F*** the police (actually, f*** me)

You know how everything can be going well, life is swimming along, you’re happy and cool and chillin’ and planning and then—lights.

You’re pulled over by the cops.

That’s what happened to me a few minutes ago. I was ticketed for going 49 in a 30. Even worse, I was pulled over in, literally, the exact same spot a month ago. That time, the officer let me off with a seatbelt violation—no points. This time, I wasn’t so lucky.

I know … I know—how does one get two tickets for the same violation in the same spot? I’m not sure. All I can say if I’ve been driving this stinkin’ road for almost a decade, without ever getting pulled over. It’s long and straight, and while the speed limit is 30, I whispers out, “Drive me 50 … I can handle it.”

I’ve had tickets before, and 99% of the time the officer is pleasant and accomodating. Today, the guy was anything but. He was gruff and ordery, and as he wrote up my ticket I smelled cigarette smoke. I peered at my rearview window and saw him writing the ticket while taking a puff. When he returned, I couldn’t fully help myself. As he walked away from the car, I said, “Police officers are allowed to smoke?”

He said, “Yeah.”

“Wow,” I said. “That’s surprising.”

He wasn’t pleased. “What does that have to do with you speeding?” he said.

“Nothing,” I said. “Just curious.”

Admittedly, my comments were dumb. I was just irked.

And I still am.

8 thoughts on “F*** the police (actually, f*** me)”

  1. I got two tickets in the same place. Crossing the bridge over the Cumberland into East Nashville. Do you remember what’s there on the left?

  2. After your smart remark there is a very good possibility you just drew a giant Bulls-eye on the hood of your car.
    Most cops are decent.
    The jerks stand out, and will continually screw you. Seems this guy sort of stood out.

  3. You DESERVED that ticket and they should have also given you a ticket for not wearing your seat-belt last month. As a father of 2 children I hope you at least make THEM wear theirs. Are the rules different for you? Or by not wearing your seat-belt are you protesting government over-reach? I think not. Obey the laws or find another street to drive on because you are surly a marked man now!

      1. gotta agree with Bobby, you should always be wearing your seatbelt, even if your car is off or you’re parked. especially so since you’re a father. not worth the risk just to look ‘cool.’

  4. I’m a little late on seeing this post of yours, but I live in Massachusetts and I believe it’s against the law for police officers and firefighters to smoke. A firefighter got fired a few weeks ago (I believe in the town of Weymouth) and the reason being reported is that he was caught smoking and it mentioned the law. The firefighter is appealing it right now.

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