Ticketed for using my high beams in a potentially dangerous situation

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FL sounds a bit ridiculous if things stay on your record forever (75 years). Sounds abit like BS to me. I just googled for Texas, and everything I saw says it's only 3 years here.
The points fall off after 3 years. The record still remains.
 

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75 years for case law in FL. Not civil traffic.
 

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One trick for the future, if you’re approaching a vehicle with high beams on, look to the right edge of your lane away from the beams so that the center of your vision isn’t dazzled after they pass. You can still center yourself in the lane using the right markings and your vision should return to normal more quickly.
 

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One trick for the future, if you’re approaching a vehicle with high beams on, look to the right edge of your lane away from the beams so that the center of your vision isn’t dazzled after they pass. You can still center yourself in the lane using the right markings and your vision should return to normal more quickly.
Assuming there's a fog line (or something else which is distinctive along R edge of pavement). That's not always the case, especially on rural roads. Good advice in general though
 

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Just don’t look directly into the high beams, and most of the time you’ll be fine. I assumed this was common (universal) knowledge, though.
 

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On my way home in Pennsylvania i was ticketed for high beaming a cop. He was traveling uphill and i was traveling downhill. The road curved to the left and down in front of me. As youd imagine, his lights were blinding me. I then, instinctively, turned my high beams on to see the road in front. ( the area has a huge deer population from my experience driving there and i try to see as far as i possibly can, especially in the dark, in PA, and while in a corner. He pulled me over and wrote me ticket. I asked him why he didn’t write a warning (as i was licensed and mostly drive in NYC, where every taxi driver and their mother drive with light bars and high beams, you name it and the cops dont really care) and he responded with “this isnt nyc; i could have but i chose to write you a ticket.” I tried explaining to him further that i was traveling downhill right after cresting a hill, in a sedan with a lower ride height, and that his suv’s low beams were blinding me. I pleaded with him that i was getting blinded and i need to turn my high beams on and his response was “ i didn’t build the road” and “i didn’t choose your car”.
What are my options?
P.S. I have dashcam footage. Footage shows i turned my beams on about 40 feet away. But footage also shows a huge amount of glare coming from his headlights.
"i could have but i chose to write you a ticket.” what a prick....
 

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I’d say go for it and try fighting it in court but unfortunately if they want that money bad enough you’re probably not gonna prevail at all. I mean after all, you did have your brights on. Did he have his brights on or could you even tell.

It’s good that you have to ask him for it but the problem is, so does he, more than likely.

I’ll try not to hijack your thread too much but I had a similar issue that happened with me as well. And well I guess if my boss hadn’t of had this thousand dollar, two-way dash-cam on the windshield of this truck, I probably would’ve been a stuck with a $270 ticket for improper passing of a stationary vehicle.

The video recording showed that because I was loaded, I wasn’t even up to speed yet I was still 10 miles an hour under the speed limit and I saw him there behind a car that he had pulled over so I moved over and split the center stripe with the hood of my truck, but that wasn’t enough. Oh, and it was on a two-lane highway.

About a mile up the road, ole Barney pulls me over. Long story short, I ended up with a ticket and even after hiring a lawyer because- at the time, my boss with the insurance package we had, came with Legal Shield.

Well, at least I didn’t have to take time off work to go to the first court hearing because my lawyer stood in for me but almost a month later for the second court hearing, I still had to be there because even after they reviewed the recording, I guess it wasn’t enough proof to drop the charge but at least they reduced it to $200 and dropped it down to a parking ticket so at least that way it’s stayed off my record and off my boss’s record but it was still a crock of shit because no matter what, it was pertinently clear they were going to get their money one way or the other.

They said I could take the deal now or we could give it until next time, after they’ve had a chance to pull the dash cam footage from Barney’s car and go from there which, I knew that was gonna be a lot less flattering up an angle and probably would’ve ended up paying the ticket is charged so I just left it at that.


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I’d say go for it and try fighting it in court but unfortunately if they want that money bad enough you’re probably not gonna prevail at all. I mean after all, you did have your brights on. Did he have his brights on or could you even tell.

It’s good that you have to ask him for it but the problem is, so does he, more than likely.

I’ll try not to hijack your thread too much but I had a similar issue that happened with me as well. And well I guess if my boss hadn’t of had this thousand dollar, two-way dash-cam on the windshield of this truck, I probably would’ve been a stuck with a $270 ticket for improper passing of a stationary vehicle.

The video recording showed that because I was loaded, I wasn’t even up to speed yet I was still 10 miles an hour under the speed limit and I saw him there behind a car that he had pulled over so I moved over and split the center stripe with the hood of my truck, but that wasn’t enough. Oh, and it was on a two-lane highway.

About a mile up the road, ole Barney pulls me over. Long story short, I ended up with a ticket and even after hiring a lawyer because- at the time, my boss with the insurance package we had, came with Legal Shield.

Well, at least I didn’t have to take time off work to go to the first court hearing because my lawyer stood in for me but almost a month later for the second court hearing, I still had to be there because even after they reviewed the recording, I guess it wasn’t enough proof to drop the charge but at least they reduced it to $200 and dropped it down to a parking ticket so at least that way it’s stayed off my record and off my boss’s record but it was still a crock of shit because no matter what, it was pertinently clear they were going to get their money one way or the other.

They said I could take the deal now or we could give it until next time, after they’ve had a chance to pull the dash cam footage from Barney’s car and go from there which, I knew that was gonna be a lot less flattering up an angle and probably would’ve ended up paying the ticket is charged so I just left it at that.
Would taking it to the next step have cost them more than $70? If the answer to that is yes, then you should have taken it to the next step. First goal is not having to pay. Second goal should be to reduce their profit margins as much as possible, or even make their net profit negative (in that they spent more getting the money from you than they got from you). I really don't care what it costs me to do that. F**k the LEOs and the courts. I once spent over 10x the amount of a parking ticket (on a flight, rental car, etc.) to show up in court to make sure that the damn city didn't get its money.
 

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Would taking it to the next step have cost them more than $70? If the answer to that is yes, then you should have taken it to the next step. First goal is not having to pay. Second goal should be to reduce their profit margins as much as possible, or even make their net profit negative (in that they spent more getting the money from you than they got from you). I really don't care what it costs me to do that. F**k the LEOs and the courts. I once spent over 10x the amount of a parking ticket (on a flight, rental car, etc.) to show up in court to make sure that the damn city didn't get its money.
Well, you know, I don’t know if appearing in court for the third time would’ve helped me out or not. I really feel like it was just gonna be another roll of the dice just see if I could go for more or lose it all and I just chose to leave it at that because when he mentioned reviewing the footage of the camera in the squad car that’s gonna show a whole lot different and much less flattering angle than the windshield mounted camera in my truck was not going to show.

I wanted to fight it further but with me being a truck driver in a CMV, the odds were stacked pretty high against me as it was. Even my lawyer said to be lucky I got what I got and that if I didn’t have that video that, I woulda been really screwed.


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