I am interested in hearing member's recollections while having encounters with law enforcement officers. The good, as well as bad and ugly. Especially
(if you are old enough) those encounters since 2001, as opposed to prior years.
Is there a difference? Better or worse? Do you remember getting a warning ticket in years past? Have you received a warning lately? Do they seem more
tolerant and friendly, or more aggresive and hostile?
I will start the ball rolling:
As I am very careful because I don't want any more encounters of my own, my last one was in 2004 (thanks Lord). We (my wife, granddaughter and I) were
returning from a 4th of July camping vacation in east TX.
We were between Bastrop and San Marcos in a well-known speed trap area. We were travelling at 70 mph, my wife driving and me in the passenger seat.
A TX DPS trooper went by going the opposite direction, at least as fast as we were going. He turned around abdruptly and began following us. I thought
my wife was maybe speeding, but she was sure she wasn't.
The trooper came up to my (passenger) side of the car. I rolled down the window and asked what was the problem. He said I wasn't wearing a seatbelt. I
said, no sir I was and showed him. He said I wasn't wearing it properly! I said what??? Well, I had the shoulder strap tucked under my arm, as I had a
sunburn from the camping trip. I explained this to him.
He asked me to step out of the vehicle. It was then that I told my inner PO'd self to keep the mouth zipped no matter what. Good thing, he was testing
me, He made me stand on the side of the road with my wife and granddaughter waiting for at least 10 minutes. He got on the radio and called my info
in. He came back and began writing a ticket. I said I didn't know that I was breaking the law. I knew he was trolling as there was no way he could see
the status of the seat belt passing going the opposite direction at 70mph. The minivan had tinted windows, no way.
He thanked me for being so courteous, as if to taunt me; he must have known I was biting my toungue. One last dig before he let me go, IMO.
When we were finally allowed to be on our way, we saw two other DPS within 1.5 miles on the same stretch of road with folks pulled over.
The ticket cost $150, NICE.....!
I'm sure others have better one's than this, as do I.
edit on 24-1-2011 by 1SawSomeThings because: more info