@#$%& I did it again!

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 Okay, you would think after two times I would get it through my thick head, but no.  A little background.  Here in Montgomery County Maryland we are some sort of a test site for these speed cameras?  I would think our county is quite happy with their investment.  In about 6 months time they have generated around $2,000,000.00, yes million, in revenue for our county. I think I have personally been one of the major contributers to their test!!  A study seems to show that they do increase fender benders because everyone is so freaked out to not get a ticket they bump into each other.  At least no one is going too fast.

Okay, here is where I come in.  The first one was some guy in a van parked on the side of the road and a flash went off?  I said to my husband, I think I just got a ticket?  Sure enough about a week later a ticket with 3 photos of my car comes in the mail with a $40.00 fine.  I roll my eyes and send the check off.  Now the county has put in permanent cameras.  They are really nice though, they put up warning signs first to tell you that there are cameras ahead.   Then there are a total of 3 consecutive camera that are there to get you if you dare speed. 

 Next my funny friend calls my house one night spitting and swearing because she was just "flashed" by one of the sets of cameras.  I was kind of like yeah, yeah, I got one of those too.  A week later, I was showing townhomes near the same cameras that my friend got her ticket and warned my client.  "See those cameras right there, they are speed cameras, don't go too fast through here."  I warned her and good.  So, I finish showing my client, drop her off back at the office, drop her off to her car.  Next I have to go over to one of my listings to go over a contract.  I am driving over to my listing and all of the sudden I think "was that lightening?"  You guessed it, I just went through the EXACT same cameras I told my client to not speed through 30 minutes earlier!!  Sometimes I just wonder? 

About a week later, here comes another ticket!!  Do you think if I take a picture of the check and mail it back to them they would think that was funny?  

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Rainmaker
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Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Realty Services - Darnestown, MD
GRI, Gaithersburg, MD
Donald, It is a HUGE cash cow for the county.  My story just makes me laugh, 30 minutes after warning someone about the camera, I went right through it and got a ticket!!  We do have some adventures in our business.
Feb 08, 2008 12:22 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional
Bellevue, WA

Hi Audrey,

Your post is quite entertaining.  But seriously, I really wish there were cameras every where my daughter drives. 

Feb 08, 2008 05:23 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Realty Services - Darnestown, MD
GRI, Gaithersburg, MD
Leslie, That is funny.  I be your daughter wouldn't like that.  I read where a driver got a ticket for 110mph in front of a school.  the dumb thing is the owner of the car does not get points because you cant prove the  owner was the driver.  I just laugh at myself for doing something so stupid!
Feb 08, 2008 06:16 AM #4
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI
After about 10 years of no tickets, a few months ago (during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season) I got two. One was for speeding and one was for not getting my new license plate sticker.  I have no good excuses, and they happened within a week of each other- not to mention- in the same town:-)
Feb 08, 2008 11:17 AM #5
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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate

Audrey - What a great story.  I've had two speeding tickets in the past two years...in exactly the same place less than a mile from my home.  I know an officer sits behind a fenced area near a park.  Do you think I remember all the time.  Well, at least twice I didn't.  Each time I was going just enough over the speed limit to get a ticket.  I went to traffic school each time so it wouldn't appear on my driving record.  /the ticket and cost of the traffic school each time was close to $350. 

Wow, I just did the math on the $2 million in revenue you mentioned.  At $40 per citation that's a boatload of tickets!

Feb 10, 2008 06:07 PM #6
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Audrey June-Forshey
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GRI, Gaithersburg, MD
Marlene,  You have to laugh or you will  cry.  I guess we just get distracted and our minds wander.  I just cant believe I was telling my buyer 30 minutes prior to not speed through there and then here I do it!!  On this system they are using you don't get points because they cant prove who is actually driving the car.
Feb 11, 2008 01:30 AM #7
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Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
Okay, Speedy, join the ranks of people everywhere  in a hurry to get somewhere faster. I am fortunate we don't have the cameras here.....I'd be wanting to send in a photo copied check, too. Too true & too funny Audrey.
Feb 17, 2008 01:36 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Realty Services - Darnestown, MD
GRI, Gaithersburg, MD
Bonnie, Honestly, I was just spitting nails when I got that ticket, 30 minutes prior I was telling my buyer not to speed through there because of the cameras!!  Do as I say not as I do!!
Feb 17, 2008 01:53 AM #9
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Windy Hixson
MOVE HOME REALTY - Riverside, CA
Riverside Ca~h2o Homes Specialist

 

   Don't get me started on my soapbox against @#%$ stupid cameras. I am with Donald on this one!

