December 25, 2005

Yes Sir, Officer

Jay Tea, of Wizbang, tells of being let off with a warning after politely admitting error to a traffic cop, as do some of his commenters. NP tells a similar tale.

Shortly after he got his license, he was pulled over for going 90 miles per hour on the expressway.
"Do you know how fast you were going?"
"Yes sir, officer, I was doing 90."
"And why were you doing 90 in a 55 zone?"
"Because I'm young and stupid."
After running the license and seeing that the record was clean, the officer came back and asked, "You're not going to be stupid on my stretch of road again, are you?" "Oh, no sir, officer." He was genuinely warned, and assures me that he hasn't been thusly stupid since.

On the other hand, a woman I worked with back before I moved told of a cousin of hers who had just upgraded from a 3 Series to a 5 Series Mercedes, and was driving the Indiana Toll Road as if it was the Autobahn. When the officer asked "Are you in a hurry to get somewhere" he snapped back "Yes. Is this going to take long?" It did. A polite "No sir, officer. I just got the car and I guess I got carried away" might have gotten him a ticket for less than the actual speed, saving him a lot on insurance thereafter. It certainly would have saved him from having to demonstrate that the turn signals, brake lights and windshield wipers functioned as required by law.

Posted by triticale at December 25, 2005 09:37 PM | TrackBack

Here I thought it was my femininity (in addition to being polite and contrite) that's gotten me by all these years.

Posted by: Sanna at December 26, 2005 01:38 PM

Manners and patience can carry you far (and sometimes keep you out of the pokey!) Just one more example....

Merry Christmas! :)

Posted by: Richmond at December 26, 2005 04:32 PM

Got pulled over by a State Trooper last week because he claimed I was "tail-gating" him in the left lane of I-295. To which I replied "You were doing 60 in a 70 zone in the left lane." He said "I sped up to 80 and you STILL tail-gated me!!" To which I said, "Hell, I thought we were getting it on."

No ticket. Chewed my butt though. No sense of humor on that guy.

Posted by: Velociman at December 28, 2005 09:50 PM
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