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Do Drivers of Red Cars Get More Speeding Tickets?

Friday, Jan 20th, 2012
How many people do you think forgo purchasing that cherry-red car of their dreams... in order to avoid getting speeding tickets? It's a common idea that drivers in red cars attract the attention of cops over more neutral colored cars around them... even if they're going the same speed as everyone else! There's no conclusive data that shows whether or not this is true... or simply a myth. We've helped people who received traffic tickets in just about every color and type of car, so we don't have much conclusive data on the matter, either.

"Drivers of Red Cars Do Get More Tickets"

Walter Meyer, former Comedy traffic school instructor, and creator of Road Smartz (a game that teaches safe driving), once got access to the AAA's library in Los Angeles where he found a host of information on car color and accident/ticket statistics. "According to the chart," he said, "drivers of red cars do get more tickets and in more accidents per capita than any other color." But he thinks the figures more accurately represent the type of people who buy them and the way they drive their cars. "Camaros, Mustangs and Porsches come in fire-engine red. They don't make Buicks and Cadillacs in bright red because the senior drivers who buy those cars don't want red. A red Porsche looks fast even it's parked; a beige Buick could be doing 120 and look parked. People who buy red cars want to drive fast, so it makes sense they will get more tickets and get in more accidents," he added. Great point, Walt!

From a Former Motorcycle Officer's Perspective

Officer Steve Davis from the Edgewater Police Department said, "I can tell you as a former traffic motorcycle officer, no," (referring to if drivers in red cars get more tickets). "I remember hearing that even back in the 80's when I was a traffic motorcycle officer for Denver Police. I have written thousands of traffic tickets and cannot ever remember focusing on one because the car was red. I think that would be shared with most traffic officers these days as well, especially since sports cars come in LOUD colors of all types." If you're thinking about NOT getting that red car you've been dreaming of, maybe Officer Davis' insight will help. We think, as drivers, our focus should be on being a safer driver rather than focusing on evading potential tickets or on not standing out.

Driving a slow, silver car won't necessarily help either

Confession time. I work for TicketKick, and yes, I once received a speeding ticket (56 in a 50 zone)... get this... in my SILVER SMART CAR, which is probably one of the slowest cars on the road! Yeah, I guess it's noticeable because it's different, but it certainly wasn't red or bright. I actually saw the officer as I passed him, and my perception was that he was NOT focused on my car at all, rather, on what his lidar device was telling him. Sarah Lee Marks of www.mycarlady.com thinks that it has more to do with the individual. "As an auto dealer and personal car concierge, I have noted that rarely is the car color the point of first contention, but more often the driver of a red car has chosen the color because it suits their personality," she said. ...and I'd have to agree with that. If you're getting a lot of tickets, it may not be the car color you have to change. It may be your need for speed. So if that's the case, go on a roller coaster, go skydiving (please consult your doctor first!), but slow down on the road. Your need for speed has no comparison to the need we all have to keep eachother safe. Our President and Founder, Greg Muender, loves to drive fast (I mean LOVES!). But he keeps his need for speed in a controlled setting- he actually took up race car driving on a race track! He knows that even if you're a great driver, you can't control the other unforeseen elements of the road- potholes, gusts of wind, other cars getting in front of you, or your own lack of control. These types of things are considered when speed limits are set. So get on a real racetrack if you have engine fuel in your veins like he does. You may also want to consider a radar detector. I don't believe in using them to figure out what areas are "safe" to speed in without getting tickets, rather, to use it as a reminder to watch your speed. I have one, and it really helps me do just that. Now go get that bright red T-Bird you've been aching for.

Nightmare Ticket Stories

Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2012

Everyone gets traffic tickets...

