- Mrs Sarah McK
- 10 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
Hi ladies, I need a little bit of perspective.
My husband and I went out last night, and when we were driving home, we apparently ran a stop sign. Neither of us remember there being a stop sign there, but it’s sort of a squirrelly area, a right u-turn off a bridge followed a few seconds later by a left turn at a stop light. The stop sign was apparently at the end of the bridge.
Anyway, a few block after the light, we get pulled over. The cops take forever to get to our car (I assume they were running our plate) and then inform us we ran the stop sign. My husband gave us his license and registration and all that, and then they spent 10 minutes back in their cruiser. When they came back, they asked if the address on my husband’s license was where we lived (it’s not, he still has our old Philadelphia address on his license) and when we told them that, they took mine (which does have our address–I got it changed when I changed my name).
He then shines a light in our car and spotlights a bottle of ibuprofen I had tucked into the side magazine holder thing. I get frequent headaches when we take roadtrips, and keep a bottle in the glove box. I had taken it out when getting out our registration. He asked what was in the bottle, and then demanded we hand it over (which we did, of course…there was nothing illegal going on in our car), opened it, examined the pills, and handed it back with sort of a “hmpf” noise.
So they walk back to the cruiser with my license, and we sit there another 10 minutes, getting more and more nervous (and me more and more jittery, I had to use the restroom like no one’s business, but I didn’t think getting out and popping a squat would get us out of there any sooner).
They finally come back and give us a $110 ticket.
Now on the drive home, we miss our turn, and I’m in tears because I have to pee so badly, and I’m really debating if I can make it the less then 5 minutes we have left. My husband then informs me he’s going to challenge the ticket.
Now, I’m one of those people who has a very healthy respect for law enforcement (and firefighters and anyone in the military). I had a lot of interaction with the police force in my parent’s town (they knew our family well, and me by name…I have a very drama-filled family) and I believe, perhaps naively, that 95% of police officers are out there honestly trying to protect us. I don’t discount that there are the bad apples, and likely more than 5% of them, but regardless, it’s how I feel.
Neither of us remember the stop sign being there, but I have no reason to doubt it is, and that we breezed through it. It certainly wasn’t intentional, but that’s not why I’m writing.
I don’t like the idea of my husband wanting to challenge this ticket, for what I see as no good reason…he informed me “It happens all the time” which may be true enough, if there’s a good reason to do so, which I don’t think there is, save a very long, drawn out, mildly insulting experience (which still doesn’t change the fact that we almost certainly broke a traffic law).
So besides my need to vent, I am curious if other people routinely challenge traffic violation tickets, or if I should just tell my husband he needs to suck it up and let me pay it.
Edit: Sorry, I hadn’t realized how long this was.