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Friday, May 15, 2009

The Police Should Always Lead by Example

policeEarlier today, I was driving home from the supermarket and happened to pull up next to a police car at a traffic light. The cop driving the car was yapping on a cell phone. His windows were rolled up so I couldn't hear what he was talking about, but I assumed it wasn't a serious call, because he was doing a lot of laughing and smiling. When the light turned green, I noticed that this cop was still talking on his phone, while driving. I gave him a you-should-know-better look, then made a turn, which took me away from the police car and down a road near my home.

A few seconds later, I looked into my rear-view mirror to find that the same police car was now tailgating me. The officer hadn't done anything to signal me to stop. He was just following me very closely. I immediately recognized the game he was playing, so instead of driving to my place, I circled the block a number of times, being very careful not to make any driving-related mistakes. The officer followed, patiently and intimidatingly. Tired of this game, I parked in a parking lot far from my front door, and waited for him to make his move. Of course, he couldn't do anything, since I did nothing wrong, so he took off.

I do not regret giving that police officer that look.

For some years now, I've been hoping that cops get a lot more serious about cracking down on people chatting on the cell phones while driving, but based on my own anecdotal experience, it doesn't look like I'm gonna' get my wish. Yep: it's time to write a letter to the Mayor.

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Anonymous blackMARKER1 said...

I actually have encountered the same situation that you have, except I was driving to a gas station. Quite disappointing, isn't it? The people who are supposed to enforce the laws can't even obey them...

Saturday, August 07, 2010 6:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The majority of people will not even try to shut down the cellphone sue until they or a loved one are in a serious accident. It says a lot about the safety rating of modern cars that people aren't blue-crossed every time they take them out. Sadly, this leads to more careless use...

Friday, September 17, 2010 8:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Brooklyn Insurance said...

If the cops do it, then you can be sure as hell that others will do it also!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011 3:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Car Insurance California said...

Wow props to you. It's good to see regular people taking initiative to uphold the law.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 3:39:00 PM  

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