Kate Gosselin's pleaded guilty by mail and paid her August 9th speeding ticket fine of $174.00. In that offense she was charged by state police in Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, with driving 88 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone.
Gosselin has a history of traffic violations.
On Oct. 30, 2009, she was cited for a similar incident in Adams County, PA in which she was reportedly doing 70 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone. Her eight children were in the SUV at the time. She pleaded guilty and paid another fine.
On Feb. 26, 2010, Kate was pulled over by state police based in Gettysburg after she was speeding at 73 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone. That case was also settled with a fine of about $155.
Then there's that blind item regarding a certain reality TV star's hit and run. Not only does the blind item describe Kate to a T, but locals wouldn't be at all surprised if it was true.
Kate parked illegally in a fire lane.
Kate's driving has long been a point of local discussion. Several incidents of her unsafe driving are recounted in former US Magazine reporter and Berks County local Al Walentis's book The Secret World of Jon and Kate: The Stupidest Story in the History of the World and the People Who Covered It: Kate weaving in and out of traffic lanes at high speeds to outrun the paparazzi; Kate driving as fast as 95 MPH; and Kate driving at high speeds with her lights off at night to evade the paps, not to mention all the illegal parking. My book, Jon & Kate Plus Eight: “Reality” TV & the Selling of the Gosselins recounts similar stories of locals who have been subjected to her bad driving. In fact earlier this year a local friend of mine was almost run off the road after Kate drove up very fast behind her, tailgated her at a dangerously close distance, and then passed her in a no-passing zone.
Kate parked illegally in another fire lane.
Kate's excuse for her August 2011 violation was that she was hurrying home to be with her children. Apparently she hasn't heard that most kids would rather have their parents arrive home slowly, safe and sound, than quickly in a casket. And how tacky is it for her to blame her children for her speeding? Does every parent who wants to get home to their kids have carte blanche to speed? And what a flimsy excuse anyway, considering she does nothing to curtail her inconsiderate and dangerous driving even when her kids are in the vehicle.
Didn't she ever hear of shopping carts (no pun intended)?
How many times will Kate have to endanger herself, her children and others before she learns that she doesn't own the road? Court dockets show Gosselin, cited under her legal name Katie I. Gosselin, was pulled over again and given a traffic citation by Pennsylvania state police on Sept. 11, 2011 in South Londonderry Township in Lebanon County. That case is still pending.
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