12.27.2008

Warning

I traveled back from Jax today. I got almost home, and then I saw the dreaded flashing lights behind me. Our tags are expired, but we registered online before we left, so we're just waiting for them to come in the mail. I told the police officer this, and he just let me go. Usually, it costs me money when I get pulled over. No mercy most of the time.

Do you usually get ticketed when pulled over, or do you get let off, or are you one of those that has never been pulled over?

3 comments:

Matt W. said...

We are not the best about tags ourselves, but this year we got them the day before they expired, so, I guess that's lucky...

Anyway, I've been pulled over 5 times and gotten one ticket, and that was for speeding, 50 in a 35, I was 18 or 19 at the time, and that was the first time I got pulled over. The second time was for running a red light, but it was late at night and there were no other cars around (except the cop, naturally) and he just told me not to do it again, and let me go. Then I got pulled over for speeding on a back road, I was going 75 or so down a steep hill in a 45 or 50 mph zone, but the Trooper let me off with a warning, not sure if it was the looks Amy was giving me or my Volunteer EMT sticker. Then I got pulled over for turning right on red when the sign said not to, but he stopped me right in front of the Ambulance Station where I worked and I was in uniform, and just explained that I came around that corner 90% of the time in an Ambulance, which wouldn't ever get pulled over (in our area, there are regions of the country where they'll nail an Ambulance faster than they will anyone else) and so I just looked up at him and said, "You know how that is." He actually laughed and just said not to do it in my personal car anymore, and let me go. Then, after we moved to Florida I got pulled over once for having a headlight out, but we explained that it had just gone out (or at least we had just discovered it, and she let us go with a warning to get it fixed.

So that's the list. What I have found works best is to be staggeringly honest (ie. "Yes sir, I was speeding" or "Yes Sir, I just ran that red light" or something along those lines) and to treat the officer with tremendous respect. Keep my hands on the wheel where he/she can see them as they approach, when they ask for my license I tell them where it is and get it out very slowly and in as plain of view as possible so that they know I'm not trying anything, and then sit there patiently while they do whatever it is they have to do. This has gotten me out of more tickets than tears have for Amy, but even if you get the ticket, it's the right thing to do.

manofdepravity.com said...

been pulled over once....and get one ticket. fricken lame.

Crystal G said...

I've been pulled over twice and got a ticket every time. You do NOT want me to go on that rant.