|The Inevitable Will Happen|
Any of us who are out on "Escapes" know that this is a real possibility on any outing. Over the generations, all of my cars have seemed to have a "going fast" look even when sitting still. That is not to say that most of my traffic tickets were not earned. However, it never has helped to drive a rolling target.
One of my memorable stops was on an afternoon driving home from work on Florida's I95; "Office I was thinking the speed limit is 95?" was not the defense I was going to try. The State Highway Patrol officer approached the car on the passenger side and asked if I was aware of my speed. I honestly answered "No". His next request was a license, registration, and proof of insurance. First I handed him my driver's license, which did not fully represent how I presented that afternoon.
"IT IS ME". Seemed kind of lane but was the best and most concise explication I could come up with. At that point, he fully studied the license and me. I said nothing further. He asked for the other documents and then retreated to his police vehicle to verify the information and just write my ticket; I hoped.
How I was dressed was completely legal and it was irrelevant to the stop. I was not going to turn this into an outreach moment nor turn this into anything but a routine traffic stop. See: How to Talk to Police When You're Pulled Over
I watched as he got out of his car and walked back to my car. Very professionally I was given a stern,"Let's watch our speed", along with my speeding ticket and documents. He then told me:
"Have a good day SIR."
OK, what is your best story? Please share and especially share any funny or positive interactions. Let me caution that driving while intoxicated will never have a good outcome. Just don't do it, no matter how you are dressed!