About two weeks ago I got a ticket for "Failure to Move Over" on I-85 in Macon Country, Alabama, which I did not realize was a law until the officer who pulled me over informed me. I had slowed down to a safe speed while passing him as he waited between his own parked vehicle and the vehicle he had just pulled over. At no point was he in any danger and there were vehicles on my left that did not make it easy to pull into the left lane. The officer told me it used to be just a courtesy thing (I told him I understood the need), but that now it was a misdemeanor law, that the fine was $25, and I could call a number on the ticket to pay without going to court. I thanked him and went on my way. I have now received notification that Macon County requires I pay $242.00, which a court clerk told me (I phoned) was "court costs" which I must pay, including the $25 fine. Is this some racket?? Why would the officer tell me it was only $25 when it's actually closer to $250? This seems extreme and overly punitive. Do I have any options here to avoid paying this? I'm hurting for money badly right now. I'm inclined to go to court and plead my case.