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Old Wed Dec 01, 2004, 02:11am
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I got a ticket today. A "citation". For committing a "motor vehicle violation." My registration is past time to re-up, so I'm "out of compliance" with the law. Two things really bug me about it. First of all, while we were sitting there diddling around, at least three cars blatantly ran red lights at a busy intersection with lots of pedestrians. Secondly, it took nearly half an hour. What the heck were those two guys doing in the police car all that time? At least part of the time, I could see in my rear view mirror that they were eating. Eating!! While my whole afternoon schedule is getting chopped up into little pieces and spit out on the floor. Then when the officer finally gets out of his car and brings back all my paperwork, including the ticket, he tries to be "friendly" or something. "So, what'd did you think of that OSU game?" I just stared. He starts the verbal fumbling thing, "I mean, I saw your Oregon State Beavers sticker..." I said, "It's my son's sticker. I'm sure he watched the game. Would you like to talk to him?"

I learned an important lesson. It doesn't help to be falsely jolly with the coaches or players. They don't get it, and they don't appreciate it. Just like I didn't appreciate being "cheered" up by the policeman.
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Old Wed Dec 01, 2004, 02:28am
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Sorry to hear you got cited rainmaker. Most people can sense the "false jolly" stuff. But I think the genuinely nice and cheery (and happy to be here reffing this game tonight) works well.

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Old Wed Dec 01, 2004, 07:15am
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Old Wed Dec 01, 2004, 09:00am
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very interesting observation, guess i better stop eating when i go to the table to report a foul. i never really thought about it that way.
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Old Wed Dec 01, 2004, 09:04am
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So that's what they're doing, eating.

The one time I was pulled over by a state-trooper, well my friend was driving, but I was in the car, they shined that spotlight on us so when we looked back we didn't have a clue as to what the officer was doing because we were blinded by the light. But you're right, on the other side, it's amazing how the stuff we do that we think will help calm someone down or cheer them up really doesn't.
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Old Wed Dec 01, 2004, 09:16am
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The delay...

You probably shouldn't be so critical of your situation. In most states depending on the length of time a vehicle is not registered it is an arrestable offense. Some states are as short as 30 days over a valid date.

The delay was most likely caused because of communications searching your DMV records for the proper reports and maybe even calling your local municpal office to see if their records were more current than the state records, a common occurance in some states.

They were trying to do you a favor, it takes time. Be in compliance on the law and you have nothing to worry about.

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Old Wed Dec 01, 2004, 09:24am
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This reminds me of people saying inappropriate things to those who have lost a loved one. We put our foot in our mouth because we are uncomfortable with the situation. A simple, "I am sorry," is usually the best thing to say.
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Old Wed Dec 01, 2004, 09:34am
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Re: The delay...

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They were trying to do you a favor, it takes time. Be in compliance on the law and you have nothing to worry about.

Speaking for myself, I've never gotten stopped for having my registration & inspection stickers up to date. I don't know how it works in Oregon but that's how it works in my area.
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Old Wed Dec 01, 2004, 11:23am
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You may be able to get out of the ticket by getting your registration and inspection taken care of. Call the court and see if they'll waive the ticket cost if you bring in your up to date registration and inspection sticker.

The inspection sticker on my car expired in April (oops!)... The dealership wanted $400 to fix the emergency brake on my car so that it would pass inspection. I live in Houston -- there are not any hills here -- so, um, NO. I figure that a ticket for the expired registration can't be more than $125 or so, so even if I get a couple of tickets I'm ahead

Of course, I need to find one of those places that is just going to give me the sticker without worrying about thinkings like emergency brakes!
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Old Wed Dec 01, 2004, 01:33pm
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I got a ticket today. A "citation". For committing a "motor vehicle violation." My registration is past time to re-up, so I'm "out of compliance" with the law.
Juulie - I didn't realize you were a scofflaw, you nasty person, you. Was this in City of Portland or just Multnomah county? With the new Portland tax being considered, it's a good thing you weren't talking on your cell phone at the time.
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