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Common Sense Tickets

Original post made by Pro-Law on Aug 6, 2010

I've been hearing around town people being cited for "fix-it" tickets left and right. I'm all for moving violations (speed, running red lights, etc) being ticketed, but what is up with all these fix-it tickets? Is it really necessary to give a ticket for having a cracked brake light or for having one brake light out that likely the person was not even aware of?

Are they under pressure to have high ticket stats? Where is the common sense? The fix-it tickets really do more harm then good in the long run when it comes to losing people who support the police department - especially when people's pay checks aren't looking too hot nowadays.

Comments (9)

Posted by Tim, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I got stoped for a dark tail light but did not get a ticket. I have seen many people stopped in front of my house for fix-it warnings lately. They do not appear to be getting tickets just warnings. PPD must have some sort of a campaign.


Posted by Tim, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I got stoped for a dark tail light but did not get a ticket. I have seen many people stopped in front of my house for fix-it warnings lately. They do not appear to be getting tickets just warnings. PPD must have some sort of a campaign.


Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Tim,

I'm all for the fix-it warning tickets, but I don't really understand the fix-it tickets with a court date (people usually end up fixing it before the court date). I've heard of several people receiving the court date tickets in which they not only fix the brake light but spend money on court fees and taking time to have it "signed-off" (during business hours only) like it was your parents checking on you.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm

State needs revenue. These are easy targets and the state knows if enough fix it tickes are issued there will be a percentage that are late, or not "fixed" and the full citation paid.

I just got one for no front plate. The $10 fix it ticket fine is worth the aesthetic benefit I get from not having a front plate, so I'm not going to biatch about it too much. But your observation regarding the increase in citations is shared.


Posted by maja7, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Aug 7, 2010 at 11:01 am

Isn't the whole point of 'fix it tickets' that each and everyone of us is driving a vehicle that is safe/reliable? I don't get why you all are complaining about getting a 'fix it ticket'? If there is something wrong with your car that impairs your driving and by getting it fixed, you make yourself and your family safer, why complain?

There are laws/rules/guidelines that we all agree to follow as part of a society. If you don't like them, get them changed or continue to pay the fines, etc. That's your choice. I, for one, don't appreciate driving around town, seeing bad, unaware drivers talking on their cell phone, throwing cigarettes out the window, etc. You may think a fix-it ticket doesn't matter, but really, who do we authorize to decide what laws we enforce and those that we don't?


Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm

maja7,

I'm all for the tickets you are talking about (talking on cell phone, throwing cigarettes out of the window, etc). I'm talking about tickets for things a driver may not even be aware of (i.e. broken tail light). And sure there are these laws on the books, but there is a thing called officer discretion - these aren't robots the city hires.


Posted by asdf, a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 7, 2010 at 10:41 pm

The fix-it tickets for broken lights are appropriate.

Drivers are responsible for knowing if their lights are functional or not. Lack of awareness of the mechanical state of your vehicle is not an excuse.


Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Sure Pleasanton PD can ticket for anything on the books, and I'm not using anything as an excuse for anyone being in violation of fix-it sections.

I'm simply saying Pleasanton PD can continue to issue these petty fix-it tickets as much as their heart's desire, but they will slowly (continue) to lose support of the average John Q Citizen with the nitpicking.

Go get 'em Pleasanton PD!


Posted by Larry, a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 8, 2010 at 11:27 pm

If it's toward the end of the month, many cops up their tickets to meet the quotas.


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