Mar 29, 2008 07:48 PM #10
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Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS
Audrey, Funny post! I would say your mind is elsewhere!  I'm very thankful we don't have cameras here! I'd be in trouble all the time!  As Realtors, our minds are always going, don't you think?  Ask your CPA if it could be considered a tax deduction, LOL! Hang in there.  Elizabeth
Mar 30, 2008 01:10 AM #11
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Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Realty Services - Darnestown, MD
GRI, Gaithersburg, MD

Windy, since I wrote that article there are MORE cameras.  I will say that it has made me slow down in general.  Just make me crazy that the are everywhere!

Elizabeth, I agree, when I got the last ticket an agent had called me on one of my listings to write and offer and I guess I was so excited I didn't pay attention to my speed.  My husband always gives me the evil eye for my tickets, I just tell him I am helping the kids and their schools. LOL!  I did tell my husband I was going to ask the CPA if we could take deduction. LOL.

Mar 30, 2008 03:17 AM #12
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
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Audrey

I'll give it one more time, three strikes and your out And it is funny since it didn't happen to me

Mar 30, 2008 10:08 AM #13
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Geoff Scowcroft
Coldwell Banker - Studio City, CA
Somehow it feels like cheating using cameras.  In California they use them at stop lights for people who go through the yellow.  Luckily, most itersections have signs that count down so you know when the light is going to change.  By the way, I hear people that you can use a plastic shield in front of the license that relects the flash and makes the license unreadable.  Don't know if it works.
Apr 08, 2008 10:24 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Realty Services - Darnestown, MD
GRI, Gaithersburg, MD
Geoff, I think it is cheating too.  I now have 3 tickets. My husband is not amused :) .  I just telling him I am helping the kids!!  I think there is some sort of spray that is clear, don't really think it works but we would be in bigger trouble if we got caught doing that? 
Apr 08, 2008 10:34 AM #15
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Gene Wunderlich
1st Action Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
Realtor & Legislative Liaison
Heck - for $40 you could run them all day. In our city we've got the stoplight cameras and it is $380 for the first ticket! My daughter got one a few weeks ago with this picture of her leaning forward looking right out her windshield at the camera as if to say - Who Me? Yeah, you. Here's yer ticket.
Apr 08, 2008 10:54 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Realty Services - Darnestown, MD
GRI, Gaithersburg, MD
Gene, That made me laugh, a really good laugh!!  That's funny, I don't who you are!  Wow, $380, yikes that is a lot!!  We need those here at the red light by my office.  Honestly, my light will be green and I could be in the middle of the intersection and people are STILL running the arrow!!  Thanks for the laugh!
Apr 08, 2008 12:04 PM #17
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Dee Nofziger
|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog - Toledo, OH
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Ours in the Toledo,OH area are mostly at busy intersections. I got it last year, or at least my CAR did. I SWEAR my husband was driving it. Or at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Aug 22, 2008 06:10 AM #18
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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Slow it down, speedy! Thanks for sharing this funny story. ~Pat

Jan 11, 2009 01:46 PM #19
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Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
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Audrey- You are certainly helping the economy on Montgomery County. I guess they just fine you and not add points?

Jan 17, 2009 05:32 AM #20
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Teresa K. Nelson
Windermere Real Estate/HLC - Woodinville, WA

My daughter recently got a camera ticket, but since her car is co-owned by her grandmother - guess who the ticket was issued to???? Yeah, Granny was a little angry...

Jan 28, 2009 04:03 AM #21
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