Wow! That was close...

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  1. each1teach1

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    So today I went to my best friend's bridal shower. There was karaoke, a jacuzzi and a stripper pole; a good time was had by all. When we got ready to go home, it was a little after ten. Well, one of the girl's cars was completely dead. Nothing worked. So we popped the hood and I pulled my car around and turned my high beams on so they could see. Well, finally the bride's father shows up with his big F-350 so he was like "You can go on home. I'll handle this." So I pulled off and head home. But I'm in an unfamiliar area and I'm trying to use my GPS system to go home, but the GPS is moving a little slow so I'm lost. Well, suddenly I see a police officer coming towards me and then he swings behind me. Well, since I'm well beneath the speed limit, because I'm lost, I don't even think that anything of it. But then he hits his lights and my stomach sinks and look at my dash board. Yes, my high beams are still on. I'm like "Crap. Well there goes my spending money for the next month. "

    I pull off into a parking lot and lower my music and my window. He comes up to my car and touches the back of my car (which being the reality junkie I am, I know this is done so that if anything happens to the officer, his finger prints are proof that he came in contact with me and my vehicle) and then shines his flashlight in my eyes. License and proof of insurance. Well, I'd just come from a party and I didn't have my full wallet. I had my license, my debit card and the plastic insurance card from progressive, but not the sheet form with alll the info. I didn't know I needed the paper form. When I hand the my license and the "insurance card" to the copy. He's like there's nothing I can do with this; See if you can find the paper. Well, of course, I can't. I have no clue where it is. He says he'll try to pull up my policy via my license plate, but that if he can't, I'll get a ticket for not having my insurance card.

    Long story short, he was able to so I didn't get the ticket. He tells me, he pulled me over "because high beams are my pet peeve" and warns me to call Progressive and get the verification of insurance and make sure I carry it with me. I think it helped my case that when he ran my license, I don't have a criminal record and had never even received a speeding ticket. He question why I was so far from where I live so late at night and I was able to give him the exact address of where I was coming from, but I was SO nervous trying to explain myself and was having brief pauses even answering basic questions like "is __________ road where you live now?" "...no, it's my mailing address" "where do you live?" "...ummm...uptown." "What brings you over to this side of town". "...my best friend's bridal shower". "Where was that?" "...umm..creek...crestwood...1234 crestwood". lol. I'd never interacted with a police officer before.

    Have you ever received or nearly received a ticket? What happened?
     
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  3. Ms. I

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    Glad you didn't get a ticket. I've been driving for 19 yrs & can count the # of tickets I've gotten on 1 hand, but I've never gotten a warning.

    The last time I got a ticket was almost my last day of student teaching a 6th grade class in a not so good city I never drive in otherwise. It was in the morning on the way to the school & there was a field trip that day to a nearby university. I had my seat belt on, but the strap wasn't over my body, I had my arm & shoulder on top, so the cop thought I wasn't wearing it at all. I wasn't about to get into an argument w/ him about it, so I just took my ticket & went on my way. Needless to say that wasn't the way I wanted to start my day! :mad:
     
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    I have been pulled over 5 times in the last 28 years. I got two speeding tickets, one ticket for expired tabs, one warning and the last time I got pulled over, the guy was such a jerk. Pulled over for doing 65 in a 60 mph. He actually came on me so fast from the shoulder that I thought he wanted past me. My husband called to complain about him being such a jerk. Turns out he wasn't a cop!! A guy was arrested the next week for pulling over women to assult them!!!! I had someone else in the car--- I think that saved my life!!!
     
  5. each1teach1

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    Wow! That's scary. I nearly always drive by myself. The best I can do is make sure someone knows where I'm going. I use my GPS tracker a lot because from the crime reality TV I watch, they can at least use your GPS signal to retrace your steps if your tracker is registered, which mine is. So at least they'd know where to look. This was the first time I've been pulled over by a cop, but I pulled into a parking lot and they have cameras and bright lights.

    I started driving late (got my license when I was 19 and started driving on a regular basis when I was 20) and in 3 years, I've gotten 2 parking tickets, no speeding tickets and, now, 1 warning. The cop I dealt with started off really no-nonsense, but by the end it was kind of like "ok, here's a college aged driver who doesn't have it together, but isn't up to anything." In reviewing the situation, I think that I probably wouldn't have been pulled over if it hadn't have been late Saturday night when cops are looking for drunk drivers. After all, I was driving like 10-15 miles under the speed limit with my brights on. He probably thought I was a drunk and then when he realized I wasn't he was like "Well, straighten up and fly right. So there!"
     
