95, with emergency flash light on, i thought someone need help at first. i am lucky i wan not caught.
[ February 10, 2004: Message edited by: John Steve ]
Jeroen Wenting
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At least they park where you can see them...
Here they place their cars (unmarked, always) as if they're in trouble (hood and doors open, parked at a weird angle. Camera is integrated into the radiator or hidden on the dash, or the assembly is hidden in the railing and covered with cammo netting.
If you pull over to help you're fined for obstructing the police more likely than not.
In one case a camera was hidden inside a dumpster placed dangerously close to the road. When someone pulled over and repositioned the thing to a less dangerous position he was arrested and dragged off in handcuffs for sabotaging a police operation. All he had wanted to do was resolve a potentially dangerous situation, he'd not seen there was a camera in the thing


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Paul Stevens
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
At least they park where you can see them...
Here they place their cars (unmarked, always) as if they're in trouble (hood and doors open, parked at a weird angle. Camera is integrated into the radiator or hidden on the dash, or the assembly is hidden in the railing and covered with cammo netting.
If you pull over to help you're fined for obstructing the police more likely than not.
In one case a camera was hidden inside a dumpster placed dangerously close to the road. When someone pulled over and repositioned the thing to a less dangerous position he was arrested and dragged off in handcuffs for sabotaging a police operation. All he had wanted to do was resolve a potentially dangerous situation, he'd not seen there was a camera in the thing


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John Stern
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:
At least they park where you can see them...
Here they place their cars (unmarked, always) as if they're in trouble (hood and doors open, parked at a weird angle. Camera is integrated into the radiator or hidden on the dash, or the assembly is hidden in the railing and covered with cammo netting.

at least they are honest. you are caught because you are driving above the speed limit.
on second thought, everybody is doing above speed limit. the true speed limit is speed limit + 10 mph
fred rosenberger
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I know many lawyers in Missouri. I can't speak for everywhere, but here's what i've learned from them.
Getting out of a ticket is trivial. When someone gives them a ticket, they send a fax to the prosecutor, basically saying "i have been engaged to provide services for john doe and would request a conference regarding... blah blah blah". it was basically a form letter.
The prosecutor, who has about 10,000,000,000 of these to deal with, doesn't want to waste the time, so they send a fax back saying "how about we give them excessive noise instead? non-moving, no points on the license, same fee". and you're done. you pay the court costs, fine, AND your lawyer (who probably spent less than 10 minutes and will charge you $150), but get no points.
it shouldn't be difficult at all to get it fixed, but you'll pay more up front.
my 2cents.


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Howard Kushner
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Agree with Fred. Pay the lawyer. I always have, and always will. Less expense and hassles in the long run.


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