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Old 07-28-2004, 09:53 AM   #1
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I got a ticket and now my anxiety is sky high!

For the first time ever, I was pulled over and cited for speeding on Monday. I totally freaked out. The cop was a huge jerk, which made it worse. I have been driving for 10 years and never had any problems with the law, so I am very worried. I was cited for going 16mph over the speed limit, which means I have to go to court and the judge and DA decide the fine/punishment. My court date is 1 month away, so I have plenty of time to sit and have anxiety over it. I tend to be a serious, conservative person, so this is a HUGE deal for me.

Like I said, this was my first time being pulled over, so it really scared me. I had NO idea I was speeding and I was extremely shocked when I saw blue lights behind me. I had just left my house about 2 minutes before and was less than 1 mile away from my house. So, I was taken very off guard. I didn't even see the cop anywhere until he was behind me. I have no idea where he came from. I think all of this and having to go to court has just completely freaked me out!

Now I am paranoid about driving. I have GAD and panic attacks and my anxiety is sky high now. Tuesday and yesterday I made myself drive. Today I need to run some errands but I do not want to get in my car! I am so worried about getting pulled over again for something or getting in an accident and being in even more trouble for having a ticket.

Has anyone else had any experience like this or have any advise? Thanks for any support.

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Old 07-28-2004, 10:50 AM   #2
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Re: I got a ticket and now my anxiety is sky high!

In Georgia your allowed to plead "no lo" once every five years for a speeding ticket. After 21 years of driving, I got my first speeding ticket ever last year. I went to Court and pled "No Lo" which means it won't go on my insurance. I got lucky, the Judge was very nice -- he even cut my fine in half.

Good luck

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Old 07-28-2004, 02:11 PM   #3
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Re: I got a ticket and now my anxiety is sky high!

That really sucks but it happens to everyone. I have gotten several tickets myself for speeding. But that is another story.

I would suggest the next time you need to drive bring a friend along for a ride. That could give you comfert, especially if they are supportive of your situation.

After a car incident everyone is a little nervous. After my first ticket, I was very paranoid that I would be pulled over but that feeling went away the more I drove.

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