If you remember a post awhile ago about Mexican instant justice, as you know we are in Northern California right now, and boy have there been changes!
I got a ticket the other day.
California has what are called commute lanes. It is where they are designated for car pools and they are active generally between commute hours.
We were on our way to the airport to fly to Catalina to spend a few days to celebrate La Señora's birthday.
And her birthday just got a little bit more expensive.
What I was use to was that these HOV lanes ( High Occupancy Lanes ) are set up for 2 or more passengers and they start usually between 6 AM to 9AM then at 3PM to 6 or 7PM.
Well they are on the freeway and county that we just came from and they are in most parts of the state.
Except where the cop pulled me over.
There the lanes go to 10AM and you need 3 bodies in the car.
We only had two, and it was 9:52AM
Well, whats a hundred bucks when the state of California needs it? After all the schools need more money, the roads are full of pot holes, and the DMV ( Motor Vehicle Dept) is closed every other Friday because they can't afford to pay the staff.
Well Today in the mail I get the summons.
To my surprise it was only $ 466.00 dollars......
The paramedics have just left and I was told that I need to go to the hospital to get further treatment.
And I thought 200 or 500 pesos was a lot of change to pay for an soiree with the policia......
But on the positive side, I can pay $ 520 dollars plus 75 to a traffic school and the ticket will not be on my record.
Let's see, that's like death by firing squad or Electric chair.
OK, it was my fault, I admit to not knowing the geography of every highway HOV lane in the state, but $ 500 bucks?
The sad thing is that my money will not help the schools or fill any pothole......................
And you wonder why I like life in Patzcuaro.
I constantly think of what my $ 500 dollars would have purchase south of the border. I cannot wait until the car crosses the border in a few weeks and we return to sanity!