If you’ve ever had the pleasure of being transported anywhere in the ShaMobile, you’ll know that I like to, shall we say, reduce the time it takes to get from point A to point B by increasing my velocity. Okay, I like to drive fast. I’d been lucky up to this point, (my first and only ticket was in 1998 in Albuquerque) but Tuesday night, my luck ran out.
I was driving on the 880 around 9 o’ clock, doing my usual Speedy Sha thing, when from out of nowhere (honestly!) the flashing lights appeared. After that, I had to partake in Yar’s least favorite part of being pulled over: interacting with the police officer, when really you just want them to give you the ticket and let you be on your way.
Officer Lady: Do you know why I pulled you over?
OL: Do you know the speed limit here?
OL: Do you know how fast you were going?
Me: I’m not sure.
OL: I had you at about 90.
Now, an interjection: while I do believe that at some point I probably hit 90 MPH, I don’t believe my average speed was 90; probably closer to 80 or 85. While still speeding, it’s psychologically (and literally) not as fast.
So anyway, I signed the citation and she told me I should receive something in the mail in 4-6 weeks.
However, last night, I checked the ticket more closely, and realized that the address she had written was my old one, not my current one. While I have updated my address with the DMV, I never got a new drivers license issued. I assumed that when she looked up my information in the computer, my new address would show up, but no such luck. Since the address is from 2 moves ago, I’m not sure my mail is still being forwarded, so I decided to call the number on the ticket to get the address changed. After being put on hold for about 20 minutes (and being forced to listen to some awful smooth jazz,) someone finally answered. I told her the situation, and her answer was, “There’s no way we can change the address on the ticket.” After some prodding, she told me that the ticket won’t be in “The System” for 4 to 6 weeks, after which time I can call and have the address changed.