The Water Cooler – Driver License & Your First Ticket

March 27, 2014 12:00 pm · 54 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

How old were you when you got your driver license, and how soon after and where did you get your first ticket (if you have gotten one).

Talk about it….

Rose Garden March 27, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I got my drivers license on my 16th birthday (and a car), and I’ve never gotten a ticket. I’m in my 50’s.

I have been pulled over a few times, and I was always honest with the officer.

I’m sure there are people (especially men) who think I haven’t been ticketed for “other reasons.”

I have a lot of respect for law enforcement, and I think they appreciated my honesty……

Rebel March 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I got my DL at 16. By 19, I was driving a suped up Mustang and never received a speeding ticket driving it. My first ticket was at 24, driving home from work. Received another at 25, but nothing since!

Triple Canopy March 27, 2014 at 12:10 PM


Five months.

It was at night on El Camino Real. Some car started tailgating me so I sped up from 35 mph to 53 mph.

Dang tailgater was a San Mateo cop. That jerk.

Anon March 27, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I was 17 when I got my license. I got a parking ticket in SF when I was 19. thankfully haven’t gotten a speeding or any other kind of ticket (and hopefully never will!)

just a concordian March 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I was 17 and it was in an Eastern European country. Took the road test twice because I had a hard time starting on an incline using the stick shift car of the instructor.
My first ticket… I think it was somewhere in Massachusetts, I was in the right lane which was a mandatory right turn. I bypassed the traffic and merged onto the left lane which went straight. Sadly, a motorcycle cop was hiding nearby and pulled me over. I didn’t even try to do any song and dance. Accepted the ticket, which was about 70 dollars I think and went on my way. For a poor college student that I was, it made me understand the stupidity of performing such stunts.

just a concordian March 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Oh yea, I was 23 when I got that ticket.

Cindy March 27, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Waited to get mine, wasn’t really excited to get mine. At 20 my parents insisted took the test and received my license within a month I got a ticket, going down Thornwood, 32 in a 25, a child was hit while riding her bike and PD was making everyone aware. I cursed my folks and slowed down….

Got my first ticket March 27, 2014 at 12:28 PM

at 12, driving without a license. Got my license at 16. Next ticket came about 20 years later, after driving through all of Europe, for doing 30 in a 25 zone in Hawthorne NV. I guess I deserved that one.

teacher March 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM

16 and have never gotten a ticket. am 45 now.

Anonymous March 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Got my license at 16….don’t remember how long before I got my first ticket. BUT, haven’t had a ticket for a moving violation in 25+ years (have had one “fix-it” ticket).

Marissa March 27, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I can’t remember the first ticket I ever got.

Incognito March 27, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I grew up in New England.
Did not get my license until I was 18, did not feel comfortable driving in severe winter conditions and my parents would not insure any of us kids.

I am in my mid 50’s and have never had a ticket. Knock on wood.

Ms.Kitty March 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I cannot remember the first ticket I’ve ever gotten, nor would I really want to. I do remember listening to the roar of my engine of my first car, and I heard a tick but couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it. Does anyone know anything about cars?

Mrs. T March 27, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I was 18 when I got my DL. Close to 30 now and knock on wood no tickets of any kind. Got pulled over one time because I was learning how to drive a stick and obviously was not doing a good job 😉 cop was a friend of everyone in my family so he gave me a few pointers and then I was on my way. Oh how I miss my small town.

Concordejet March 27, 2014 at 12:55 PM

My dad got his first license I think age 18 because he was so busy studying in Catholic school. There was no laundry available at the boarding school that time he would send his dirty laundry by postal in the box and his parents washes his clothes for him and when he received his clean clothes his parents would put cookies along his laundry anyway he got parking ticket once or twice if I am not mistaken. My dad was 72 that time He got his first speeding ticket in Crystal Fall, Michigan he told the officer he was going 60 mph but the officer told him 69 the cop was sitting right here and he notice our rental car was from Minnesota even though we picked up the car at the Chicago Middway Airport the police knew we were on vacation we were the target The ticket was $ 150 the police said you can go pay the fine at the court house or just pay when you get home. WE did go to the court house and the front desk said Okay you can pay and go to the court up stair or just pay when you get home so he choose to wait until he gets home also no recipe available until the next day anyway.

L. March 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Licensed at17; now 73. Never had a ticket.

RudeGal March 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM

I was 16 when I got my DL. First and only ticket was at 18. Going 75 in a 55.

16th birthday March 27, 2014 at 1:29 PM

I got my drivers license the day I turned 16.
(That was in 1972. Nearly all my friends got their licenses within a week of their 16th birthdays. I am shocked these days to hear of kids who are 18, 19, or 20 and in no hurry to get a license.)

