I was pulled over about 2 hours ago (11:50pm PST) and recieved a ticket for Expired Tabs and No proof of Insurance for $742.
I have insurance so I'm not worried in that regard (threw the wrong card into my book and the right card away )
Anywho, it was in Covington, Washington along SE 272nd st. I pulled onto the road from a neighborhood and started driving along and when i pulled onto the road (speed limit is 45) the cop was easily 200 feet behind me and hauling ass, because shortly after i pulled onto the road he was riding me so close that i couldn't see anything BUT his headlights in my rear view mirror on a HILL with him behind me (and the bottoms of his headlights were being blocked by part of my tailgate)
what I'm irritated about is that I have no idea why the officer pulled me over i wasn't speeding or anything, the road had just split into two lanes and had changed from 45 to 35 and i had shifted into 3rd gear to slow down and was letting that slow me down as soon as the road split into two lanes he switched on his lights and pulled me over
the officer was a real jerk about the whole thing and this is the first ticket I've gotten by the way.
the conversation between him and i went as follows:
Officer: License, registration, and insurance.
Me: *offers him a registration book with the title, Vehicle ID card, and Insurance card in it* Here you go
Officer: What is that?
Me: it's a small book that has all my information in it *opens it up and hand him the information piece by piece*
Officer: your tabs are expired. :see 1:
Me: they are? crap.. thats what that letter was then.. dang it....
Officer: you know that this card says you don't have any insurance as of September of last year.
Me: WHAT?! oh crap i put the wrong card in there... *hits head* I'm in the middle of moving so my mail has been in boxes and I'm still sorting through it.
Officer: You've been Moving for a year huh? (sneering as he says this)
Officer: hang tight, I'll be right back *leaves and comes back with the ticket*
Officer: Sign here, this is not an admission of guilt.
Me: Ok *signs*
Officer: here. have a better night. (sounding strained to even say it)
1: When i had the title transfered over from my dads name to mine in November of '05, we got the Tabs for '07 cause the tabs that were ON the truck weren't due to expire for another 5 months (March '06) so i forgot to put them on. Then forgot that they had expired (was moving out of my parents house the FIRST time when they expired and i think my Mom threw away the letter saying that i needed to renew them)
I apologize for the long post but what I'm wondering is whether i should contest it or have it Mitigated so that i don't have to pay for the no insurance (or that thing where it isn't put onto your record as long as you have no other infractions for a year).