I received a speeding ticket on the Mass Pike & I have a few questions... I'll start by premising that I am an idiot. I was definitely speeding, I was late and a little panicked so I won't even try to defend myself against that but I am looking for a little guidance. Essentially what happened was I was driving down the mass pike and I saw the lights (no sirens). I was in the far left lane and I did not see them immediately, It was the brightest part of the day and I was driving on auto pilot, I was pretty tired (9 hour late night shift) and I not focused at all. The cop was pretty upset, I pulled into the left lane as soon as I saw him, which made him more upset because I did not know you had to pull to the right, it didn't seem safe since I had to pull across three lanes full of cars. I was pretty scared, I finally pulled over to the right and he was really angry at this point. He collected my license and registration, said something about how stupid I was (not entirely unfair) and threw the ticket on the left seat telling me the instructions were on the back, no questions or explanations. Its a really big ticket ($355), I am kinda scared. I didn't appeal because I don't have a defense and I really didn't want to see the officer again, I was very intimidated and he was clearly pissed and has a lot more power on his side than I do. I have no legal knowledge and I just wanted to pay the ticket, lesson learned. But I was unable to come up with the money so the ticket grew and now apparently my license is going to be suspended because it was technically three violations -- so traffic school AND late fees, so I have a month to come up with $455 now plus $135 for driving school and I am stressed out, my insurance is going to go up -- I don't know what my options are if I have any. I'm on my own, financially, and I NEED my car to work. I am going over to see a hearings officer tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes, but does anyone have any supportive advice? Outside of "don't speed." because I know.