My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Washington, Spokane County/City
I guess this is what I get for being proud of my spotless driving record! Today I was driving a company vehicle down a hill in the city of Spokane, for work purposes. The posted speed limit on this road is 30mph, but traffic generally moves 35-40mph both up and down the hill, and often other drivers will be very impatient if you go 35 or below. So I have been in the habit of moving at similar speeds, even in cases like today when I was the only vehicle on the stretch of road. Unfortunately I got careless about braking (this is a steep hill which even if you start at 30 at the top if you don't brake severely and often you could easily be doing 60 at the bottom with no gas applied) and was doing about 45 as I approached the bottom of the hill.
The officer was very polite and professional and actually gave a break on the ticket only ticketing me for 40 in the 30, even though his laser clocked me at 45.
My question is, what's the best chance I have of keeping the ticket off my record? As I drive for a living the cleanest possible driving record is beneficial to me, even if it costs more in the short term. (Of course, I would prefer to pay the minimum practical, as well, but that's a lower priority!)
I've heard suggestions from my coworkers of either deferring the ticket or possibly enrolling in a traffic safety course of some kind as a way to keep it from going on my record. Is there an "ideal"?
Thanks for any suggestions and information!