...and when it comes to horrible traffic ticket stories, we've heard it all. When our customers give us the nitty-gritty details of their ticket scenario, we beg them to spare us the part where they "really, really had to go to the bathroom", and the cop was just not letting them go, so they wet themselves right there in the car! (True story). Honestly, if that's happened to you, it's probably not enough to convince the judge to dismiss your case. (If you were planning to use that defense, please, please spare yourself the embarrassment in court and leave it to the pros to come up with defenses, aka, TicketKick, duh!) With all of the stories we try to tune out due to their sheer cringy-ness, there are some that we legitimately think were unnecessarily rude, wrong, or simply horrible on the part of the officer or government. Now, let me interject myself: we support police officers. Yes! They're out there to keep our roads safe, and that's the number one priority. We don't, however, support abuse, unnecessary rudeness to the everyday driver, or tickets generated to raise revenue for the government. We asked Californians to send us their traffic ticket nightmare stories. We asked how they felt about how they were dealt with, and if they feel that the incident justified the fine.

"Just a scam to generate revenue"

Comedian Dan Nainan (www.danielnainan.com) travels from New York to Los Angeles every year for our weather and to perform. While in LA, he got pulled over after making a right turn at an intersection. Although he didn't quite understand why he was getting pulled over, the cop wrote him the ticket. "I decided to contest the ticket," he said. "The policeman came and spoke to me and said that I could plead guilty and pay the fine, but avoid any points point on my license, or any information going to my insurance company. He was very nice about it, and I actually felt grateful." Until he got the fine in the mail. "You know much the ticket was? FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS! I realized that this whole thing is just a scam to generate revenue, and it is disgusting! Because of this experience, I'm seriously considering not going to Los Angeles anymore and just toughing out the winters in New York, where one does not have to have a freaking car." Well said, Dan.

"Traffic tickets WERE intended as a safe driving measure"

Ben Schorr, CEO of www.rolandschorr.com received a ticket for supposedly doing 56 in a 50 zone. Fortunately, he was able to get his fine lowered and the violation knocked off his record because the judge thought the officer was silly for citing him for such a low speed (compared to much higher tickets given!). Ben certainly got an eye opener on how the whole system works. "Speaking to my friends who are LAPD officers, they told me that while they don't have any quota for tickets to write in a shift, their shift commander knows how many tickets they usually write in a shift and if they're considerably below (or above) that number, they might get asked why it was so different. I think that the traffic tickets were intended as a safe driving measure but I think in some areas, especially in these difficult budget times, they have occasionally been perverted to be a revenue-generator."

"I had never gotten a ticket because I always followed the rules"

My favorite was from Jane Angelich of www.supercollar.com. She said, "I have received one ticket in my 43 years of driving, and it was in California in 1991 while teaching my 15.5 year-old son to drive. As we were approaching our house, I began the lecture about how I had never gotten a ticket because I always followed the rules when operating the car. My son then informed me that my track record was about to change because the police car following me with the lights ablaze was about to pull me over. I was supposedly clocked going 40 mph in my own 25 mph residential area. I was so adamant that it was unjustified that I did go to traffic court and fight it. My son and I actually measured the distance between the two stop signs where we were stopped and compared it with the 0-60 performance of my car. It showed that the car couldn't get to 40 miles per hour at the point we were stopped. We prepared an elaborate visual, went to court and made the presentation to the judge. The officer that issued the ticket spoke first about the calibration of his radar gun and then I spoke. I thought I proved my case when the judge asked the officer to come behind the bench and they began whispering. But, I was found guilty and given the choice to go to traffic school, which I took to avoid the points. So much for my perfect driving record and my son, now 35, still reminds me of that great driving lesson."

Sushi Roll

The biggest complaint we hear is on red light camera tickets. California's red light fines are about $500, plus a point on your driving record, and most people feel that the systems are simply revenue generators. I haven't heard from too many folks who thought that making a right turn on a red without coming to complete stop before the limit line justified such a high fine. Blowing across the intersection, sure. But in reality, almost 75% of the red light camera cases we handle are NOT the type where the driver blew straight through the light. From my personal experience, if a cop's sitting there and you make that "California roll" (get the "sushi roll" heading now?), he wouldn't pull you over. I'm just sayin'...

