Dear 17 year old son,
I know you think you can fight off the speeding ticket, but seriously, you aren't going to win. I don't care if you were going 7 miles over (like you say) or 19 miles over (like the trooper says) and I don't care if it was 2am and no work was going on in the work zone. Requesting deferred is the best way to handle this. It keeps this off your driving record and keeps our insurance premiums from going up. I know you think you were not speeding or breaking the work zone laws and while I believe you were speeding, I do agree it's ridiculous to try and fine you extra for being in a work zone when no work was going on, but still, traveling 3 hours or more each way for a minimum of one court date, but most likely 2 or 3 total is not worth it. I know you think you are old enough to take care of this on your own, at the lovely age of 17, but do you really think a judge is going to believe you over the state trooper? Do you really think he's even going to LISTEN to a word you have to say? Please, for the love of firecrackers, listen to me and shut the hell up about this!