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How's my driving?

I've had my driver's license since I turned 16 in 1994. I've had my own car since I embarked on an out-of-state co-op gig in 1998-9.

I got a new car—a Honda Fit—in December 2008, and its odometer is going to hit 10,000 miles tonight. Until I got this car, I hadn't had so much as a parking ticket or a ding, at least while I was driving it. In the eight or so months since I've had my new car, I've:

  • gotten a red-light citation, via a camera in Howard County
  • gotten into an accident, though it was not my fault, and fortunately the other driver paid for the repairs to my car
  • gotten a speeding citation, via a camera in Montgomery County
  • gotten a parking ticket in DC (I had paid the electronic meter but in my rush missed the sign saying you couldn't park there at the time I was there)

I love my car, but perhaps I should be more careful with it.


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Aug. 19th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Your new car lacks the discreet stealth of your old Neon. :)
Aug. 19th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
3 out of 4 is your local governments being a bunch of thieves (like any other government actually). It says exactly nothing about your _driving_.

And if you read any car blogs you'd know that the recent revenue camera explosion is a huge problem nation-wide. Huge legislative fights are all over where state laws undercut revenue cameras by mandating minimal yellows, banning per-ticket compensation schemes, etc. And just a week ago judge in California threw out thousands of tickets because they were collected with illegal cameras (using per-ticket compensation).

Fit is terrific, I think. It's the heir to the original 1G Scion xB that the redesigned 2G betrayed. Good call.
Aug. 20th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
It's because the fit is so go! It can't be helped...
Aug. 20th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
The last of these bugs me the most
As a computer geek, the last of these bugs me, since if you can't park there, the electronic meter shouldn't accept your payment, either.

Manchester, NH is like that: After 6pm or weekends you don't need to pay the meters, but the electronic meter will still happily accept your payment and give you a receipt during these times.

Re: traffic cameras... it's worth reading up on what the actual laws are in MD. I know from my traffic camera experience in AZ that what the letter coming with the citation says, and what the law actually is, are highly divergent.

Granted, being a careful driver is always the best..
Aug. 24th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
The speed feels like......
What it really comes down to is the Neon felt like it was going 60 when it was going 40 and the Fit feels like its going 40 when its going 60, requiring a bit more attention to the speedo.....

Sep. 6th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
I'm well overdo for a speeding ticket. In Honolulu traffic moves sooooo slow so I should be safe for a while. We've been hit by a moped and a deer, both great for significant body damage and destroying a car. I think if I lived in your area I woul be in trouble. Do you get points added to your license if the traffic offense is documented with a camera? What kind of signs/notices are posted in the electronically monitored areas for speed?
Sep. 6th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
No, you don't get points added to your license for citations from speeding or red-light cameras around here. I think that may be a county-by-county policy. Maybe that's the local governments' way of avoiding even more public outcry about them.

I don't think there are signs posted for red-light cameras, but I think there usually are "Photo Enforced" signs under the speed limit signs where applicable. I guess those should be taken more seriously than the "Speed Enforced by Aircraft" signs you see occasionally -- I mean, really?
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