Good Friday Morning!
Dan Wells writing. I hope this note finds you well and in good spirits.
To say that I'm glad this week is over is an understatement!
7 days. Pulled over 2 separate times AND FOLLOWED TWICE...What? Is it karma, am I a target (because I drive to work at 2:30am) or is it just another way the state is looking to take more money out of our pockets?
My gut tells me it's probably a mix of all of the above.
I will not deny that I have a bit of a lead-foot. I do, however, know the difference between speeding illegally and going a few miles per hour over for good reason. Going 75mph in a 65mph zone is fair game for a understandable ticket. Getting pulled over at 5:15 a.m. (going to a liveshot in a FOX 19 car) for going 6mph over in a 35mph zone is where my mind begins to wonder.
Yup, I received a $145 dollar fine for that one and now I have to go to traffic school.
Six days later I pull out of my driveway, drive through my neighborhood (speed limit of 25), at 2:30am and I find myself following a member of law enforcement. The police vehicle suddenly pulls off on a side street, lets me pass, and then proceeds to follow me. I maintain my speed around 25mph, fully stop at the stop sign, use my turn signal to indicate my turn. Not a second later, I see the blue blinking lights in my rear view mirror.
You have GOT to be kidding me. It is 2:30 in the morning. As I already knew, I had done nothing wrong.
I was told I was pulled over because my headlight MAY have been out? Really, I doubt that...I think my stop was really just to check if I was drinking...now don't get me wrong, I appreciate getting DUI drivers off the road, but this was in my mind entrapment, plain and simple.
Anyway, after NO ticket, and being told I did NOTHING wrong, I politely thanked the officer and continue to work.
It all makes me think, wow these cops must really be bored, the state needs money or there is a method to this law enforcement - stalking madness, at this point I'm just not sure what it is.
Hopefully my hard lessons learned will serve as helpful warning to all of you!