I was driving home a couple of weeks ago and was coming down a long steep downgrade in the road.
Open country roads are a driver's fantasy. It's easy to live the commercial we see of new cars speeding along the quiet, curving pavement with a child's voice saying "Zoom-Zoom."
My peaceful moment was rudely interrupted by a glance in my mirror of a county sheriff making a U-turn to come back my way. Sadly, I knew I was caught.
I drove another ½ mile or so and pulled into a gas station as if I were going to get fueled up pretending as nothing happened. Well, as I thought, he pulled on into the station with his lights on for dramatic effect, I think, considering no one was around.
He asked me if I knew how fast I was going? I said, yes, and tried a weak defense of I was coasting going down a hill which added speed, bringing me to a total of 76 mph in a 55 zone.
He didn't accept that, so I gave a more realistic answer of yes, I was speeding, that I was lost in the moment of the quiet day, the beautiful scenery, and being hungry.
He listened to my crying and begging to be let off since I have not had a ticket in many years, again for speeding, so he offered me a break, by reducing my speed to the level of the ticket to $120.
While whimpering, I thanked him; then I asked if he found it interesting people when people thanked him for giving them a ticket?
As we chatted, a flatbed pickup truck without sides pulled into the station off the same highway. What I noticed was a dog on the back struggling to keep its balance. I also noticed there was no leash on the dog which would have done no good if it fell off.
I asked the Officer, "Is that legal?"
His response made me wonder why the heck was I getting a ticket for speeding on a clear highway.
"He's a great surfer dog,” was his response.
I bit my tongue so hard I tasted the blood running down my throat. Really? I get a ticket for speeding on a highway with no traffic, and here is a dog's life is in danger, and the response is a joke?
Something is wrong with this scenario, and a phone call will be made to the County Sheriff's office.
Maybe I would have been better off driving the speed limit with an untied dog on the hood of my car hanging on for dear life.?????
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