Happy Saturday folks. I am one of those parents that load up the family van with the sports chairs and Gatorade and head off to early morning soccer. It is little girls first year playing "real" soccer. She has a uniform and everything. I would post a picture but legally we can not post a single shot until she is ours....which we are praying will be by Christmas! My husband is helping coach so we 3 show up with our morning beverages of coffee, Gatorade and soda....me soda...he coffee and her Gatorade. I set my chair on the sidelines with the other parents. This is a delicate balance because I teach at the school. I am one of those moms that show up with my hair in a pineapple flip and shorts and a t. I figure my weekend....it is ok to look like a regular mom and not a staff member! So I find a spot next to one of my students dads...I have his son but his daughter is on my littles team. He and his wife are great and loads of fun. He is a trooper so I figure if nothing else I will get to hear some good work stories...he never disappoints! I am going to just call him Trooper Bob to protect his identity. So Trooper Bob and I start chatting. I ask him how his work is going and if he is in one area or the whole state. I figure I am just warming him up. He covers the whole state in case you were wondering. So we are chatting and I finally get the nerve to ask him how he determines who to give a ticket to and whom he lets off. Below are his words of wisdom.
1. There is a certain speed that regardless you are getting a ticket. His is about 14 miles over. So slow down! Unless you have some sort of emergency you might as well take out your checkbook. Full disclosure here....that number is different for each officer!
2. Be honest! They know the speed you are going. So when they ask you it is not because they don't know....it is kind of a test. How are YOU going to be as the one pulled over. Trooper Bob says he is more likely to go easy on someone who owns up to their crime of speeding. He then proceeded to tell me several stories which had me in stitches laughing!
3. Be polite! Even if you think officers are the biggest jerks on the planet....FAKE IT! Use words like sir...unless it is woman in that case if you call her a sir then get out your checkbook!
4. Tell the officer you are sorry. I know you are thinking what I am thinking....SORRY! Are you kidding me! Yes. Sorry! Tell the officer you are sorry for speeding and putting their life at risk on the highway....or sorry the officer had to come out in the rain....or sorry I should have been paying attention more. Some sort of sorry that acknowledges YOU know you were wrong and generally care about the officers well being. If you think the officer is a jerk then call him that..... then get out your checkbook!
5. If you are pulled over because you were using your cell phone then get out your checkbook! Trooper Bob says there is no excuse for using your cellphone while driving. He does not give warnings for this crime. The law has been in place for 2 1/2 years. It is about safety and control of your vehicle. Hands free means not even in your hand!!! I asked him if he had a body cam and he said no. I said what happens if the person fights the ticket in court? It is your word against theirs. A direct quote from Trooper Bob...."yeah but the judge is going to believe me." I would have to side with Trooper Bob. There is no excuse in this day and age to be using your phone while driving! Get out your checkbook. It is going to coast you!
6. If you are caught with any sort of illegal items in your car such as an open can (if you are a minor) or any sort of drugs...get out your checkbook. There is no way out of it.
So as Trooper Bob is giving me this good advice we were still good parents cheering on our littles and enjoying the lovely day God has set before us. Our girls won!
In all seriousness folks be careful out there. It is better to arrive late then dead. It is better to leave the message unread then dead. It is better to err on the side of caution then to prove you can out run, out pass out drive that care behind you then wind up dead.
My mom used to say at 65 you are driving at 85 you are aiming! Words of wisdom. Leave your phone in your purse or on the seat. Slow down and enjoy the view!
Anyone have a good story of how they got out of a ticket?