*sigh* my second european speeding ticket (first was from Spain, 2008). i was rushing back to the Nena concert after returning to the hotel to get my umbrella and didn’t want to end up too far back in the crowd (even though this was still an hour or two before the concert started–and i really didn’t need to rush, but at the time i didn’t know).
i was expecting this. i saw the flash as i drove by, and even worse, i saw the camera on the side of the road earlier in the day when i drove to the brewery (where the concert was held) the first time. i remember even thinking that i should temper my excitement and be cognizant of my speed, but clearly my mind wandered and my lead foot took over. 60 km/h in a 50. (if i can read the pixely image correctly, i think the camera indicates 63 km/h, but in the letter they note a Toleranzabzug, or margin of error allowance, so i guess that’s -3 km/h.)
the ticket was just €15 (i think because it was 10 km/h or less over), but i had no means of paying it (for the spanish ticket i kept getting reminders every couple of months until they finally implemented online payment) — but twitter to the rescue! it pays to have twitter friends who have german bank accounts! <3 (oh, and in addition to this, sixt charged my credit card a little over €18 for an “administrative fee” — i guess handing over my name and address to the po-po is quite labor-intensive? : .)
@jonk do you need help with that?
— Canan (@_Canan__) October 9, 2012
and the best tweet/advice about this goes to:
— Jonathan Khoo (@jonk) October 9, 2012
(and in case you’re wondering, i haven’t gotten a speeding ticket at home since 1995, my one and only.)