The jaywalking wrap-up
I went to the municipal court on the 13th to deal with the jaywalking ticket. I should have known I was in for it when I got a really good parking place in spite of it being the first day that the legislature meets. I got there early and waited. The judge arrived, explained the procedure, and announced our names– instead of saying “here!”, we had to say “trial” or “prosecutor”. I chose the latter. There were three prosecutors there, all very young! When I was called, my prosecutor was chatty and sweet. Then she gave me my choices, which included paying $153 and staying out of trouble for two months to get it off my record. I asked if that was the deferral option, knowing that Dixie had gotten a deal paying $50 and staying out of trouble for two months. She said yes. We went back and forth– I explained that my friend had gotten her fine reduced to $50 and that I thought $153 was excessive for a first-time offense for something like jaywalking. Her reply was basically that everybody complains about every fine being excessive, and that someone had walked in front of her car on 8th street the other day and the city isn’t putting up with this any more. I whined some more about how silly this whole thing is. She came down to $100. I paid the fine and now I just have to stay out of trouble for two months. I haven’t gotten a ticket in 15 years, and all of the sudden I’m on the lookout for cops at every turn. We went downtown Friday night, and everyone patiently waited with me for crosswalk lights to turn even though there was no traffic. It was painful! No more trips to the illicit dog park for Sweetpea! (I hear that is $150 per dog!)
Anyway, if you get a jaywalking ticket in Austin, it is worth fighting! It was annoying to take a morning off of work for that, but I feel better that it will not be on my record and that the city did not make much money off of me. I was out of there in an hour, so at least it wasn’t an all-day municipal court adventure.
Also in today’s post, a free single! Neko Case and her label ANTI- are donating $5 for every blog post with “People Got a Lotta Nerve” to Best Friends Animal Society. I love her voice, and her love for shelter dogs and cats makes her even more awesome. Click the photo for the mp3, or visit the ANTI- blog to listen without downloading.