Share your traffic ticket story!

Got a traffic ticket nightmare story you'd love to share? I'd love to hear it. Send it to: sara@ticketkick.com.

TicketKick's New Year Resolution: Celebrate Their Employees

Saturday, Jan 14th, 2012

TicketKick®, a California based legal document service helping drivers beat traffic tickets, rolls out their Employee Appreciation Initiative, aimed at fostering a fun work atmosphere, honoring their employees' hard work, and creating a positive and meaningful experience within the company.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 30, 2011 TicketKick, California's fastest growing legal document assistant helping drivers contest speeding tickets, red light camera tickets, and other common traffic infractions, has recently launched an Employee Appreciation Initiative, to supplement their customer service initiatives already underway. Their plans include providing health benefits, personal growth classes, personal allowances to decorate each employee's office, family and friends' discount of TicketKick's services, snacks and beverages available for free in the office, and fun employee outings and bonuses when company goals are met throughout the year. "It's a joy to work at TicketKick, I get to help people who desperately need help with their ticket all day long in a great, low pressure working environment," said Lewis Guess, one of TicketKick's Customer Service Representatives. To kick off their initiatives, the company recently treated their employees to a steakhouse dinner in downtown San Diego and two Disneyland tickets as a gift to each employee. TicketKick's founder and President, Greg Muender gave a speech, thanking each employee individually for their hard work and dedication to the company and announced his upcoming plans with the Employee Appreciation Initiative. Muender, recently inspired by the book, "Peak" by Chip Conley, said "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs can be applied to employees very easily. As the leader of the company, it's my job to ensure that our employees have all levels of their "needs pyramid" met. We've got to lay the proper foundation with wages and benefits. Then, we've got to create a sense of community, somewhere people actually want to do work. Finally, we need to empower our employees to allow them to feel that their work is meaningful and impactful. We are really excited to roll out our new initiative, not only because we can show our appreciation to our amazing existing team, but we can attract new talent to come work at a great place." TicketKick is confident that by investing in their employees, their bottom line will benefit. They look forward to continuing to add great employees to their team and to continue to grow as a company. Their goal is to help 12,200 people fight traffic violations in 2012. About TicketKick® TicketKick is a registered and bonded legal document assistant in California, providing self help services in assisting drivers to beat traffic tickets, using a similar service model to companies such as LegalZoom and E*Trade. TicketKick works with traffic attorneys and law school graduates who work together to complete legal documents in a ministerial manner at the specific direction of the customer with the goal of helping the customer obtain a ticket dismissal. About 70% of TicketKick's customers receive a dismissal of their ticket. TicketKick offers an industry exclusive money back guarantee for customers who may be found guilty after using their services. TicketKick Customer Service Representatives can be reached at (800) 580-1902. For press inquiries, TicketKick's Vice President can be reached at (619) 569-1001. ###
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TicketKick® Celebrates Grand Opening of Two Authorized Service Centers in Southern California

