As they say, there's a first for everything. One came today in the form of a ticket.
I've never been pulled over, or gotten a ticket...until today.
It definitely seems like the end of the month; I saw nine state troopers on a 120 mile stretch of interstate that rarely sees even one.
I had already spotted two speed traps way before I reached them, and skirted past both of them just fine. I'm usually a very cop-concious driver, probably why this is my first ticket. I'm very wary of "U-Turn points" on the highway and slow down before them, and usually drive with a pack going the same speed. However, I-90 traffic can get very sparse. On top of that, I'm driving a car that I've never driven before (friend was too tired to drive), and found myself constantly inching up to 80-90MPH without realizing if I didn't constantly check the speedometer. I was also in the midst of a couple work zones that were devoid of road workers with equipment and cones moved out of the road and might've been in a 55MPH zone; I'm not sure.
I was in the process of passing a car when I suddenly noticed the two cars ahead of me change to the right lane. At that point, I was aware I was going 79/80. Instinctively, I glanced in the rearview and a state trooper was on my tail. I immediately flicked on my blinker to get to the right lane, and as soon as I did, he turned on his lights. The officer told me I was going 78-79 and that he'd put me down for 75. I thanked him and he was on his way. From when I pulled over until when I got back on the road, it took a maximum of ten minutes, maybe even five. I was surprised how efficient he was. I wonder how many cars he's pulled over in NY with CT plates and a driver with a Jersey license.
Anyone know how much speeding fines are in NY?