All I really wanted for Christmas was a safe, quick trip home for the holidays
in Hanford, CA. I discovered that relying on my driving experience from
my home state is not the best way to handle the infamous I-5. The result
was not what I expected, but not as bad as it could have been with the
heavy traffic and distracted drivers everywhere along the way home. It
wasn’t exactly, “over the river and through the woods”
to grandmother’s house in Hanford.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Though I would have preferred a flight into Fresno Yosemite International
Airport on my trip to see family for Christmas in California, I was routed
through LA. When I got to the airport, I checked a few apps that showed
the accidents along the route I would be driving. I wanted to ensure a
safe, quick trip. In my home area, it is rare to see more than one wreck
every couple of weeks. To my surprise, there were more than a dozen police
warnings that I might encounter along my route.
After I grabbed my baggage and hopped a shuttle to my rental car, I noticed
something. In LAX, drivers are extremely aggressive, far more so than
last time I was here. Law enforcement at the airport was obviously dedicated
to more important matters than sane driving. And, after leaving the airport,
it was quickly evident that everywhere in LA is bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Renting a Car for a Safe, Quick Trip to Hanford
The car I rented was fantastic. I'm glad it had a late model GPS because
I hadn’t negotiated California highways for a long time and these
certainly weren’t what I remembered, and with family five hours
away in Hanford, it was not going to be safe, quick trip… well,
safe would be good even if not quick.
For any road trip, I am always prepared. I had water, snacks, my cell,
and a couple forms of ID. I also made sure that every light on the car
was working on the rental, no dark tinting that would obstruct my view,
the rental contracts in the glove box, and the brakes were firm. All systems
check! I've heard that any of these things could result in the CHP
pulling a driver over for a check. That's not something I wanted to
deal with on this trip. I also heard there are more speeding tickets issued
between LAX and San Francisco in a rental car than in any other type of
vehicle. I should have heeded that warning even though I wasn’t
traveling to San Fran.
Speeding Ticket on I-5 Outside LA
All the cars around me were driving like they had not a care in the world.
The speed limit signs read 70 mph, but everyone was going well over that.
So, I thought I should just keep pace and speeded up to match everyone
else's pace. Before long, I was humming along with the song on the
radio and enjoying the trip. Well, until I saw the flashing red lights
in the mirror!
To make a stressful story short, my safe, quick trip home for the holidays
took a detour on I-5 when the officer gave me a speeding ticket and told
me because it was my first one. He saw that I was from out of state, and
explained that the overall fine would probably be around $250. Later,
my uncle told me he was just trying to scare me because they don’t
arrest people in CA for infractions anymore. But, if I didn’t pay
it, there would be a civil assessment added to my ticket, which would
make it very close to $1000 total.
My uncle gave me the number for Bigger & Harman.
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