Saturday, Jan 14th, 2012

TicketKick® helps drivers fight traffic tickets in California, and recently celebrated the grand opening of their first two TicketKick Authorized Service Centers in West Covina and Baldwin park, expanding their service from exclusively phone and online to in-store locations for people who want professional help in contesting red light camera tickets, speeding tickets, and other common traffic tickets.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 27, 2011 Within just a few years, TicketKick has become the fastest growing legal document service, helping over 500 drivers per month fight traffic tickets through the mail. Until recently, their customers could either sign up for the service online, or over the phone. This month, TicketKick celebrated the grand opening of their first two in-store locations, complimenting their online and phone service. At TicketKick Authorized Service Centers?, customers can speak with a bilingual TicketKick Authorized Agent to learn more about how TicketKick can help them obtain a ticket dismissal, or, they can sign up for the service right in store. The TicketKick Authorized Service Centers? are conveniently located inside Papa Cash stores in West Covina at 1001 E Amar Road #104 West Covina, CA 91792 and in Baldwin Park at 14135 Francisquito Ave. Baldwin Park, CA 91706. TicketKick plans to offer their service at more convenient in-store locations in the future. "Everyone gets traffic tickets, so our market is very diverse. We find that many people in the Hispanic community prefer to do business face-to-face, and we're happy to cater to their needs and preferences," says Greg Muender, Founder and President of TicketKick. "At each location, we provide bilingual reps and documents in both English and Spanish, making it convenient for those who prefer either language to take care of their traffic ticket." TicketKick helps drivers contest their ticket through a trial by written declaration, or, trial by mail. About 70% of TicketKick's customers get their tickets completely dismissed, and, since TicketKick offers a money back guarantee, those who don't win their case get their money back. "Traffic ticket fines in California are as high as ever, and people simply can't afford to have one on their record. We help people facing hundreds of dollars in fines get their tickets dismissed without ever having to go to court. We know the economy is tough out there, so we've built our service to offer the money back guarantee, that way people have nothing to lose in trying. It's a win-win," Greg said. TicketKick's service can help drivers with speeding tickets, red light camera tickets, stop sign tickets, cell phone tickets, and most other common traffic infractions. About TicketKick® TicketKick is a registered and bonded legal document assistant in California, providing self help services in assisting drivers to beat traffic tickets, using a similar service model to companies such as LegalZoom and E*Trade. TicketKick works with traffic attorneys and law school graduates who work together to complete legal documents in a ministerial manner at the specific direction of the customer with the goal of helping the customer obtain a ticket dismissal. About a 70% of TicketKick's customers receive a dismissal of their ticket. TicketKick offers an industry exclusive money back guarantee for customers who may be found guilty after using their services. TicketKick representatives can be reached at (800) 580-1902, at http://www.ticketkick.com, or at questions(at)ticketkick(dot)com. # # #
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TicketKick® Announces Two Authorized Service CenterSM Locations in Southern California

Saturday, Jan 14th, 2012

TicketKick®, California's fastest growing legal service helping drivers with traffic ticket defense, announces their grand opening of two Authorized Service CentersSM in West Covina and Baldwin Park, with plans to expand into about a dozen other locations in the upcoming months. The Authorized Service Centers will provide a walk-in service to help drivers beat traffic tickets for a low cost. Bilingual representatives will be available at each location to provide legal assistance to the diverse community.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 30, 2011 Drivers with traffic tickets in Southern California will now be able to receive professional legal assistance at two of TicketKick's Authorized Service CentersSM located inside Papa CashSM Check Cashing stores starting in December 2011. TicketKick is the fasting growing ticket dismissal service in California, helping drivers contest tickets through a trial by written declaration (trial by mail). They help drivers with basic traffic infractions such as speeding tickets, red light camera tickets, and other common violations. TicketKick and Papa Cash plan to host a grand opening celebration on Thursday December 8, 2011 at their West Covina location. Until recently, TicketKick's service was only available to customers by phone, online, or by a walk-in appointment in TicketKick's corporate office in San Diego, but will now be available on a walk-in basis in two Papa Cash stores located in West Covina and Baldwin Park starting in December. TicketKick has created an affiliate model with Papa Cash, and will provide trained TicketKick Authorized AgentsSM in the Papa Cash stores. TicketKick and Papa Cash have plans to roll out the service in about a dozen other locations in the upcoming months. Customers who sign up for the TicketKick service at the Papa Cash locations will have full access to TicketKick's corporate customer service team. Papa Cash was established in 2003 to provide retail financial services to a wide array of customers. They offer services and products including check cashing, personal loans, money orders, stamps, phone cards, buss passes, bill pay, and gold buying. The owners of Papa Cash reached out to TicketKick after seeing TicketKick featured in a Yahoo! article in September, and presented an interest of offering the TicketKick service to the customers in their stores. "We're excited to be able to offer a ticket fighting service in the Papa Cash stores. Just about everyone gets traffic tickets, and it'll be convenient for Papa Cash's regular customers to now be able to get professional help with their ticket in store," said Aaron Padilla, Papa Cash's Consumer Credit Director. TicketKick's mission to help drivers easily fight traffic violations while providing friendly and helpful customer service aligns seamlessly with Papa Cash's mission of offering first-class financial products and services, at a fair price, in a clean and professional setting, with courteous and respectful service. Greg Muender, TicketKick's President and Founder said, "Papa Cash really focuses on treating their customers well, just as we do. When you walk into any of their stores, their reps are always so friendly and helpful, and we're confident that the TicketKick service is going to fit right into the service model they've created." About TicketKick® TicketKick is a registered and bonded legal document assistant in California, providing self help services in assisting drivers to beat traffic tickets, using a similar service model to companies such as LegalZoom and E*Trade. TicketKick works with traffic attorneys and law school graduates who work together to complete legal documents in a ministerial manner at the specific direction of the customer with the goal of helping the customer obtain a ticket dismissal. About a 70% of TicketKick's customers receive a dismissal of their ticket. TicketKick offers an industry exclusive money back guarantee for customers who may be found guilty after using their services. TicketKick representatives can be reached at (800) 580-1902, at http://www.ticketkick.com, or at questions(at)ticketkick(dot)com. ###
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TicketKick® Changes Mission Statement to Better Reflect Customer Service Initiative

