Many people don’t intentionally break the law. However, when you do break the law there are consequences including heavy fines. When governor Swartzenagor took office in California he increased fines to double the amount all over the state. A mere speeding ticket can now cost you over $300. When you get a traffic violation you can’t afford, a quick and easy online cash advance can get you the funds you need to pay it off on time.
Most of us take our driver’s exams when we are teens in high school. We study the laws well enough to get that license, and then the facts seem to slip our minds. There are violations which we can all avoid by paying attention to posted signs, but sometimes it’s too dark or the sign isn’t positioned right. Sometimes signs are just plain confusing, and other times you just really needed to make that turn at that time.
However, there are violations which we commit while being totally oblivious. For example, my good friend Jamie was on her way to school one afternoon when she noticed a pile up down the street. She could see a school bus parked in the right lane with its back lights flashing. There were quite a few cars piled up, so as she waited she had time to notice that there were also no children in the vehicle. As she got closer to the seemingly stalled school bus, she saw that cars in the right lane were merging over to the left lane, she also noticed a police officer in the middle of the street. The police officer was moving his arms in a way that made it seem like he was directing traffic around the school bus. At this moment she decided to do as the other vehicles had done, and moved over to the left lane. Had she had known she was doing anything illegal, she definitely would not have done so since there was a police officer standing in the middle of the street.
As she approached the intersection the police officer then instructed her to pull over. It was at this time that she noticed a line of cars pulled over to the side. She had been unable to notice this earlier, because the school bus was obstructing her view. The police officer then proceeded to write her a ticket. Jamie was confused and frustrated. When a school bus’ lights are flashing, vehicles on both sides of the street are supposed to stop. This law was created to protect the children exiting the bus. Should one of the children decide to run into the street, no harm would be done since the surrounding vehicles would be in a stalled position.
However, the situation Jamie was in was a trap set up by the police department. A “police trap” occurs when police officers set up a scenario, expecting citizens to break the law. Sometimes they set up speed traps, where multiple police cars line up out of view and wait for citizens to drive by speeding. Other times they target an obscure law that many citizens don’t remember or know about. One way police officers profit is by setting up a stalled vehicle trap. Did you know that if a car is on the side of the road and being serviced by a tow truck, or a police officer is giving a citizen a ticket, you are required to switch lanes? Daniel was the victim of such a trap. A tow truck was positioned on the side of the road, and five cop cars lined up behind it. The police officers gave a ticket to each car that passed without switching lanes.
Jamie took her ticket to court, and argued that the size of the bus and the police officers in the street confused her leading her to break the law. The judge sided with the police officer, and Jamie was forced to pay a $650 ticket. As a student, Jamie did not have access to $650 on the spot. She took out an online payday loan for the amount, and was able to pay her ticket on time. Had Jamie not taken out a cash loan to pay her fine, she risked having her licensed suspended and having her fine increased.