Q&A - Worth disputing the penalty for use of electronic device while driving?
First the background. Got pulled over last week for checking a message on my cell phone. Traffic was bumper to bumper and not moving. The reason I checked my phone was, I let someone I had a meeting with know I would not be able to make it because of the traffic. I rarely ever pick up my phone when I'm driving. I have been driving since the late 70's and this is only the second time I've ever been pulled over and given a ticket. The last time I was pulled over and issued a ticket was over 30 years ago. So the fine is $167 plus 3 points. I'm willing to pay for the monetary part of the fine since I did check my phone but having 3 points on my license for 5 years seems excessive. Would it be worth it to dispute the penalty point of the ticket based on my driving record? Is the court able to reduce the penalty?