Thanks for the support guys! I am going to go buy a Valentine's Detector ASAP....like I said, too many grandma's on here who think "speeding kills people". It's the idiots that do DUIS and the Racer's who think they are the shit. I am a much safer drive than the idiot doing 55 or 60 in the Highway. Actually....average speed often times in O.C. highways (when not too much traffic) is 80-85 . I will be fine and I appreciate the advice and I will somehow beat these tickets and trust me...I won't lose my license
BTW...I turn 24 in May! Time goes by toooo fast!
I'll send you $5 to offset your fines if you direct your parents to this thread.
Netboy and OP, speed doesn't always kill. But what you have yet to realize -- and by God's grace may you live long enough to learn -- is that inappropriate
speed significantly increases your chances of being in an accident. And that once in an accident, speed greatly increases your chances of serious injury or death (15 miles an hour under certain conditions can mean the difference between walking away from an accident and having your parents identifying your body on a slab). And that doesn't even take into account the "near misses" you leave in your wake that may result in an accident for which you are the proximate cause, but from which you were lucky enough to escape direct involvement.
And that is the issue: you're too young to recognize "inappropriate speed" because you haven't yet been exposed to enough different situations to even grasp at what that phrase means. You have no practical concept of the physics involved when a 4,000 pound vehicle is covering a football field every three seconds (guess what speed that is?) -- or how far you travel before you (1) recognize a situation and (2) react to it. You have the invincible mindset of youth, and until something hauls you back to reality you'll run blissfully along -- perhaps into a curb, or something less forgiving.
I'm no grandma, and in the halcyon days of my youth I did some incredibly stupid things behind the wheel of a car (how about 110+ in a 45 zone? 60 in a 25? -- no tickets, but talked with pursuing officers in each instance) I don't mention those as any kind of bragging rights -- which YOU both show in spades -- but to admit my stupidity and point out that I actually do know what I'm talking about. Only by the grace of God (or luck or whatever you want to call it) am I here to share any of that history with you. Had I caused an accident or killed someone in my stupidity I don't know how I would have lived with myself.
Kajtek1 is right; getting a ticket is almost like winning the lottery. I remember a study done years ago and if I recall correctly, on average there are several hundred (perhaps 1,000?) violations for every ticket written. So if you're getting popped, it means there are lots for which you didn't get popped.
So in sum, take your medicine, learn from your mistakes and move on, don't climb up on your high horse and get belligerent when those with more experience try to share some wisdom with you. Especially when you POSTED looking for input.
Take care and enjoy the ride,