posted on Sep, 19 2016 @ 11:26 AM
Late last night, on my return from dropping my sister off to catch a flight in Canada I was pulled over by a police officer for a burned out
headlight. A quick background on what started this encounter. My wife and sister-in-law get very nervous when I exceed 60mph, or when trucks pass me
on the U.S. interstates. They also get nervous when I drive over high bridges. So to keep them from constantly nagging me, I decided to save a few
dollars on interstate tolls and take an older two-way highway home to help calm down their anxiety. As everyone is aware, speed limits reduce when
highways approach small towns. I was minding the speed limits in town, but occasionally I would exceed the speed limits outside of town by about 5 or
As I was driving outside of a small town that I had just drove through, I immediately noticed the lights of a squad car in my rear view mirror. A
feeling of disgust overwhelmed me and I looked at my wife thinking I must have been speeding. I said well this trip is going to cost me more than
what I expected! (Of course my wife and sister-in-law started laying a guilt trip on me about driving too fast, lol).
A polite young office approached my rolled down driver’s side window as I presented him with my driver’s license. Before he said anything, I
politely said, “officer I must have been exceeding the speed limit.” He politely said oh no, the reason I pulled you over was because you had a
burned out headlight on the passenger side of your van. A feeling of relief overcame me and I said, “really, I wasn’t aware of that.” I told
him we were approximately an hour away from home and asked if there was any suggestions I should do since it was late at night. He told me “no not
really, but you know you can be pulled over again for your light being out.”
Now here is where I feel he infringed on my rights. He then says, “sir have you had any drinks tonight” and I immediately said no, not at all.
He then says, did you do any drinking earlier in the day?” My wife immediately interceded and says “officer, my husband and I are not
drinkers.” (My wife and I don’t even keep beer or booze in our house! I may have an occasional beer when I’m out with friends, but that’s
about it. There was no smell of booze on me or in our van.
I believe he stepped over the line with that type of questioning. My wife who has always supported the police says to me after he lets us proceed,
“that wasn’t right that he asked you if you were drinking let alone asking you if you had any drinks earlier in the day.” You certainly were
not driving erratically. I was pulled over for a burned out headlight, yet he was fishing to slap me with a DUI!!! Sure sounds like police are
really over-stepping their authority and care more about meeting their ticket quotas.
What says you ATS?