things happen for a reason

May 25, 2010 at 9:01 am 6 comments

it was late morning rush hour. i was on the 880 freeway driving south to santa clara to see my college friend who was visiting the area when suddenly i noticed blinking lights behind me. it was the highway patrol signaling me to pull over. after i parked at a safe side on the shoulder, the cop motioned me to lower the passenger’s window.

“do you know why i pulled you over?” he asked.

“no, sir, i don’t.”

“you’re not wearing your seat belt.”

“oh, i’m sorry, sir, but i didn’t notice.”

i felt so embarrassed. i used to consider drivers caught with a traffic violation not to be smart. now i found myself in a similar situation. darn, i was no better than anybody else. it was also an infraction that i least expected. i couldn’t believe i forgot to wear my seat belt. but there was no denying the fact. i had this sharp-eyed officer as an expert witness.

after handing me the ticket and lecturing me not to forget wearing my seat belt again, he led me back to the freeway and i was on my way.

i think things happen for a reason. who knows, getting the ticket might be my guardian angel’s way of protecting me from harm. it could have prevented a chain of events leading to an accident. well, one thing’s for certain, i wasn’t caught speeding that could have led to a stiffer fine and i made sure to drive more carefully from then on.

yesterday, i went to the superior court to pay the fine. the clerk told me that the citation hasn’t been entered into the system yet and that it would take the law enforcement agency three weeks to do so. she also told me that i don’t have to go back to pay in person. once the citation is in the system, i can pay online using a credit card. it’s supposed to be the less painful way, especially when you’re talking over $100. under the circumstances, it could well be.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. KZ  |  May 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Oh wow. That expensive! my cousin was pulled over (in LA) for speeding. Her fine, $500 whooping dollars! When you convert that to peso, that’s 20,000 plus. That’s TOO MUCH. It’s so expensive, I wouldn’t want to be caught there. But you know, I really like the traffic enforcement in the US. Unlike here, we have too many crooks who can get away by just bribing.

    • 2. plaridel  |  May 25, 2010 at 5:45 pm


      $500 for a speeding ticket is about right. sometimes it’s doubled depending on the location where the infraction is committed. if you want to take it out of your driving record, you need to go to traffic school and that costs money, too. .

      i think most cops here are honest although i’ve heard of rumours that some are also crooks.

    • 3. virtualanimosity  |  May 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm

      im sorry but i have to butt in…we always think that other countries have better system than ours is that because we filipinos tend to exhaust all options possible just to get out of trouble. we use our names, positions and affiliations whenever caught in a bad situation…

      our laws are just as the same with other countries. we just dont follow them. admit it or not, sometimes we are the ones who bribe first. ayon sa kasabihan, ‘pag palay na ang lumapit tutukain mo na diba? try not to bribe or reason out when ur caught here in pinas, lets see if you can still comment the same.

      *peace* πŸ˜€

  • 4. AC  |  May 28, 2010 at 12:45 am

    ahehehe.. pwede pala credit card. cool. πŸ™‚

    • 5. plaridel  |  May 28, 2010 at 11:34 am


      i went back the following day and paid cash. πŸ™‚ now i need to go to traffic school to take the violation off my driving record. this is to ensure that my premium won’t go up the next time i renew my car insurance.

  • 6. virtualanimosity  |  May 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    hi plaridel, SUB here..please change my link on your blogroll πŸ˜€ and i sure have a lot of catching up to do here!


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