Traffic Tickets: I Survived

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Traffic Tickets: I Survived

Cade Smith, Editor

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Generally, most people’s teenage years are marked by the intoxicating freedom of having a driver’s license. That one piece of plastic represents so much, from growth to new responsibilities. Driving is the largest step into an adulthood lifestyle, helping teens develop into normal functioning citizens.

However, it is a terrible idea to give any 16-year-old that much power. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that it will be abused, frequently and with little shame. Stop signs can easily be turned into suggestions, and speed limits are simply goals to beat. Eventually though, it will all catch up to you. One day, when you least expect it, those flashing red and blue lights will ruin your day.

In my case, I was on my way to pick up my first paycheck when I was pulled over in Goodlettsville for going 43 in a 30. I threw away half of my newly acquired paycheck for one mistake. At the time though, I was more concerned about the four-hour traffic school I was forced to attend in order to keep my insurance rates down.

In retrospect, despite having to wake up at 6 a.m., traffic school was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. In fact, it was a sobering experience. While trying not to fall asleep, I learned that you’re more likely to get in an accident when you’re driving on a road with which you are familiar, or that 75 percent of people who die in automobile accidents are not wearing a seatbelt. Also, being one of the youngest people in a group of 40, it was reassuring to know that traffic tickets happen at every age.

Getting pulled over is far from a big deal. You’ll throw away some money, and your parents will get onto you; however, if you’re wise, you’ll treat it like the learning experience it is.It happened to me. It’ll happen to you. Just never forget what you learn from it.  

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