I Got a Ticket?!

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Some times, the day just starts out wrong.  Today was one of those days.  When Chris came back in with the mail this morning, she handed me a letter from the 91 Express Lanes, the agency that runs the toll portion of State Route 91 between Riverside and Orange counties.  Inside was a notice that I had been cited for riding my motorcycle in the express lanes last Saturday night, just before 10 PM.

Now, to my certain knowledge, I haven’t been on State Route 91 at any time since I moved to San Diego county in 1999.  And even if I had, motorcycles get to travel free in the 3+ express lanes at all times except the eastbound side during the afternoon drive time on weekdays.

Not that it matters.  Last Saturday night, my chick and I were watching Season 2 of Lost on my XBox through Netflix.  I didn’t even take my bike out of the garage on Saturday.

So, now, I have to write a letter and mail it to them, requesting a review.  And if they still say I owe them for the violation, I have to pay the ticket and a deposit to get a second administrative review.  And if that still comes out against me, I have to file an appeal in Superior Court–along with another deposit–and get a court date.

How does a motorcycle even get a ticket for using the express lanes at 10PM on a saturday?  It’s toll-free for motorcycles!

So now I have to deal with these idiots for the next two months.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

2 thoughts on “I Got a Ticket?!”

  1. unfortunately dude, being on teh fast track will still get u a ticket and contrary to belief… if ur on it.. no matter who u are.. u will still get cited if u dont have ur pass. the trick is to inbetween the lanes or the lane markings… then the sensor will not pick up on u… sorry bud

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