Saturday, Jan 14th, 2012

California's fastest growing traffic ticket dismissal service, TicketKick, changes their mission statement in an attempt to better illustrate their goals in providing the most effective legal defenses for traffic tickets and top-notch customer service for their customers.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2011 TicketKick is the fastest growing legal service assisting in traffic ticket defense, and is out to change the reputation of the legal industry for the better. The team at TicketKick prides themselves on providing the best of both effective legal arguments and helpful customer service, making the process of fighting a traffic ticket easy and convenient for about 500 customers per month. TicketKick's founder and president, Greg Muender, said that on their journey of becoming a successful legal service, he's learned what really matters, and it's reflected in their new mission statement: "Our mission at TicketKick® is to develop the most comprehensive and compelling legal arguments possible for each case, to provide the friendliest and most helpful customer service team available, and to leave each customer satisfied with our service, regardless of the outcome of their case." Muender discussed how early on in business development, they actually considered outsourcing their customer service team, and how grateful they are that they decided against it, since they feel that the customer service team is just as integral of a part of the company as the attorneys and defense writers, and should stay in house. "Our customer service reps are hired because they are the friendliest, most helpful, professional, and quickest learning candidates there are. The number one quality we look for when hiring is a friendly and helpful attitude. It's so rewarding that our team cares as much about helping our customers as we as managers do," said TicketKick's Vice President, Sara Schoonover. "Ultimately, everything we do in this company is for the betterment of the customer. I've never worked for a company before that would literally go against their own terms and conditions to appease the customer at times. In the end, doing whatever it takes to leave the customer satisfied definitely results in long-term fans, referrals, and ultimately, growth and success. You simply can't take shortcuts in customer service, or you will fail miserably, and I've seen it happen to so many companies." About TicketKick® TicketKick is a registered and bonded legal document assistant in California, providing self help services in assisting drivers to beat traffic tickets, using a similar service model to companies such as LegalZoom and E*Trade. TicketKick's defense team consists of seasoned traffic attorneys and law school graduates who work together to formulate comprehensive legal arguments with the goal of helping the customer obtain a ticket dismissal. They maintain about a 70% dismissal rate and offer a money back guarantee for customers who may be found guilty. TicketKick representatives can be reached at (800) 580-1902, at http://www.ticketkick.com, or at questions(at)ticketkick(dot)com. # # #
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