Last year, as I was driving along and completely minding my own business yet perhaps speeding in a school zone, I was pulled over and received a ticket. Actually, it wasn’t shocking. I was in the wrong because I wasn’t paying attention and I was moving just a tad too fast.
I hate getting tickets.
I hate getting caught doing something wrong. It sucks. Not that I would know about that to even be in that position. Nope, not me.
Let’s fast forward about 6 months or so into the future and stop at today. This morning. 7:45am, or thereabouts.
I’m driving my son to school. Squinting behind my glasses because that morning sun is blinding. Sometimes there is no way to block it, even with glasses and the sun visor. I try to avoid squinting whenever possible because I’m trying to avoid crow’s feet. And fine lines. For as long as possible.
Where was I? Hmm…
I’m driving my son to school. In a school zone. GOING THE SPEED LIMIT. Which, in a school zone, as we ALL know is 25 mph(I’m assuming we all know that).
A cop. From the same city that pulled me over a little over 6 months ago. Is behind me. And by behind me, I mean…
I look in my rearview mirror.
He’s agitated and annoyed at the slowness of my vehicle. Which…as I said…was being driven 25mph. In a school zone. Where…there is a elementary school. So, it’s a school zone for obvious reasons. AND…I’m following the law because DUH…there are signs everywhere stating it’s a school zone.
I approach the school drive.
The cop dude is still in my back seat, his hands tapping restlessly on his steering wheel and he has a very dirty look on his face. Well, I’m strictly assuming it’s a dirty look and not his actual face.
I speed up to 27 mph. Because I was worried that he was going to end up going completely through us. And, being the Momma Bear that I am, I have to drive faster to protect my youngest offspring.
He speeds up to 27.
I slow down.
He has no choice, he slows down.
I turn into the school parking lot. But first, I engage my right turn signal. Because it’s the law. And there is a lawman about to be on my lap.
He’s so close, I assume he’s going to follow me into the parking lot to give me a ticket for whatever unknown reason he could possibly come up with.
He doesn’t turn.
He continues on.
And slams on his breaks because…
He encountered another law-abiding citizen to tailgate.
I pull into the parking lot and drop my son off at school.
I’ve continue on with my day, actually enjoying it tremendously…thanks to my friend Karen.
But I’ve been obsessing about this because it’s annoying the piss out of me.
Because of the fact that I had gotten a ticket from the West Bloomfield police for speeding through THAT EXACT school zone. In fact, I was pulled over in the exact spot where this asshole policeman started tailgating me.
And not only was he trying to speed but he was trying to go through my car in order to break this law.
As a regular citizen, I would have gotten a ticket for that exact behavior.
As a cop, he can get away with it.
That…pisses me off.
This has absolutely happened to me. Many a time. Not in the same place where I’ve gotten a ticket, but damn close in the vicinity.
I’m with you … I would have been steamin’.
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I know what u mean I’m sick of the police speeding, talking on the phone& playing with their computers!!! Horrible!
Another Suburban Mom says
If you know remember the car number, call the dept, ask to speak to the chief and report him.
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A) I have been known to report terrible drivers to the police and have in at least one case actually gotten someone pulled over. I don’t know if I would have been brave enough to actually report a cop – depends on my crankiness level when the tailgating started. Right now I’m feeling pretty feisty and want to say yes I would have called to complain.
B) I have also been known to slam on my brakes and/or drive super slow when being tailgated. Obviously these options are less attractive when being followed y someone who can issue a citation for erratic driving, but, depending on your own personal reliance on a vehicle/ability to secure a loaner if yours is in the shop it might be totally worth it to hit the brakes just enough that the cop rear ends you. obviously not enough to injure anyone with your child in the car, but a little fender bender could be just the remedy for a dickhead cop. Cause you can bet he’s going to get his ass handed to him for hitting a civilian driving the speed limit.
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ohhhh… our school zone speed limit is 20mph…
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Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels says
And it should! What is he going to do if he runs over a kid? Jackass.
I’m sure as soon as he got to the precinct, he wrote himself a ticket for tailgating. He let himself off with a warning for the speeding because you know it was only 2 MPH over the posted limit.
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