ORDER OF SUSPENSION
Your driving privilege is suspended as of Sep 03, 2006 as a condition of probation and cannot be reinstated before Mar 02, 2007 and until you file proof of financial responsibility.
This action is taken under Vehicle Code Section 14103, 12809E, 13359, and 14250 because department records show that, due to traffic convcitions and/or accidents, you are presumed to be a negligent operator as defined in section 12810.5 V.C.. A summary of your driving record is enclosed. Recent convictions or accidents may not be shown.
Department of Motor Vehicles
Four points on your driving record within a one-year timeframe and you’re screwed. This is my summary.
1. Speeding ticket in the South Bay (May 2005).
2. Speeding ticket on my way to Burning Man (August 2005).
3. The DMV subjected me to another point on my driving record because I failed to show up in the Wadsworth Nevada court for my speeding ticket. I tried to contest this with the Nevada court, but they refused to do anything…even though I paid the ticket. “How am I supposed to show up in a Nevada court when I live in San Francisco?”
4. Car accident. I got side-swiped by a street sweep cleaner and I, ironically, was the one at fault. Picture this. I’m driving up Pine Street which is a one-way street, three lanes. I’m in the left-most lane. A street sweep cleaner is parked, its blinkers are flashing. I need to get around him because I need to make a left turn. I switch to the middle lane, pass the street sweep cleaner, then go ahead and make my left turn…and that’s when the idiot driver decides to continue on his route…so he bangs into me. I know this all sounds complicated so I actually diagrammed it out below.
To this day, I haven’t gotten it fixed because I’m cheap and I don’t care about my crappy car. As long as it works. A police man came. He sympathized with me, but told me it was technically my fault and luckily no one was hurt.
I shouldn’t be driving. My license should have been suspended for six months.
I requested a hearing. I pleaded my case, focusing on the two points I received for one speeding ticket. The officer agreed and since then I have been on probation. Points on your record are removed two years after the violation date. The first one comes off in May. Until then, slow and steady at the wheel.