November 18, 2008
November 18, 2008 – Repeat Offender Traffic School
Today I went to traffic school, again…
I get to go again tomorrow for an additional 8 hours. I’m not your typical traffic offender. I’m a “Repeat Offender”. The class is twice as long as the traditional traffic school (8 hrs) but it costs 3 times as much. Surely a punitive measure. It seems silly to me to have a bunch of grown ups circled around a table playing trivia games related to California’s “Rules of the Road.” Like were back in high school, in drivers ed. Most of the people in here knew exactly what they were doing, they just weren’t worried enough about getting a ticket to not do it. Me, well I was just following the flow of traffic. Unintentionally speeding.
I was pretty angry about the whole thing. I had a fare in the car, my speedometer wasn’t calibrated, and the light on the dash that illuminates all of my gauges was burnt out. I actually thought that I may have been going too fast and had started slowing down. The offices solution – well it was to put a sticker underneath the dial for the speedometer stating “Car goes faster than speedometer states.” Nice fix. No expense spared here. I pointed this out to the officer – he didn’t care. I don’t much care for the California Highway Patrol.
My dash lights. The check engine light is always on.