Speeding ticket

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by Dragon-Soldier, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. Dragon-Soldier

    Dragon-Soldier Member

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    Good morning! It has been one rough week so far, and it got even better tonight when I got a speeding ticket for going 25 over. How will this impact my application?
     
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  2. mom3boys

    mom3boys 10-Year Member

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    25 over is a big deal in Ga...but if you go to driving school, it's reduced. Sign up immediately, go to your court date, and tell the judge what you've done to make yourself a better driver. Likely, if it's your first ticket, the speed will be reduced. You need to report this (in the scheme of things, not horrible...happens every year). Just send your RC a note and tell him/her. Also, include your plans to rectify the situation.
     
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  3. UHBlackhawk

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    Only thing I will add is that 25 is really excessive and dangerous not just to you but other motorists. That would be 90 in a 65 zone.
    I get it. You’re a teenager and I’m not going to say I never speed. But not that much.
    With all the news lately go to the CDC website and check out the leading cause of death among teenagers.
    Also I imagine your insurance company will not be amused.
    Sorry to stand on my soap box.
     
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  4. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    When yo report it, you need to report what the original infraction was, not the reduced infraction. I also believe the size of the fine makes a big difference. I know of NROTC midshipmen who have been tossed out for excessive speeding. Don't know how USMA would handle this.
     
  5. Jeepman

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    There are worse things. In this case, always be truthful and don't try to hide it. My son got one a few years ago but always made sure he did not try to hide the fact. He always learned a valuable lesson of why you don't want things in your past that you have to constantly explain away. Just keep marching forward and control the controllables at this point....
     
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    My son in AROTC got a speeding ticket. When he went to report it they told him he did not have to because the fine was under $300.
     
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  7. ShoutingFlyer48

    ShoutingFlyer48 Banned

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    My advice would be to get on top of it and be upfront with your regional commander/liason, as sometimes there is a need for a civilian conviction waiver (depending on the amount of the fine).
     
  8. Dragon-Soldier

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    Since this is still active I suppose I should give an update. I have gotten what is called continuance for dismissal, which means that after year it will be taken off my record. Since the fine was less than $250 it did not impact my application.
     
  9. SMP

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    Agreed. Take care of it immediately with proof of payment and keep a copy of the ticket. The size of the fine does makes a difference. DS got a ticket that kept on giving. Received one for going 96 mph. Had to explain it and submit a copy on his WP application. Then didn't initially get accepted to USMA. Went to SMC on a full ROTC scholarship. Had to explain the ticket on that application. Then when it came time to contract in the fall, he couldn't remember the amount of the ticket and listed an amount that conflicted with his previous reporting. That was a problem. He had to get a copy of the ticket from the City where he got it and complete some sort of affidavit before he could contract. The following January, he reapplied to USMA, but again had to explain the ticket. I got quite a few laughs out of that one ticket.
    Very good reason not to go 96 mph.
     
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  10. THParent

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    I had a buddy who said that I could drive his new Mustang GT (when they sported the 5.0L) as fast as I wanted, but I had to pay the ticket.
    I told him; "look - if I drive as fast as I think I'm going to drive - we're both going to jail".

    It was fun, and neither of us wound up in the pokey.
    We did have to do some math when we got back, though.
    We made note of the highest RPMs on the tachometer, after we pegged the speedometer.
    I slowed down after I realized that the front tires weren't completely on the ground anymore.

    Ah, to be young and stupid again. ;)
     
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    In case anyone was wondering, the math came out to 133.
    The speedo stopped at 120. :)
     
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  12. ShoutingFlyer48

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    If the fine is over a certain amount, then a civilian conviction wavier may be required, which should be handled through the regional commander.
     
  13. MidwestDad

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    Some jurisdictions are raising revenue by charging obscene fines for relatively minor violations nowadays. Sad but a $300+ ticket is becoming commonplace for 10-15 over. DoD may need to recalibrate their system; I'm guessing the rules were set in a time when $300 was a huge huge sum reserved for egregious misbehavior.