First ticket was questionable/arguable: Speeding: I was driving 50 mph in what is normally a 50 mph zone at 6:30 a.m. on a fair weather day. I was driving past a high school, and there was a sign that said 25 mph when children are present. It was winter; it was still dark; I would not expect children to be present at 6:30 a.m., but the officer said the 25 mph would apply at 6:30 a.m. in the dark. I went to court and told my story. The judge said I could go to traffic school and avoid the ticket, which I did.

Kirkwood March 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Got license @16 (1955)
First ticket 2 years later for “pipes” (loud exhaust). Fix-it tickets were either cheap or free, you just had to show the PD that it was “fixed”. The trick was to shove a bunch of coarse steel wool up the exhaust pipe with a broomstick and secure with some wire through a couple of holes, drive to the PD and get the ticket signed off. The cop comes out, doesn’t want to get his uniform dirty by getting down in the street to look, so he says “Okay, lets hear it”. SSSSSSSMMMMMMM! “Good enough” he says and signs off the ticket. Go home (motor doesn’t run very well), blow out the steel wool and you’re back in business.

Cowellian March 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I got my license at 16. I enlisted in the Navy at 20, and got a ticket while home on leave after boot camp. I had two friends who wanted to ride in my MG Midget, so one sat in the passenger seat and the other sat on the back with her feet in the passenger compartment. I happened to pass a cop who had just finished writing someone else a ticket, so he motioned me over. I got a ticket and a lecture out of that encounter.

nytemuvr March 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Been driving since age 11(on farms and short trips), got my license at 16. First ticket was 95(he wrote me for 95, but I was 40 mph faster) in a 65 zone on Hwy. 5 up by Willows in ’73. It’s the only speeding ticket I’ve had in my 42 year old car (Dodge Challenger) or driving any car. One speeding ticket on my bike(71 in 55 zone) and one in a tractor/trailer(74 in a 55 zone). None since ’86 and I’m 60.

JET March 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Anyone remember going to traffic school (before you could do it on the internet?!). Those were the days. I went to the ‘comedy’ traffic school and it was not funny at all. They should make in person traffic school mandatory for all these kids, the internet is making things way too easy for them!

AnyTimeAnyPlace March 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Never had a ticket.

WhosTheFather March 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Got a ticket, But I Trashed it.

Concordiann March 27, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Waited till 8.thought If buy my own car. DUI at 19 . 21 now

Concordiann March 27, 2014 at 2:23 PM


huh? March 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM

@L……great record!!!!….am close ….license @ 18… tickets going on 71….not really that hard….have driven all thruout US…and Canada….

Scare them March 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM

License at 15, never any tickets. Only been pulled over twice. Once for rolling a stop sign at 2am. (Warning) and once for expired tags, my new tags hadn’t arrived for my new car yet. (warning)

ABC#2 March 27, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Got my license at 16 1/2 years old. WE had drivers Ed. classes at school then.
NEVER got a ticket !

Mimi (un origional) March 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM

I got my drivers license on my 16th birthday. Speeding ticket on Clayton Road when I was about 17 1/2. I have not been pulled over since, that was 28 years ago.

ClayDen March 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

I got my license at 16, got my first ticket (speeding) about a year later. I ended up with 6 tickets in my first 6 years of driving (all speeding), though they were spaced out enough that I never lost my license. I’ve had two tickets since; one around 1975 (yellow light at Treat and Cherry- officer said it was red), and one on 680 in Alamo for 75 in a 65 about 6 years ago. I’m in my 60s and have driven over a million miles with no accidents charged as my fault. BTW, I figure about 150,000 miles have been on Ygnacio Valley Rd.

Elwood March 27, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Licensed at 16. Speeding ticket about 20 years later.

Mimi (original) March 27, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Licensed at 16, first ticket at 18 for performing a “California Stop” in a residential neighborhood. I cried, to no avail.

Maybe March 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Got license on my sixteenth birthday. Got my first and only ticket about six months later, 35 in a 25 on Landana, by none other than Lloyd Novinger. I guess he taught me a lesson.

anon March 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I did the same thing with my loud pipes and the steel wool really worked. After getting my ticket signed off, I went around the corner, revved the engine and the steel wool blew out.

Antler March 27, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Driver’s license in North Carolina at age 16. No moving violations.

paranoid Pablito March 27, 2014 at 9:21 PM

First, I salute Mr. Mayor for properly calling it a driver license (not driver’s or drivers license). While we’re at it, it’s a garbage disposer, not disposal.
I got my license at 16, on my birthday! One moving violation ticket 20 years ago.

paranoid Pablito March 27, 2014 at 9:26 PM

And my ticket was at the end of 680 northbound Willow Pass exit, running a yellow, turning left on my way to the mall. Johnny Law was right there waiting even back then.

I'm The Urban Spaceman March 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

License @16, 1st ticket at 25.

Michelle March 27, 2014 at 11:46 PM

I tried my hardest to get a ticket one day. Still no ticket. I really don’t need a ticket.

