It was bound to happen I guess. I've been driving for 3 years now, and for the last year I've been driving from Oxnard,CA(home) to San Luis Obispo,CA to see my g/f (she's a student there). Welp, this last Saturday, on my way home I got a ticket in Solvang on the 101 freeway... (sigh) I was trying to pass another car and change lanes to get away from a guy behind me whose headlights were blinding me (I have a small car, he had a large truck). Right when I finished my pass, there were those beautiful blue lights... The HP said he clocked me at 80mph in a 65 zone. I really don't know how fast I was going...just trying to get past. So, what are my options? It sux having to look forward to a ticket this close to christmas. I once read somewhere that instead of actually showing up in court to contest a ticket or ask for a reduction, it can be done through the mail. Is that true? Can I fight this thing through a letter? If I did chose to fight it, and I lose, can I still pay it AND take traffic school? Should I just pay it? How much are they usually? Any help would be great! --Mike P.S. One thing that makes me think...I have a POS of a car, and when I hit 80, it usually shakes and the engine gets really loud....this didn't happen, so I don't think I was going that fast....hmm...just something to think about I guess.