I forgot to remember

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I forgot to remember

Recently, a friend of mine showed me an article from the Daily News (a local Los Angeles area newspaper) that had a very good article about how a simple traffic fine like a cell phone ticket can literally become a financial nightmare by the simple act of forgetting to pay it. Kerry Cavanaugh, the author, hit the nail right on the head with this one. Back in November I wrote a blog about Failures to Appear in court and/or basically forgetting or neglecting to pay a ticket and how it complicates your life. Kerry reinforces this notion by giving us the details of one specific individual who managed to turn a $20 cell phone violation into an $845 fine. As we have previously discussed, some of these “no point violations” should not be the Achilles’ heel of your driving record. Cell phone violations, fix it tickets such as tinted windows, missing license plates or burnt out taillights, not wearing your seatbelt and driving solo on the diamond/carpool lane (high-occupancy vehicle lane). These, when unattended and not paid are the ones that hurt the most since they are probably the least expensive (with perhaps the exception of the HOV fine) and failure to pay will more than likely result in very expensive results. If you get a chance to read Ms. Cavanaugh’s article, please do… it’s a sad but true story that too often California drivers are confronted with and in these financially stressed times it pays to remember the little things… like paying your traffic tickets.

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