posted on Dec, 23 2008 @ 02:22 PM
I'm 51 years old and I've lived - and driven - all over the country. I've never once had a truly bad experience with a police officer.
Yes, I've gotten a couple of warnings. Yes, I've gotten a few tickets. But I've always been treated with courtesy and respect - just like I treated
I have been "arrested" once. It's a very long story, but I went downtown and 'turned myself in' for a book-and-release over a breaking and
entering charge. They did have to cuff me, photograph me, and fingerprint me but they were all very polite and kind, and when they had to leave me in
the waiting room (cuffed to the bench) they made sure I was off by myself and well away from the other men in the room.
Be polite, show a little respect, do what they ask you to do. That isn't humbling yourself or groveling, it's simply according them what you really
should accord any human being who hasn't done you or yours any harm and has legal authority over you.
The Friday after Thanksgiving, my friend and I went to a state park near Stillwater, OK to ride our horses. There was a football game that evening, so
traffic was really bad as we headed home pulling 2 horses in a horse trailer. My truck had been having some problems - I knew it had a radiator leak -
but I had filled it with water just before we left. Unfortunately, I forgot to factor in the stop-and-go traffic and wasn't watching my gauges as
closely as I should have been. I glanced down to see my temperature gauge pegged and pulled off onto the shoulder to put more water in it. The truck
died when I stopped and wouldn't start again.
After 20 minutes it still wouldn't start, so my friend called her husband to come and get the horses, who were getting very upset by passing trucks
shaking the trailer. Finally we let the horses out and took them off to the side of the road while waiting for her husband.
As we're waiting, a state trooper comes cruising by the other direction and, upon noticing us, crosses the median and pulls up behind us. Oh, poop!!!
My disabled truck and trailer are barely off the highway, and I'm pretty sure it's not legal to be grazing horses on lead ropes on the side of the
He got out of his vehicle and walked over to us, realizing that we couldn't go to him because we had the horses on lead ropes. We explained the
situation, whereupon he became very friendly. He petted the horses and chatted with us about horses for a bit, then remarked that it seemed as if we
had the situation under control and didn't need his help, then left. No ticket, no warning. He just wanted to see if we needed help, and when we
didn't he left.
Most of the time they ARE on our side, if we let them be.
(Just so as not to leave you wondering, her husband came and got the horses in his trailer, then came back and got my trailer, and later that night my
husband and I were able to get the truck started and get it home.)