Friday, September 9, 2011
The Highway Patrol Teaches Me to Break the Law
What? Yes. You are. Don't argu... Am I going to have to put you all under hypnosis again?!
Ahem...now that you've settled down. I'll tell you my very irritating & true police story that happened this week--a.k.a. "How to alienate people in under 2 minutes flat."
**Disclaimer** I have the utmost respect for the police, and this guy would've been a pain in the a** in any uniform.
On Tuesday, I was driving home from a city almost two hours away. I was in the farthest left lane on the freeway and the traffic was pretty bad when I noticed a sign that said my lane was turning into a carpool lane. I wasn't familiar with this city and didn't realize they had a carpool lane there, so I promptly tried to move over, and out of the lane.
The traffic was pretty tight and I slowed down a bit, but there was nowhere to get over before the lane ended. Ahead of me a bit was the only break in traffic big enough for me to move over into, so I sped up a bit, and moved over as soon as I could. I made it less than 10 feet after the lane had just turned into carpool with a solid white line.
Immediately, a highway patrolman showed up behind me with his lights flashing. When I pulled over, rolled down my window and he walked up, our conversation went like this:
Him - "Do you realize I can put you in jail for that stunt you just pulled?"
Me - stunned silence, followed by, "Stunt?"
Him - "Yes. You were in the carpool lane without having two or more people in the car, you crossed the solid white line, and you were speeding. That's a trifecta which equals reckless driving and I can legally take away your license and put you in jail."
Me - *blinks* "But, I was trying not to break the law. I'm not from this area. I didn't realize it was a carpool lane there and as soon as I saw the sign, I tried to get out, but the traffic was too heavy, so I sped up a bit to get into the only open slot and out of the lane.
Him - "You're going to kill someone. Or you're going to kill yourself. Which do you think would be worse?"
Me - *is speechless*
Him - *sighs* " Do you even have a license?"
Me - "Of course I have a license!"
Him - "Well, I'm giving you a ticket for speeding and a warning for being in the carpool lane because I'd rather give you a ticket than have to go to your house and tell your husband and kids that you're dead."
Me - *hands over license and resists the urge to add 'rolling window up on head of an officer' to my list of offenses*
Keep in mind: I was in no way unsafe. I have a completely clean driving record. I was actually trying to obey the law, and the only time I sped up was to get out of the lane (and even then I was only going 6 mph over the limit).
Here is what I learned from this experience:
1 - He couldn't see in the back of my van. I'd have been better off to stay in the lane until I could get out without speeding up because he had no idea if I was alone or not.
2 - I've gained a new appreciation for the old Judas Priest song, "Breaking the Law."
3 - I hate people who let the power of their positions/situations go to their heads.
/End Rant -- Anyone else need to get something sucky off their chests? Let's get it out of our systems so we can have a fantastic weekend!