If a Tree Falls in a Forest … A Tale of Unnecessary Traffic Tickets

Written by Gregory Monte.

Last week I discussed the fact that most states require motorists to signal even if no other car is anywhere near you: Now This Would Be a Silly Ticket …  I used the word “silly” in the title of that post for obvious reasons.  After all, what possible function does that signal serve if no one is there to actually see it?

Which brings to mind philosopher George Berkeley’s famous question: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Hopefully you get my comparison.

But I know of one particular group of people who don’t get it – the Traffic Ticket Nazis.

Traffic Ticket Nazi, noun: An individual who believes that tickets should be issued to all motorists for every minor traffic infraction. 

  • 1 mph over the limit?  Ticket.
  • Failure to signal at a deserted intersection?  Ticket.
  • Roll through a stop sign when no one is within 200 feet of the intersection?  Ticket.
  • Air freshener “obstructing” the front window?  Ticket.

On my Facebook page these individuals write criticisms like the following:

  • “If you do the crime, you do the time.”
  • “If you want to dance, you have to pay the fiddler.”

Sage advice, no?

I started this blog and website to help motorists beat “silly” traffic tickets like these.  My inspiration was a “silly” ticket my son received back in 2018 for allegedly rolling through a stop sign when no one was within several hundred feet of the intersection in question.  My determination to find a way to beat his ticket led me to develop a three-prong Traffic Ticket Defense Strategy which he actually used to win in court. 

If you received a “silly” ticket and are pissed off enough to want to find a way to possibly beat it, check out my free eBooks.


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