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fix-it ticket

fix-it ticket
 n.— «Apparently, in most states, having one headlight out is not considered a moving violation (in some states it is legal to only have one headlight working), but referred to as a “fix-it ticket.” Meaning, the police officer gives you a ticket or fine and tells you to get it fixed as soon as possible. Most of the time, you can then head immediately to an auto parts store to purchase a new headlight, and go to a judge or the police station that issued the ticket, and have the whole thing dismissed, barring a small court fee. You can walk away without getting any points on your driver’s license.» —“What to do when a headlight goes out” by Jon Ray Who is Jon Ray? (Austin, Texas) June 1, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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