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It Wasn't Me, Officer; It Was the Deer

Man blames speeding ticket on hypothetical deer

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man fighting a speeding ticket in court had a unique explanation—the officer's radar gun may have picked up a deer, the AP reports. According to the Newburyport Daily News , Dennis Sayers was clocked going 40mph in 30mph zone in West Newbury in November. He got a... More »

Man Pays Speeding Ticket With Many, Many Pennies

As in 22K of them

(Newser) - "I didn't hurt anybody. I didn't endanger anybody's life." That's what Texas man Brett Sanders tells NBC-DFW to explain his indignation over a $220-plus speeding ticket he recently received while driving near his Frisco home. Sanders was fined for driving 9 miles over the... More »

Man Gets $180 Ticket, Spends 75x That Fighting It

Friends think he's crazy, but Mustafa Al Shakarji says it's about justice

(Newser) - When Mustafa Al Shakarji immigrated with his family to Australia from Iraq in 2002, he found a country far less rife with government and police corruption. So when he got a $180 (in US dollars) speeding ticket he felt was flat out wrong back in March 2012, he decided to... More »

Judge: Yes, You Can Swear at Town When Paying Fine

Profanity-filled missive falls within First Amendment realm, judge rules

(Newser) - You'd figure a town called Liberty would be filled with advocates of free speech. But authorities in the upstate New York town weren't pleased when a 22-year-old man who had received a speeding ticket in 2012 mailed in his payment—along with the word "Tyranny" scrawled next... More »

Driver to Deputy: 'No Wonder You People Get Shot'

Joy Feinberg didn't appreciate her $606 speeding ticket

(Newser) - When it became clear her attempts to avoid a speeding ticket were futile, a Florida woman had some choice words for the deputy who pulled her over in Boynton Beach: "No wonder you people get shot." The Palm Beach Post reports an unidentified deputy with the Palm Beach... More »

Guy's License Suspended... Over 1981 Ticket

Typo is to blame for Kevin Berry's ordeal

(Newser) - When Kevin Berry was pulled over in Portland recently, he thought he was about to get a speeding ticket. But the officer told him his license had been suspended a few weeks earlier—over a ticket dating back 33 years. "I think it's crazy," Berry tells KATU... More »

Speeding Granny Sends Ticketing Cop Thank-You Note

Seattle grandma thankful for trooper's professionalism and kindness

(Newser) - Giving stickers and toy sheriff badges to a Seattle woman’s grandkids earned one Idaho state trooper a heartfelt thank-you note … even though he gave the woman a speeding ticket. "Kids are always really inquisitive when the guy with the big hat walks up to their car on... More »

Texas Man Arrested for Warning Drivers About Speed Trap

Ron Martin stood in median of road holding sign

(Newser) - Texas man Ron Martin was arrested last October for warning drivers of an upcoming speed trap. Martin stood in the median of a six-lane road and held a sign that read, "Police ahead." But he said he was just trying to get people to slow down—for safety,... More »

Zimmerman Stopped by Police, Again

This time he gets a ticket

(Newser) - George Zimmerman hasn't had much luck staying out of the spotlight since his acquittal. There was the gun factory visit , the heroic car-crash rescue , the speeding with a gun incident , and now another brush with police. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Florida police stopped a bearded Zimmerman in Lake... More »

Fired Florida Cop: We Don't Ticket Lawmakers

Lawsuit over dismissal alleges unspoken rule

(Newser) - Florida state trooper Charles Swindle says he was "trying to be nice" when he gave state lawmaker Charles McBurney a $10 ticket for failing to show proof of insurance, instead of one for going 87mph in a 70mph. "I'm cutting you a break on this one,"... More »

1 in 24 Admit Falling Asleep Behind Wheel

CDC survey suggests drowsy driving is a real problem

(Newser) - A big CDC survey finds that 1 in 24 Americans admit to nodding off while driving at least once, reports AP . What's worse, officials think the number is probably higher because people often don't remember doing so. Men are more likely to fall asleep, as are those ages... More »

Bieber's Driving Prompted 10 Calls to 911

LA councilman Dennis Zine calls 100mph estimate 'conservative'

(Newser) - Looks like LA councilman Dennis Zine wasn't the only one worried about the Biebs' driving yesterday . Turns out 9 other drivers called 911 to complain about Justin Bieber's reckless ways on the Hollywood Freeway before CHP officers pulled him over, TMZ reports. The singer insists he was only... More »

LA Lawmaker Wants Bieber Arrested

Pop sensation was pulled over on the freeway 'driving like maniac'

(Newser) - Should Justin Bieber's next concert be held behind bars? One Los Angeles City Councilman thinks so. Bieber was caught speeding on the freeway in his chrome Fisker Karma at 11:30am today, and witness to the scene was councilman/former LAPD motor officer Dennis Zine, who told TMZ , "Bieber... More »

Fake Cop Pulls Over Speeder, Collects Fine at ATM

Guy believed her even though she had no uniform

(Newser) - Another car pulls up beside you, and its female passenger demands you pull over for speeding, then tells you to pay a fine immediately. When you ask for ID, given she has no uniform, she tells you that's not necessary. Ontario police say a man found himself in this exact... More »

Speeding Swede Faces $1M Fine

Driver was going 180mph on Swiss road

(Newser) - A 37-year-old Swedish driver won't be forgetting his trip to Switzerland in a hurry. The man faces a record-breaking $1 million maximum fine after being caught driving his Mercedes SLS AMG at 180 miles per hour, over 100 miles per hour over the limit. The Swiss determine speeding fines by... More »

Traffic Cops Using More Unmarked Cars

'This is not about being sneaky'

(Newser) - Cops around the country are using more unmarked cars to catch speeders on the highway, USA Today reports, for one simple reason: Habitual speeders have gotten too good at spotting the marked ones. “This is not about being sneaky,” insists one North Dakota police chief. “This is... More »

Ticket-Crazed Virginia Hands Out 6,996 in One Weekend

States across the nation look to motorists as a way to fix budget gaps

(Newser) - In the olden days, cops handed out traffic tickets to keep us safe; in our brave, new, cash-strapped world, states and municipalities are pushing police to hand out as many as possible—for the money they bring in. Just look at Virginia, where last weekend police wrote 6,996 tickets... More »

Swiss Millionaire Hit With $290K Speeding Fine

Repeat offender handed history's priciest traffic ticket

(Newser) - A Swiss millionaire caught driving his Ferrari Testarossa through a residential area at 85 mph has been hit with the highest speeding ticket in history. The court handed the 53-year-old showoff a $290,000 fine based on his $23 million personal fortune, the fact that he was a repeat offender,... More »

Have Mercy, Officer: I Can't Think of a Good Excuse

(Newser) - Every time a cop pulls someone over, he or she is liable to hear an excuse. And every so often, a driver manages to surprise even the most jaded ticket-writer, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Like the pair of Frenchmen one officer caught speeding on Highway 101. They’d... More »

Finland, Land of the $200K Speeding Ticket

(Newser) - If you think that pricey speeding ticket is unfair, just look at Finland, where fines are based on income. Mental Floss takes a look at five doozies:
  • In 2002, a Nokia exec on a Harley got hit with a whopping $103,600 fine for cruising at 47mph in a 31mph
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