I got both a ticket and pulled over by a cop today.
I got my first ticket. It was a $32 parking ticket that I got for parking too close to a stop sign. I was in a hurry to get to class, so I didn't think much of it. Honestly, I think I deserved it just for my shitty parking job. :P
Anyway, on my way home, I was driving in the carpool lane. Carpool lanes are designated for vehicles with two or more occupants, but solo drivers can get a transponder that digitally fees you and allows you to legally drive in the lane; I have a transponder.
The speed limit is 55 MPH and I'm going 60. I noticed the cars in front of me slow down, so I did the same. I noticed a digital sign displayed above the highway showing the speed limit reduced to 30 because of the slowing traffic. There was a highway patrol car on the left shoulder that I was passing while slowing down, but I hadn't completely slowed down to 30 yet as I passed. I slow down even more as I pass the patrol car. Then shit gets real. The patrol officer puts his lights on and I pull over the the shoulder and put on my hazard lights.
The officer comes up to my window and asks for my license and asks if everything on it is correct. I said yes except for a pending name change (My mom switched her last name back to her maiden name and I decided to change my last name to her maiden name as well, but we won't be getting our new licenses for five to six weeks). I opened up my glove box to pull my insurance paper out, and as I did that, the officer told me that he pulled me over for driving in the HOV (carpool) lane. I was like, "Oh!", and grabbed my transponder and showed it to him. He told me that the device he used to detect transponders didn't beep, hence why he thought I was illegally in the lane. He said I was good and I thanked him. Then I went on my merry way. :D
I thought I was gonna get a speeding ticket. Thank God I didn't come home with a parking and speeding ticket; my mom would have been pissed. :O
TL;DR version: I got my first (parking) ticket which was $32. I got pulled over by a cop for the first time on my way home. I thought I was getting pulled over for speeding but wasn't. The cop thought I was driving illegally in the carpool lane, but he realized I wasn't when I showed him my transponder that allows me to legally drive in the lane, and avoided a pricey ticket. Major crisis avoided.