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First Speeding Ticket!

“Slow down, buddy, what’s the rush?” Today (May 20th) in 1899, the first speeding ticket was issued to Jacob German, a cab driver for the Electric Vehicle Company in Manhattan. No surprises there, right?

What is surprising is how fast German was driving when he was pulled over by a bicycle patrolman by the name of Schueller. In order to be pulled over by a bicycle cop, you can’t be going very fast, at least not by modern standards. According to Schueller’s report, German was tearing down Lexington Avenue at the hair-raising speed of 12 miles per hour.

All things considered, we can understand how 12 miles per hour could be a dangerous speed. Automobiles had yet to become the dominant means of transportation and were sharing the roads with large numbers of horses, bicyclists, and pedestrians, most of whom had no concept of yielding to vehicular traffic.

Cars and other vehicles have since completely taken over the roadways and speed limits have increased, but one thing remains the same. If you try to drive 12 miles per hour down Manhattan’s Lexington Avenue today, you’ll still get a ticket. It’ll just be for obstructing traffic instead of speeding.

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- Teresa Santoski

First Speeding Ticket

I love finding history stuff like this, thanks Teresa for your informative article.

Ronald Cupp PhD




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We at are constantly looking for things to keep things in perspective and a smile on our faces as we fight and beat all traffic tickets, including speeding, red light, commuter lane, stop sign, cell phone and seat belt tickets.

Just something a little light hearted…you may have already seen it but…This is well worth the read, at some time or another it was us!

“$5.37.” That’s what the kid behind the counter at Taco Bell said to me. I dug into my pocket and pulled out some lint and two dimes and something that used to be a Jolly Rancher. Having already handed the kid a five-spot, I started to head back out to the truck to grab some change, when the kid with the Elmo hairdo said the harshest thing anyone has ever said to me.   He said, “It’s OK. I’ll just give you the senior citizen discount.”

I turned to see who he was talking to and then heard the sound of change hitting the counter in front of me.

“Only $4.68,” he said cheerfully.

I stood there stupefied. I am 58, not even 60 yet.  A mere child!  Senior citizen? I took my burrito and walked out to the truck, wondering what was wrong with Elmo. Was he blind? As I sat in the truck, my blood began to boil. Old? Me? I’ll show him, I thought. I opened the door and headed back inside. I strode to the counter, and there he was waiting with a smile.

Before I could say a word, he held up something and jingled it in front of me, like I could be that easily distracted! What am I now? A toddler?

“Dude! Can’t get too far without your car keys, eh?”

I stared with utter disdain at the keys. I began to rationalize in my mind. “Leaving keys behind hardly makes a man elderly! It could happen to anyone!”

I turned and headed back to the truck. I slipped the key into the ignition, but it wouldn’t turn.

What now? I checked my keys and tried another. Still nothing. That’s when I noticed the purple beads hanging from my rearview mirror. I had no purple beads hanging from my rearview mirror.

Then, a few other objects came into focus. The car seat in the back seat. Happy Meal toys spread all over the floorboard. A partially eaten doughnut on the dashboard. Faster than you can say ginkgo biloba, I flew out of the alien vehicle.

Moments later I was speeding out of the parking lot, relieved to finally be leaving this nightmarish stop in my life. That is when I felt it, deep in the bowels of my stomach: hunger! My stomach growled and churned, and I reached to grab my burrito, only it was nowhere to be found.

I swung the truck around, gathered my courage, and strode back into the restaurant one final time. There Elmo stood, draped in youth and black nail polish. All I could think was, “What is the world coming to?”

All I could say was, “Did I leave my food and drink in here?” At this point I was ready to ask a Boy Scout to help me back to my vehicle, and then go straight home and apply for Social Security benefits.

Elmo had no clue. I walked back out to the truck, and suddenly a young lad came up and tugged on my jeans to get my attention. He was holding up a drink and a bag. His mother  explained, “I think you left this in my truck by mistake.”

I took the food and drink from the little boy and sheepishly apologized.

He offered these kind words, “It’s OK.   My grandfather does stuff like this all the time.”

All of this is to explain how I got a ticket doing 85 in a 40. Yes, I was racing some punk kid in a Toyota Prius. And, no, I told the officer, I’m not too old to be driving this fast.

As I walked in the front door, my wife met me halfway down the hall. I handed her a bag of cold food and a $300 speeding ticket. I promptly sat in my rocking chair and covered up my legs with a blankey.

The good news was I had successfully found my way home.


Just in case you weren’t feeling too old today – - -

The people who are starting college this fall were born in 1991.

They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

Their lifetime has always included AIDS.

The CD was introduced two years before they were born.

They have always had an answering machine.

They have always had cable.

Popcorn has always been microwaved.

They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

They don’t know who Mork was or where he was from.

They never heard, “Where’s the Beef?”, “I’d walk a mile for a Camel,” or “de plane, Boss, de plane.”

They don’t have a clue how to use a typewriter.

Always have to keep you on the lighter side of these things or you will prune up like a raisin. Even in the mist of battle with the legal traffic system and  dealing with the harshness of the unforgiving Traffic Commissioners, we have to keep a smile on our faces and minds to keep things in perspective.

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We at Caticketbusters are constantly looking for things to keep things in perspective and a smile on our faces as we fight and beat all traffic tickets, including radar speeding, red light, commuter lane, stop sign, cell phone and seat belt tickets. Keep an eye on our Caticketbusters Blog for legal, instructional, self help in the traffic arena, and of course, the lighter side of the traffic ticket system!

Got this sent to me from a friend who could not stop laughing. His son is in the military fighting for our rights here at home, and can’t understand the law enforcement’s so uptight and focused on giving traffic tickets instead of trying to focus their attention on more needed areas of law enforcement. You know, hit and runs, burglary, arson, rape, murder. Nope, got to stay focused on the traffic ticket revenue until a crime is committed, then we will investigate.

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How Fast Did That Say??

Two California Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on I-15, just north of the Marine Corps Air Station at  Miramar  . One of the officers was using a hand held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching the crest of a hill..  The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading 300 miles per hour. The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and then turned off. 
Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact locked on to a USMC F/A-18 Hornet  (Northrop Grumman aircraft) which was engaged in a low flying exercise near the location.

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