Sunday, Police Action Sunday
Yesterday I drove to the small downtown section of a small town to meet with a group of photographers. It was our scheduled monthly get together.
I pulled into a parking spot and as I put ‘er in park, I noticed a police car parked right behind me.
As I opened my door to exit the vehicle, I noticed a uniformed police officer approaching me.
Me: “Hello, officer.”
PO: (stoic) “Hello.”
Me: “What can I do for you?”
PO: “You can’t make that left turn you just made.”
ME: *puzzled look* Then I consider being a cutup and saying, “Oh, but I can! I just did! Wanna see me do it again?” But I rein in my inner smart alec.
PO: (looking at my puzzled look) “You made a turn across the lane to get into this parking spot. You can’t do that.”
Me: “Really? Oh shit.” (<- yes, I actually said oh shit to a cop. Not the brightest bulb that Albuquerque Public Schools has ever turned out.)
PO: "Yes, really. It's painted there on the pavement (he points) and there's a sign on most of the light poles down the street. (he points again)"
Me: (now sheepish because I really hadn't noticed) "Oh. Ok. Do you need to see my license?"
PO: "No, that's ok. I'm just warning you. Don't do it again."
Me: (quavering) "Thank you, sir. I appreciate it. Have a good evening."
PO: (walking back to his car) "You too, ma'am."
Me: (inside voice) shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit
Once I got done quaking in my rain boots, I realized...that police officer did me a solid favor.
See, my last encounter with the black and whites was less than 18 months ago. Why does that matter? In California, every eighteen months you can take an online driver's ed class which masks a point on your license. You only get one every 18 months. So if I got a ticket I was plum outta luck in terms of my insurance.
I was a little down and dour that day while headed to my meeting, but the rare kindness of the police officer brought a little decency to my gray and rainy day.
Plus, I recalled one of the few bits of advice I carry with me from driver's ed classes. A police officer came to speak to us. He said, "Always be courteous to a police officer. ALWAYS. It might make the difference between getting a ticket and getting off with a warning."
Thank YOU, McGinnis School of Driving.
Photo by Nick Cowie and used royalty free from stock.xchng.