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Old 07-02-2008, 07:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Almost Got a ticket last night

I just had to post this ....

I got pulled over last night ... sorry for the longwinded story, its how I roll.

Coming home on a three lane city street where the speed limit is 45mph I drive 40mph. It was 10pm and I was in the middle lane with no traffic to be seen. In the distance I see a set of headlights coming up behind me really fast. Fast enough to make me want to brace myself in case the idiot is drunk and doesn't know to swerve. Well once on top of me the lights finally slowed down to uncomfortable tailgating distance. After about 2 minutes a spot light came on which of course was aimed right into my rear view mirror. I immeadiately directed the mirror away from my eyes and thats when the lights came on ...

Since I wasn't speeding, the roads were empty and I was not in the mood to deal with this, I simply slapped the car in neutral, cut off the engine and coasted to a complete stop, (that took a while and about a mile). The cop then asked me to step outside the vehicle and walk back to his car.

I got the standard, "Do you know why I pulled you over?", to which I responded, "Because I was in your way as you were speeding down the road?". He then called me a smartass to which I responded I was. I asked him if he knew why he pulled me over. He answered with, "One more disrespectful remark and I'll ticket you." I asked for what?

He says I was driving to slow on the road ... I laughed, quite loudly and said,"Let me get this straight, you are going to give me a ticket because I am driving alone on an empty road 5 miles below the speed limit?" "Ticket me now so I can save the smart ass comment", I said.

He checked my license, reg, ins and then said, "I'm going to let you off with a warning", I interrupted him right there and said,"Let me let you off with a warning, remember this car, because I will not alter my driving habits to suit your power trip. Furthermore, if and when you give the ticket because I was driving to slow, there better be a sign stating what the minimum safe speed is for this road, otherwise, I will own the city via lawsuit for encouraging speeding by driving at the speed limit. And undoubtedly, you will have to answer to a pissed off judge when my high priced lawyer shows up in court and makes you look like an ass for wasting the courts time with such important matters. Therefore I hope YOU have a better evening and can only hope that 2 open lanes is enough space for you pass my vehicle in the future.

I collected my things got in my car and drove off @ 35mph with him following me for the next three miles ... LOL

Maybe later I'll post what really went through my mind as he was lecturing me on my driving habits .. LOL

Now I rarely challenge the law and I do not encourage this for anyone else, but I felt with a 15yr safe driving record behind me I could afford 1 ticket and perhaps a night in jail may elevate my rep amongst us ecomodders .... LOL

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Old 07-02-2008, 07:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I feel like that's completely out of line on the officer's part. Did you get his badge number? I would report him. Cops should be doing more than pulling people over with absolutely no cause.
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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YOU ROCK! I can only wish I had the guts to say that. You should report him. If anything else happens with this cop It will be on file that he messed with you. Any chance of getting a copy of the tape that he has in his car. It would be good evidence if he harassess you again.
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I did, he did not volunteer the info, I simply remembered it from being in such a close proximity to his person. I also recorded his vehicle number and plate as he sped away, with his light off, I also witnessed him come to an intersection, turn his lights on, cross it then turn them off.

I gave this information to one of my cousins who is a lawyer and specializes in DUI. Hopefully he will give me guidance as to how make sure this type of behavior is frowned upon.

I hate to say it, but Cities, counties and states often cry about their budgets, then hack from education. Instead if THEY mandated safer ecomodding among all the vehicles in their use, car, trucks and busses I am sure they could offset any budget cuts and infact put money back into education, including programs on how to teach future drivers better driving habits. (Got pushed off soapbox, OUCH)
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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O, reading that completely just made the rest of my evening, you sir are a hero of heros...I'm thinking this is a story worthy of digg...anyone else?
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I don't mean you any disrespect, but I have to disagree with what you did. It would have been very easy for the cop to put meth in your car, or just shoot you. Poking at a cop is like poking at a rattlesnake. It may be amusing, but it can be fatal.
Making a complaint thru channels is a good idea.
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I don't mean you any disrespect, but I have to disagree with what you did. It would have been very easy for the cop to put meth in your car, or just shoot you. Poking at a cop is like poking at a rattlesnake. It may be amusing, but it can be fatal.
Making a complaint thru channels is a good idea.
I completely agree with you ... but, I know the temperment of my city, I have the incredible ability of expressing my opinions without losing my cool, and I totally expected to use my right to a single phone call. So I considered all my risks before going off on this tool. Also consider that I am educated, so I know what to do in the event this cop decided to flex any muscle and make my life a living hell.
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Here's the deal...............

A lot of people are slowing down to save gas and speeders are hard to find (when there is a cop around that is), so cops now go after the slower traffic.

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