Metal Bike Commuter

Newark Court System

Posted in Uncategorized by metaljaybird on December 10, 2008

I had my day in court today.

On October 20th, while trying to find a client’s office to do some virus repair on their network, I was pulled over for turning right onto Broad Street. The traffic officer informed me that there were no turns onto Broad Street from Water Street (I think that’s the name of the street).  It was about a $75.00 fine with 3 points on my driving record.

This year I finally had all of my points removed. So after much debate, I decided I would try to fight this in court.

One problem. No human being would answer the 800 number provided on the back of my ticket. It was a constant loop of how to pay the bill online or at the Green Street Court.

Through many emails and phone tag, I finally set my court date for today at 8:30 am.

I arrived at court in a sour mood because my poor little one was up half the night, keeping his parents up too. Of course, I hit bad traffic on the way (and thinking to myself, “Why didn’t I take the train?”), and came in ten minutes late. No problem, the judge was about an hour late.

I made a deal with the prosecutor to plead guilty to a “Failure to Obey Traffic Signal” violation with no points.

Driving sucks.

While walking to an ATM in downtown Newark, I noticed someone’s bike locked up to a signpost. I think they had their front wheel secured with the U-lock, and I know they tried securing their helmet by simply latching it around the lock! I was going to take a picture of it, but with the amount of cops standing around, I changed my mind. I figured they’d start questioning me, and to be frank, I’m done with dealing with the government today!

I am really thinking about just sucking it up and riding in the dark winter time.  I’m sure you’ll be the first to hear about it if I do.


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  1. Pam said,

    Just get some really good lights. I actually like riding at night, I sometimes think cars see me better than during daylight hours. I run a rechargeable light on front (Nightpro) and two blinkies on back. No problems so far (unless I forget to charge my headlight). I carry a battery-operated light just in case!

  2. metaljaybird said,

    Yes, I see a trend here. I may have found some Christmas gift ideas for my wife!

    I do have a front LED light, and a rear blinkie. I just live in a suburban area with a high traffic volume averaging 45 MPHs for most of my ride. There are the back routes, but people fly like maniacs on those roads.

    Thanks for your suggestion, and again, I’m definitely going to mention it to my wife.

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