Thursday, July 14, 2011

Do You Know Why I Pulled You Over ?

I am fairly certain this blog title needs virtually no explanation.  If you are a person who has never been asked that question, then consider yourself lucky (or way too cautious behind the wheel of a car).

It was a unique series of events that led to my being asked that question by the fine Officer of the Colorado Springs Police Department.  I'm not blaming anyone but me (and I told the cop it was my fault and thanked him for holding me accountable for a very poor series of decisions) ... but I thought the circumstances leading up to the situation were interesting.

I was originally going to leave work at Noon, so I could pick up my kids and go play basketball.  But Karen suggested I just go straight to basketball so I decided not to leave until about 12:15pm.

As I was getting ready to leave, I said goodbye to Ellen (the supervisor who sits in the aisle next to me) because I wouldn't see her again until next Tuesday.  This led to a short conversation with her ... until the phone at my desk rang.

I answered the phone and had a short conversation with my brother-in-law Daniel, who had a general question about Progressive EFT / Banking procedures.

This led to my leaving work later than I wanted ... but it also made me miss a text from my wife.

As I was walking to my car, my phone beeped with a reminder about that text.  I checked the message and decided to call home (it was not a happy message).

I continued talking with my wife as I was driving toward the church for basketball.  While driving and talking (bad combination, especially when emotions are high) I realized that there was construction in my lane ... so I sped up to pass the car on my left and merge before reaching the first flagman.  Because of this, I did not notice that there was a police officer on the opposite side of the street with his speed gun directed right at me.  Suffice it to say, he caught me ... and rightfully so!  I was too preoccupied to be driving safely and I deserved to be pulled over.  I'm not happy about it, but I hold no ill will at all to the policeman.

Hopefully this $130 lesson will linger for many years so I don't have to make more donations to the local police department.  :)

Crime doesn't pay ... but "criminals" sure do!

1 comment:

  1. Dang! Busted! I loved your quip that "crime doesn't pay, but criminals sure do!" So true! Sorry that happened to you bro!