General Listening Quiz

“Traffic Ticket – Script”

Listening Exercise

Listen to the recording on traffic tickets and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.

Police Officer: Okay. May I see your driver’s license please?

Driver: What? Did I do anything wrong?

Police Officer: License, please. And your car registration.

Driver: Oh, yeah. It’s here somewhere in the glove compartment. Yeah, here it is.

Police Officer: Sir, did you realize you were speeding in a school zone?

Driver: What? No, I didn’t, but that’s probably because my odometer is broken, I mean, malfunctioning.

Police Officer: Yes, you were going 50 miles per hour in a 20 miles per hour zone. And [What?] AND, you failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection back there.

Driver: Rolling stops don’t count?

Police Officer: And, one of your break lights is out, [Huh?], you’re not wearing a seat belt, AND your driver’s license expired six months ago.

Driver: And your name is . . . . Officer Smith? Hey, are you related to the Smiths in town? My wife’s cousin’s husband (I think his name is Fred) works for the police department here. Or was that the fire department. Anyway, I thought you might be good pals, and you know . . .

Police Officer: Hey, are you trying to influence an officer? I could have this car impounded right now because of these infractions.

Driver: No, of course not.

Police Officer: Okay, then. Here’s your ticket. You can either appear in court to pay the fine or mail it in. Have a nice day.

Driver: Do you take cash?

Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • glove compartment (noun): a small space, usually on the dashboard of the car, used for storage
    – People usually keep the car’s registration and other small items in the glove compartment.
  • zone (noun): area
    – You cannot park your car in this zone outside the airport.
  • odometer (noun): a meter that measures speed and distance traveled
    – Check your odometer. I think you’re speeding.
  • malfunction(verb): fail to perform properly 
    – If any part of your car malfunctions during the warranty period, just take it back to the car dealership.
  • intersection (noun): the place where two or more roads cross each other
    – It looks like the traffic light at the intersection is malfunctioning and is not changing from stop to go.
  • pal (noun): a close friend
    – He went for a drive with some of his high school pals.
  • impound (verb): to take or seize by legal authority
    – The police impounded the man’s car because it was involved in a crime.
  • infractions (noun): minor crimes or violations against the law
    – Because the man had been involved in numerous infractions with the law, his license was suspended for an entire year .
  • fine (noun): money that is paid as a penalty
    – She had to pay a one hundred dollar traffic fine for running a red light.
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