Sometimes, it seems like I’m talking to a wall. Or perhaps my readership hasn’t grown to enough folks yet. Either way, there are those out there in the driving world that just don’t seem to get it. It looks as if I shall have to make yet another example of a disillusioned gentleman I dealt with yesterday.
I was tooling about Town yesterday afternoon looking for seatbelt violations. I rode within about ten feet of an ’09 Mercedes. The driver was wearing a white shirt. I clearly saw the metal buckle hanging against the B-pillar of the car. The belt itself was black. An obvious violation.
I swung around and got behind the car and pulled it over. This is how it went…
MC: Do you know why I stopped you?
DAG (Disillusioned Arrogant Guy): No.
MC: You weren’t wearing your seatbelt.
DAG: I just pulled out from the parking lot.
MC: Uh…not when I saw you. You were sitting at the traffic signal.
DAG: Yeah, well, what was I gonna do? Was I gonna say, “Oh, there’s a cop, I should put my seatbelt on real quick?”
*This is what we call a guilty statement*
MC: I need your license, registration and insurance, please.
DAG (hands me all of the above along with his “I donated money to law enforcement” Membership card): Here.
**Let me briefly explain. By the “Membership Card”, I mean any organization in which you join and financially support for whatever reason. CHP has the 11-99 Foundation, many counties have a Sheriff’s Posse, and cities may or may not have similar entities. In my experience, a number of members attempt to use these “credentials” as get-out-of-jail-free cards when stopped for a traffic violation.**
MC (hands back the membership card): You can hang on to this. I’ll be right back.
MC (returns to the car): Okay, sir, I need your signature on the yellow highlighted portion at the bottom, please.
DAG: After all the help I’ve given to Officer Doe and Officer Random (Not their real names), you’re going to give me this ticket? I mean, your entitled to, but still!
MC: Well sir, although being a “member” and providing assistance to Doe and Random is appreciated, it really isn’t going to prevent you from being thrown through your windshield because you weren’t wearing your seatbelt.
DAG: I’m not talking about being a “member”, but I’ve helped Doe and Random quite a bit.
MC: Okay. Drive safely.
It just so happened that I had the opportunity to talk to both Doe and Random a few hours later. Turns out, DAG had texted Doe after I cited him and whined about getting a ticket. Doe’s response? “Click it or ticket”. Brilliant. Doe and Random both confirmed DAG had nothing coming and was indeed trying to get himself out of a ticket.
The lesson? Once again, take responsibility for your actions. We’re talking about an infraction, genius. If your rolling in an ’09 Mercedes, I’d imagine you can swing the fine for a seatbelt. No one is interested in listening to your whiny bullshit about all the selfless acts you’ve provided to assist the police (particularly when they are much bigger in your head than in reality). Also, I don’t care what “organization” you’re a “member” of. You are not above the law. So, save your breath.