I looked back, and there were red and blue lights flashing.
I pulled over at the closest safe place to stop.
Out popped 2 policemen who “judiciously” approached my car door.
“Ma’am, we clocked you at 40 in the 25 zone back there.”
(I was rushing to a doctor’s appointment after school).
Mr. Policeman took my registration and proof of insurance. I didn’t have my licence or my purse with me. I guess I left without it today. (Gak!)
The two men took my information and went into their paddywagon -for about 6 hours (I think). Sitting there, I called the doctor’s office to tell them I would be late. (the lady on the phone said “no problem” .
I have not had a driving infraction for YEARS. “Do they ever give ‘warnings’ any more?”, I hoped. Then, “what are they doing back there?” When Policeman 1 and Policeman 2 came back to my car, one of them said that he was gonna “give me a break”…. The bottom line: Instead of getting 4 points and a $190.00 fine, I would get NO points and a $160.00 fine.
“Thank you so much,” I said.
Thank you that I didn’t hurt anybody, …that I didn’t hurt myself, …that the likes of you didn’t nab me the thousand other times that I did something boneheaded on the road.
I am not a bad or dangerous driver. I do not like to be NEAR any cars and I always keep a big distance away from them on the road. Still, the truth is, it’s very hard to be a good driver, everyday, every time. Driving is a lot of WORK. Anyway, I’m mad at myself for rushing, for not being more aware and more careful.
I will pay the bill quickly, ….by tonight, …and I will go out to the mailbox before bed, and drop it in. This will ensure a sounder night’s sleep. I think I am embarrassed…..for myself. I want this to disappear right away from my eyes. Hopefully it will be at least another several years before this happens to me again. Why can’t I say: “This will never happen again?”
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