Friday, August 13, 2010


As I have traveled around this summer, I've seen lots of cops.  They're everywhere!  In town and out of town!  Our state, along with other states, have been doing the "100 Days of Summer".  This means that they will have lots and lots of cops out setting "speed traps" to get speeders.  So after I started seeing so many cops, no matter where I went, I decided to just slow down and start driving the speed. limit.

Another thing that I have noticed, is that ever since we got our new truck, it seems to be a "cop magnet".  I have been followed by cops, more in this truck than in any other car I have ever had.  I used to have an Expedition, and cops didn't follow me as much in that as in my new truck.  It seems like every other day when I go out, I will look in my rearview mirror and there will be a cop following me.  He will follow me for a long time, until he finally realizes that I am not going to speed, and then he will hurridly pass me. 

Last night I went to pick my husband up at the airport.  He has been in Oregon all week on business.  He was coming in late at night (11:30 pm) and I thought it was kind of nice to be driving on the highways with hardly any traffic.  There was still a lot more traffic than I thought should be out at 11:30 pm, but whatever.
I exited the interstate at the airport exit and I realized that another car had exited also.  That car wasn't directly behind me, but was driving in the other lane, in my blind spot, so I couldn't see them.  I wasn't in a hurry, and in fact had left a little early.  Sometimes, on late flight like that, the pilots like to hurry up the flight and they get in 10 or 15 minutes early, but it is not updated on the schedule.  So I thought that if I was early, I'd just wait in the cell phone waiting area.  Anyway, I was slowly driving up the road to the airport, not hurrying at all, and then all of a sudden the car beside me sped up and went on ahead.  It was a cop.  One more reason why I was glad I wasn't speeding.  It was kind of interesting though, because usually I DO speed on that road up to the airport.  Not too long ago they lowered the speed limit there.  I think you used to could do like 50 or 55 mph up that road, and now it is only 45. 

The other night I had to make a late trip over to my daughter's house, who lives across town.  I usually don't take the freeway, because believe it or not, taking the freeway is the same amount of time as it takes to drive down just one of the main roads.  The main road is a more direct route - less miles, but the same time, since it is slower going.  This road has a few places that are famous for being speed traps, so once again, I have decided to "slow down" and just go the speed limit.  That night as I was going over there, all of a sudden I passed a car that was on the other side of the road, parked in a left turn lane.  It was a cop, sitting there with his motor running and his lights off.  It was in a particularly dark spot of the road, so you really didn't notice him until you were right beside him.  I drove a little ways and there was another cop, in the next left turn lane, same thing:  lights off and motor running. 

So take my advice:  Slow down and keep your eyes open, and look and see how many times you might have gotten a ticket if you had been speeding!


Delirious said...

I totally agree about there being more cops out! I keep telling my husband that their cities must need to earn money somehow. ;)

When we were traveling to Utah, we went through one small town and my husband was ahead of me on his motorcycle. There was one more car ahead of him. All of us were going about 5 miles over the speed limit, but the one in front was going slightly faster. A policeman came along and pulled that front car over. I told my husband that if he had been first in line, he would have been the one to get the ticket. We made sure to go exactly the speed limit after that in towns!

Inklings said...

I think officers will be giving more tickets to increase revenue for the cities they work for, so it is good advice to drive the speed limit.
In Utah police will give a ticket for 1 mph over.

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