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My First Written Warning Notice For Traffic Violation

Published October 23, 2017

On Friday, I was driving back to the office midday and a police officer pulled me over. It was right after I made a right turn, so I knew I was not speeding.  I honestly had no clue why he pulled me over. It turned out, I supposedly made a right at a red light - I am almost positive it was green, I mean, I know that corner very well. In any event, that is not what this story is about...

The cop took my license and went back to his car.  At this point, I had a gut feeling he was going to give me a warning. But he came back out of the car with my license and an additional piece of paper. I was upset, I was going to get a ticket and a fine.  But when he handed me the paper, it said "warning notice."  He explained he is just given me a notice this time and I shouldn't do it again.   I took the notice, thanked him and went on my way.

I never knew cops gave written notices. It appears that the notice goes into the police departments internal system so they can look it up and see if next time they should give you a real ticket or not.  It says on the bottom of the warning notice "this notice does not require your appearance in court, however, this is kept on file at the Police Headquarters, and other similar violation within 6 months could result in a summons being issued."

Here is a picture of the notice:

So there are no fees, points or insurance issues with this warning.

I got lucky here and I know it.

The main reason I posted this were two fold; (a) I took the photo above of the cop car in the read view mirror and I think it came out pretty nice and (b) there isn't that much content on the web around these written police warnings.

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Barry Schwartz is the CEO of RustyBrick, a New York Web service firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales. Barry is also the founder of the Search Engine Roundtable and the News Editor of Search Engine Land. He is well known & respected for his expertise in the search marketing industry. Barry graduated from the City University of New York and lives with his family in the NYC region.

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