They’re out in force...
They’re out in force...
Cops looking to give tickets for anything they can think of. You bet. Everyone needs the extra dough these days, even the law enforcement biz.
I’ve had more pullovers the past 12 months than ever in the last few years. I know, driving a fancy sports car doesn’t help. But I’ve been driving sportscars for 20 years, that’s nothing new.
Recently I got pulled over and written up for the tiniest traffic farts -none of them for speeding!
A Kansas City police captain in an unmarked car pulled me over five months back just off the highway. He said I cut him off, didn’t use my signal, didn’t buckle-up and my Insurance was expired. I got four tix.
Truth is, I was going the speed limit and he was driving slower.
So I just went in front of his car. I didn’t know he was a police officer. He got pissed, I think for my for moving in front of him, that’s all. The guy was a captain! He had to go rummage around in his trunk to even find a traffic ticket pad. Meaning he never uses it.
I didn’t have my seat belt on, the rest was nonsense.
I gave him my old insurance card, but found the new one after he wrote me up and he said, "Show it to the judge." So yeah, he was upset with me for saying I used to be a lawman myself. That did me no good. He probably knew who I was and maybe that didn’t help either.
The best one was a couple nights ago.
Follow this action. I’m coming home from Legends about 11 P.M. on a Saturday. There’s almost no traffic on I-70 East, headed to Fairway, Kansas. And up ahead I see a couple racks of red lights, the Highway Patrol. They had pulled someone over and were out talking to them, likely giving them a ticket. Who knows?
So as I approached I slowed way down. They were like 15 feet off the highway on the shoulder. I went from 65 down to 45 MPH. And as I passed, I looked at them and moved on.
Within minutes I’m being lighted up by the Highway Patrol car behind me!
So I pull over to the shoulder. The TROOPER gets out of his car, comes to my passenger side and taps on the window. "Let me see your license and Insurance papers," he said. I said, what’s up? I wasn’t speeding. And the trooper said, "Didn’t you see me and my partner back there? Why didn’t you change lanes? When the outside lane is open you have to move to that lane when passing police who are on the shoulder!"
I said, officer, I used to be in law enforcement and I’ve never heard of that one. I was very polite. Thank God! He looked at my drivers license and said you took the test in 2009, it’s on the test.
I don’t remember that question, does anyone?
It could have been a $400 ticket but he gave me a warning. I felt relieved.
As I took off I thought, is that even true? You have to move to the outside lane if it’s available. Who knew?
Boy, it’s getting so Big Brother out there.
Glad I don’t drink much. I’ve had a couple pullovers because the police said I crossed the white line (probable cause to pull you over). But I hadn’t had one drink so they seemed disappointed and moved on.
Maybe I need to drive an SUV. They don’t seem to be so interested in those guys.
Are you guys getting pulled over more these days? Christ.