Wednesday, September 20, 2006

'general park infraction'

To Whom it may concern:

This letter is to address uniform law citation 373393. I would like to admit responsibility with explanation and a question. On the date, July 6, 2002, I failed to comply with a park sign at the Warren Dunes State Park. I was in excess of 10 miles per hour in a motorized vehicle in Beach Lot #2, this I admit to but my claim is that I was not travelling at the 25 m.p.h. as stated on my ticket. I haven't a problem with making amends for an infraction which I have committed, but i believe there may be some error in the ticket. To summarize, this ticket, number 373393, states that I was exceeding the posted speed limit by 15 miles per hour, or 25 m.p.h in a 10 m.p.h. zone. At the time of this infraction the officer, Robert S., operating from the vehicle with license plate number 20166, stated that he would not give me a moving violation, but rather an infraction for my failure to comply with a park rule. At this juncture, believing that I was not going to receive a moving violation, I did not ask to see the radar reading or other method of determining my speed while I operated this motor vehicle. Even though at this time I felt that there was an error in my supposed speed, that is to say I was not traveling at 25 m.p.h. on July the 6th at 5 pm. Upon a communication via telephone to the 5th District Court Magistrate, completed on Monday the 8th of July, in which I conversed with Sue, she was at the time unable to tell me the fine amount, upon which I was told to retry telephonic communication in the future, possibly later that same day. Due to certain employment restrictions, I was not able to complete an additional phone call to the aforementioned magistrate's office until July the 12th, on this date, Sue was still not able to deliver to me the quantity of the fine, I was informed that she return my call and inform me of the charges. Sue returned my call the same day and told me that the fine was $70.00 (USD), also I was informed that the amount of the fine was contingent upon the speed in excess of the posted speed. When I was informed of this, I decided to write this letter, because I believe that I was going less than reported 25 m.p.h as stated on my uniform law citation, number 373393. Radar detection not being used, I was curious as to what type of speed detection was being employed at its percent error. I assume that other modes of detection have higher percent errors than radar detection and radar, while usually accurate has recognized flaws. The amount of this fine was determined by the speed, I was reported in excess of, perhaps a different speed recorded on my infraction would have led to a different fine amount, also if this 25 m.p.h notation is in error, as I believe, than the ticket has been written wrong as well.

Thank you kindly for your time, if I am found to be guilty of travelling at 25 m.p.h. then I will be asked to pay the $70.00 (USD), according to Sue, which I will pay.

Once upon a time I wrote the above letter in response to a 'general park infraction'. You'll notice that it is littered with grammar and style errors. I'll have you know that as a result of this letter the fine was reduced by $20.00 USD

1 comment:

DrIK said...

Writing that letter should not have taken more than 30 minutes, which means your effort was compancated at a rate of $100/hr. I have to admit that I am far behind that high mark in my professional career.