Jess March 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Got my license at 16. Got my first and only ticket when I was 30. It was for speeding on a freeway.

ptpauly March 28, 2014 at 1:28 AM

16 years old. 2 months after getting license. Pulled over just past De Anza High School – Richmond. Just left school. doing 35 mph. New signs earlier in the week had gone up. Speed limit 25mph when students are present. Posted 35mph all other times.

Best part went to juvenile court with my mom and saw 10-12 fellow students. After the second minor with the same infraction the judge asked who all was here for this same infraction and said he would have to study the new speed limit law. Our defense was we left school on time and the kids who were walking couldn’t have been in this new speed zone that fast. He excused us all and the police officers in attendance were highly agitated. Let alone how many of our parents thought we got away with something. Received a couple more, that’s what happens when you are 16 yrs old and bought yourself a 1969 Pontiac GTO. Haven’t had one since.

Silva March 28, 2014 at 6:01 AM

DL at 16.5, first ticket at 27 INSIDE a BART parking lot, by a BART cop for going the wrong way.

The Mamba March 28, 2014 at 7:03 AM

I got my license when I was 16 but didn’t have anything to drive until I was 17. I think I got my first ticket shortly thereafter for speeding.

LongTimeAgo March 28, 2014 at 7:09 AM

I got my license when I was 17 and my first ticket when I was 18 (about 6 months after I got my licenseS). Wow…that was such a long time ago. I wish I had the wisdom I have now back then.

Jojo Potato March 28, 2014 at 8:13 AM

DL at 16.5, me too! Also got a ticket in the BART lot for driving the wrong way in the parking lot. Really torqued me off. Over the weekend they changed the lanes and come monday morning, on auto pilot went right down the usual aisle and the cop was waiting there. Kind of embarrasing at traffic school. What you here for? going 90 on the freeway? uh, no, I went the wrong way in the BART lot.

Walnut Creek Resident March 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Got my driver license in high school. First ticket for speeding on 680 between San Ramon and Danville, second one for rolling threw a stop sign in Lafayette. Those are the only two tickets after driving many years!! I was going to say how many but that sounded awful. Both tickets I worked off in traffic school. I still had to pay for the fines and for traffic school. Not worth the punishment! Drive safely that is my motto!!

Chris March 28, 2014 at 1:34 PM

1981 I got my license and first ticket coming down Cowell road right past the crossings when it goes down hill there. A total speed trap. But it taught me a lesson. Only got one after that about 10 years ago. Don’t speed./ It aint worth it, also expensive as hell.

ChampagneKitty March 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Aw, man…my mushy brain is trying to remember…I know I was 16 when I got my license…I’ve always lived here in California…I am 43 years old now…I don’t believe I’ve ever had a speeding ticket. I have been ticketed for, let’s see, driving w/o headlights on, which was an accident, the area I was driving in was well lit and I didn’t know they weren’t on. Once I got a ticket for running a red light which to this day I say is a false charge. I tried to fight the ticket and lost. Still makes me mad that I was punished for something I didn’t do.

However, the biggest thing I was charged with was totally my fault: a wet & reckless. It’s like a DUI but the punishment for it is a little less severe. I was going through a personal crisis at the time which is a whole other story…it received a lot of media attention & I guess I was kind of freaking out. Of course I didn’t want to admit it at the time but I was driving drunk, and ran into a parked truck. No one was in it. Somebody called the cops & I got arrested. After being booked at the police station, my roommate at the time came and picked me up. My license got suspended (which I eventually got back), I had to go to drunk driving school and I think I paid some kind of fine. I had so much going on at the time so I don’t remember clearly, but I don’t think I was actually convicted of anything, the charges may have been later dropped once I satisfied the judge with the conditions set on me. After that, I was careful about drinking. If I was in public, I would cut myself off after 2 drinks. I rarely drink alcohol at all these days; I’m on too many medications.

Anon March 28, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Well, being that I lived in Clayton when I was learning how to drive, I honestly can’t remember how many tickets I’ve had…or when the first one was…or why? And I must’ve been unattractive as a teenager because my looks never got me out of anything with the Clayton Po-po 😀

Julio March 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Was 15. Started driving when I was 10 with my 2 older brothers in P.H. Now in my 70’s and never had a ticket.

Ms. Jean March 28, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Got my license at 17 (in NJ) and never had a ticket. Should have had one once, I was doing 50 in a 35-mile-per-hour zone. The policeman let me go after I told him to just give me the ticket and point me to the closest bathroom. I was 8.5 months pregnant and my son was kicking my bladder! The policeman laughed and let me off with a warning.

Silva March 28, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Well I declare, Miss ChampagneKitty! You seemed very proper till now. Well I’ll just go ahead and admit to losing my license also for a while. I had a seizure and drove through a sign and into a concrete stoop. Didn’t get a ticket though!

ChampagneKitty March 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Yes Silva, I’m not all angels and rainbows and kitty cats…I have a past…lol!

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