Let me tell you a tale. A tale of how sometimes, going against the system will serve you well.
There may be many out there who constantly go against the system… whatever works for you.
This story is about testing, questioning, and not taking things at face value… and one day this type of example might just help you.
I received a speeding fine a while back. As it was, I opened the fine on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas.
Great. Just great.
The fine was in Hubbie’s name, only because the insurance is… but as I retraced the steps of the offending date and time, I saw with sadness that it was definitely me driving my car.
What was more annoying was it was in a 50 zone. I was apparently doing an estimated 54-57 kms an hour, in a residential street not far from where I lived… and I hadn’t even realised it was a 50 zone.
After going through the paperwork to get it transferred to my name, weeks passed and I was set to begrudgingly pay it.
But then one evening, I drove into that same street. With curiosity, I kept on the lookout, and realised that the 50km/h street sign for the street, appeared once, only at the beginning of my street entrance… and it was slightly turned inwards. Towards the houses.
AWAY FROM ME.
On that particular day too, there was a truck parked out the front of a house, near that sign, which practically obstructed all vision of it.
I started to think.
Vandalism of some sort had occurred, making the visibility of the sign very difficult. I then remembered how I was surprised it was a 50 street…. a parallel street nearby which is also residential, is in fact a 60 zone.
I had naturally assumed this one would be the same.
I had a chat to Hubbie, and he encouraged me to go for it. Go online and appeal. I was tentative only because the fine was due soon, and I figured they would take my delay as a last-ditch attempt to avoid paying, and not because I had seriously come across some interesting information that might help my case.
But… I appealed.
Today as I got home from work I saw a letter in my name. Knowing I was due for an answer from them anytime now, I ripped open the envelope with hesitation and fury.
“You did it?” Hubbie came over and I started reading out the letter excitedly.
The infringement had been withdrawn. They still concluded that an offence had been made, but in light of the evidence provided, I was let off with a warning.
A warning! Oh what sweet words!
Of course, this means I cannot appeal any similar related infringements within a 2 year period IF I get them… which I won’t. I’m super duper careful now. 😉
But if I hadn’t tried… that would have been a couple of hundred dollars out of my pocket… and a few demerit points also gone.
But I tried. I had nothing to lose.
Neither do you 🙂