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Serve and Protect......My Ass!!!!!

October 3rd, 2007 (07:06 pm)
pissed off

current mood: pissed off

 So, Chris and I were both off this morning.  We went to the mall and then were driving to Smokey Bones to eat lunch.  We were driving on John Young and had to turn left onto Sandlake.  Ok.  So you know when the cars back up just to the end of the turn lane so you can't get in it?  So instead of waiting there and missing the turn light, you go around the car in front of you...even though the two drivers side tires may go up on the median or in this case, roll over the grassy area that splits traffic.  

Well, apparently there was a cop sitting on the side of the road and he thought that manuver provided him justifiable grounds to pull Chris over and give him a ticket for "Not driving in a designated lane" 

PS that ticket is $118 and 3 points on your driving record.

Can we say Bullshit?  Are you freaking kidding me?!  I wonder if Officer Garcia realized that if he would have gone over to the next cross street, he could have busted about 3 chicks who were leaving the Waffle House for prostitution.  Un-freaking-believable.  

And he was condesending as hell about it.  

PO:  "Do you know why I pulled you over?"  

Chris: "Uh.....No, officer I do not."

PO:  "Why didn't you pull over in that median I was pointing to?  Didn't you see me pointing?"

Chris's Thoughts: "Well, yes, I did see you pointing, but there was an entire lane of traffic also waiting to turn left next to me seeing as it was a double turn lane.  Last I checked I couldn't magicly go through other vehicles."

Chris actually said: "Well, I wasn't sure what you were pointing to.  Sorry."

PO: "Well, I pulled you over for driving on the grass.  Don't you know you can't just drive on the grass if you feel like it."

Chris: "I wasn't driving on the grass."

PO: "Yes you were, your car partly went onto the grass as you were going into the turn lane.  And that is not driving in designated lanes."  

I hope that man gets fired or something just as bad.  What an asshole.  Like there wasn't something better he could have done with his time.  Thanks for ruining the whole afternoon Officer Garcia. 


Posted by: Avonlea Sawyer (kittyarcadia)
Posted at: October 4th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)

Chris can fight that. He didn't technically drive in the lane, it's the equivalent of accidentally running off the road.

And Officer Powertrip just wanted to lord over some people, and you guys were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Posted by: WildHoney (chgoemerald)
Posted at: October 7th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)

How can we fight it? Just go to the court date? It really is the absolute most ridiculous thing ever.

And I went to the Flordia State Statute website and the section about this...really, the way I'm reading it doesn't really apply for this situation at all!

This cop was just a total jerk. I told Chris to take it to court. He's just afraid that the judge will say....sorry. Too bad and now there isn't anything you can do about the points on your record.

But I took a ticket to court once and the judge really just said, pay the ticket. He didn't care about the points, just the money.

I don't know. I just think it's stupid to pay that much for something that was totally unfair and uncalled for.

Posted by: Avonlea Sawyer (kittyarcadia)
Posted at: October 7th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)

All he has to do is go to the court date. Odds are that if Chris goes, with a full and well-spoken explanation, and a print out of the section you found, then the judge will rule in his favor. Even if the jerk of a cop shows up.If Chris is well prepared, then there isn't anything for the judge to do except rule in his favor... Just make sure he doesn't elaborate by adding ANYTHING at all, the judge can tell the truth from an elaboration.

Good luck!

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