Unit 28 :
Getting and fighting for a traffic ticket and parking ticket



To be able to  know the reasons of being ticketed.


What are the common reasons why people violate the traffic and parking rules?

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Repeat the following words and phrases with your teacher and use them in a sentence.

  • driver’s license(phr)
  • red light(phr)
  • brake light(phr)
  • violations(n)
  • traffic court(phr)
  • fine(n)
  • locks you away(phr)
  • permit(n)
  • principle(n)
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Dialogue 1

Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.



Can I see your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance?

Sure. Here you are, officer.

Did you know that you were speeding? You were going 70 in a 55 mile an hour zone.

I was? No, I didn’t know.

You also ran a red light and your brake light is out. I see that your tags have also expired. I’m going to have to cite you for all of that.

I’m sure I didn’t run a red light, and I didn’t know my brake light wasn’t working. I just renewed my registration and I’m still waiting for my new tags to arrive in the mail. 

 Is there any way I can get away with just a warning?

 I’m afraid not.

What’s the fine for all of those violations?

That information is on the back of the citation. Here you are. Have a nice day.

 Thanks. Thanks a lot!

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Let’s practice 1

Arrange the jumbled letters to form a word/ words. Definition of each word is given as your clue.

1. incesel – an official document  that gives you permission to own, do, or use something, usually after you have paid money and/or taken a test

2. ionsvioalt – an action that breaks or acts  against something, especially a law, agreement, principle, or something that should be treated  with respect

3. akerb – a device that makes a vehicle go slower or stop, or a pedal, bar, or handle that makes this device work 

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Dialogue 2

Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.



Hey, where are you going?

I’m going to traffic court. I got a parking ticket and I’m going to fight it.

How much was the fine?

It was only $40. But it’s not the money, it’s the principle of the thing.

Why? Weren’t you parked illegally?

No, I wasn’t. The street I live on has metered parking from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. After 6, you can park there with a permit. Well, I parked my car at 7:30 PM and I have a permit. But, I still got a ticket.

Did you display the permit clearly? It isn’t expired, is it?

 Yeah, it’s clearly displayed and it’s good until June 2007.

Well, it sounds like you have a good case. Are you representing yourself or did you hire a lawyer?

I’m going there by myself. Wish me luck.

Good luck. If the judge locks you away, I promise to visit you in jail.

Thanks a lot. I’ll remember that.

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Let’s practice 2

Arrange the jumbled letters to form a word/ words. Definition of each word is given as your clue.

4. imterp – an official document that allows you to do something or go somewhere

5. oruct – a place where trials and other legal cases happen

6. geduj- a person  who is in charge of a trial in a court and decides  how a person who is guilty of a crime should be punished, or who makes decisions on legal matters

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Share your  ideas with your teacher. 

  1. Are you a good driver?
  2. Have you ever been in a car accident?
  3. Have you ever been pulled over by the police? What happened?
  4. Have you ever driven a car in a foreign country? If yes, which side of the road did they drive on? Were the road signs different?
  5. Are the drivers in your area where you live good drivers?