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    I've been pulled a few times in my 12 years of driving - one warning, no tickets. But every time I've been pulled over, the officer asks me if I HAVE a license, not "Can I see you license and registration?"

    Terpto - that so is frightening! It is one of my worst nightmares. Good thing you had someone with you!
     
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    What the heck about the insurance?! I've never heard of anyone needing the full sheet of detailed of information--that's why the insurance companies provide the wallet card. Weird.
     
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    I have never heard of that before either. Or of a cop pulling someone over for having their high beams on. It must have been because you were going slow - they must have thought you were drunk or something.
     
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    I've gotten two tickets, one bogus and one I deserved. The most recent one was on my second or third day teaching and I had a rough day. A student told me to "suck my edit" (yes, he said edit like he wouldn't get in trouble for it) and I got lost on the way home. When the cop pulled me over I was doing 80 in a 65 so I deserved the ticket, and my tag was expired by like 4 months so I really deserved a ticket for that too, but when he asked me why I hadn't got a new one yet I just lost it and started crying and telling him how we were broke but I just got a job teaching and a kid told me to suck his... and I got lost trying to go home... He gave me a warning on the tag since I swore I'd get a new one as soon as I got my first check, which I did.
     
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    In my near 20 years of driving I have been pulled over 6 times, always for speeding, never more than 10 mph over (not that it makes it okay). I have never been given a ticket.

    My DH has never been pulled over! He doesn't ever go over the speed limit. But, he loves cars and engines.
     
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    I've been pulled over once, when I was sixteen. The minute the officer got up to the window I started crying and what came out of my mouth was something like,"I'm so glad you're here...there were these guys in a car, and they were acting like they were chasing me, and I was really scared, and I just want to go home!"

    He escorted me home.
     
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    I've been pulled over several times. But I only get tickets from female cops. Once was on my 16th birthday-it was a guy cop, and I cried. He let me off. We had about 100 balloons in the car, which should have been an automatic ticket, but it was a small town and we were good kids. I got a ticket speeding on the way to student teaching once. I totally deserved that one. Although my window was fogged so I couldn't see the speed limit suddenly dropped about 30 mph. I just got one about 3 months ago for doing 70 on the highway by our place-it's a 55 mph zone. They are SO picky about that, and I really had no idea it was so low. Again, it drops suddenly. I never go over 60 now. There are cops everywhere, and you always see cards pulled over. But I never realized that until it happened to me. That ticket was almost $300!!!
     
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    That is really weird that he asked for your proof of insurance. To get my plates and registration, I had to take my proof of insurance to the DMV. So the fact that I have current license plates on my car means I have insurance, I think. The only insurance card I carry with me is my customer ID number scrawled down on an old gum wrapper tucked behind my license. Do you think he would've accepted that? :lol:
     
  14. each1teach1

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    I had to show proof of insurance to take the car off the lot and that wasn't even a full year ago. As far as the gum wrapper :spitwater:, I didn't think to try it. After he wouldn't take the official hard, plastic card from progressive, I just kind of spazzed.
     
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    I've been pulled over too many times to count, but all but a few of those times I've either gotten out of it on the spot, or had one of my several cop friends make the tickets disappear. I'm not bad with speeding, but rolling through stop signs....*sigh*...well, I'll have to work on that now that I'm in unfamiliar territory.
     
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    I've only ever been pulled over once, and it was a bogus reason. I used to live in a VERY quiet and VERY safe town where cops really had nothing better to do. DH and I were out at 2:30 on a Saturday morning as we were hanging out with friends and family at a sports bar after his sister's wedding. Since I didn't have anything to drink, I drove his car. Anyway, I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary but a cop decided he was pulling me over. I'm shaking and trying REALLY hard not to cry as I walk over to his vehicle to hand him my license and registration (DH was looking for our insurance info). He shines his really bright flashlight in my eyes and sternly asks, "Have you been drinking? Your eyes look watery, which is a sign you've been drinking." I explain to him that I don't drink, which then leads him to ask, "You're CRYING?!?" When he realized how upset and freaked out I was, he started trying to calm me down. When I ask why I was pulled over (after all, I wasn't speeding, I came to a complete stop at the stop sign, I used my turn signal, blah blah blah), he hesitated before motioning to the back of my husband's car and telling me that his muffler is a bit too loud. (BS. His muffler wasn't as quiet as it should have been, but there was no way the cop would have heard it from inside his vehicle.) He still kept trying to calm me down and explaining that I'm not in trouble, but he did write a warning for the muffler. All things aside, he was a nice guy. :p
     

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