I'm reeling mad since my encounter with a local Police Officer yesterday. When I saw his lights in the rear view, I assumed that he was going to pass me and go after someone else. No such luck.
I was driving my new mini-van with my dogs in the back for the first time. I was cruising down the hill at what I assumed was the speed limit, 35 mph. He crept along the side of the van, like spider man. As he held his back against the side of the van, he requested that I open my window. Mmm. On the freeway on-ramp, with my crazy dogs in the back. I don't think so. So, I hit the window and rolled it down about one more inch.
Yes, I have my vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. Yes, my drivers license address is correct. Yes, I've done everything required to be driving this car. TEN miles over the speed limit? Geez, dude, relax. I'm just a woman taking my dogs out for a walk! Why so uptight? This cop was really stiff! Don't you have some sort of wise guy class that helps you to decipher the difference between a bad guy and the Mini-Van driving Mom of a Golden Retriever? Okay, I was speeding. Okay, okay. Just give me the ticket.
Here's the clincher. As he hands me the $162.00 ticket he tells me that this is a 4 point ticket. IF I pay my fine on time, it will be lowered to a 2 point ticket. When I got home, I immediately went to the internet to search out 4 point traffic violations. What I found was out right corruption. CORRUPTION. A 4 point traffic violation includes things like drag racing, driving under the influence, reckless driving, etc. A TWO point traffic violation is driving 10 miles over the speed limit.
The moral of this democracy ... We are charging you with something serious and costly. Give us a lot of money and we'll let you get off with what you really did. Man, HOA dues to two associations, mandatory activity center assessments, taxes, rules, bailouts, etc., and now I'm paying fines for something that I didn't do. How is a person supposed to survive anymore? Get me out of this municipality! Get me back to the ranch. Can't wait!
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