Not the end of the world

I, like I assume every other cop does, have a standardized speech that I give a driver upon contact. It usually goes something like this:

MC: Morning (afternoon, evening…you get it.). Know why I stopped you?
Driver: No.
MC: Do you know what the speed limit is?
Driver: No.
MC: It’s 35. Do you know how fast you were going?
Driver: No.
MC: 50. It’s not the end of the world, though. Do you have your license, registration and insurance?
A large percentage of the time, the driver makes no fuss about the stop or why I stopped them. Most people suck it up and face the responsibility of their actions. Once in a while, though….oh, once in a while….
MC: Morning (afternoon, evening…I assume by now you’ve certainly got it.). Know why I stopped you?
Driver: No.
MC: Do you know what the speed limit is?
Driver: No.
MC: It’s 35. Do you know how fast you were going?
Driver: No.
MC: 50. It’s not the end of the world, though. Do you have your license, registration and insurance?
Driver: It is the end of the world. I can’t get another ticket! I can’t believe this!
Really? World’s gonna end on ya? Just gonna up and quit spinning? We’re talking apocalyptic destruction and the finality of all human existence because you can’t take a few lbs. of pressure off your accelerator? Man, you’ve got some responsibility in that right foot! I’d be afraid to leave the house if I were you. What with the apparently total weight of the world on your shoulders. Doesn’t that get heavy? You must be a drinker. How else can you cope? Goodness me. Now, here I am, the apparent harbinger of all things doom. Wow…..okay, go ahead and sign on the yellow highlighted portion and we’ll see you on the other side. Good luck and God bless.
Or am I being too literal? Food for thought…

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17 thoughts on “Not the end of the world

  1. I do enjoy your blog, even if there are things that you post that I disagree with. One of the main things is the attitude it is only civilians that should take responsibility for their actions. Maybe you have never walked away from a ticket because you flashed your tin, but if that is the case, you are the esception. I am putting in a link to another blog that gives a great example of what I am talking about. Maybe it will prove to be educational.

    http://jaablog.jaablaw.com/2009/07/27/well-do-a-little-walt-disney-to-protect-the-cop-.aspx

  2. Mike Foley, why don't you get off your high horse? I get that argument from jerks I pull over all the time. Sure I've broken a traffic law a few times in my life. Does that mean that everyone gets a free pass from now on? Get real.

  3. Mike, If I get stopped, I deserve it. I had made peace with that fact, and yes I will mail in my check for the citation amount. Yes I could flsh my "tin" and maybe I could get a "get out of ticket free card". I believe, like the cops I know, that tell it like it is, and let the chips fall. People respect that, Now only if we can teach our politicians that….

    Sorry MC, for taking over your comment area…….

  4. Mike Foley: Allow me to link you to a blog that might "prove to be educational" too:

    http://www.motorcop.blogspot.com

    I know I am biased but, get to know the man behind the badge and that chip on your shoulder will be a tasty snack instead of a weight to be carried around.

  5. To Texas Ghostrider, you are correct, people do respect it – and I am one of them. I believe, as MC professes to believe, that you take responsibility for your acts. If you get stopped, take your ticket and move on – you deserved it.

    To BIL, you are correct, I don't know MC. That is why I said, in my opinion, he may be the exception. I can tell you by me personal experience, most cops won't do that, they expect to be let go – if they are even stopped, as shown by the marked cars, driving out of their jurisdiction and going faster than everyone else on the road.

    and las to Mike – and why do you get that argument? Because it is real? And they are "jerks" because they point that fact out to you? I am not saying everyone should get a free ride – but if MC is telling you to man up and take responsibility, then apply it to everyone. Don't let your brother in blue go becuase of what he does. Remember, if he got stopped, he deserved it.

  6. I was a paramedic for about 10 years in Broward County, Fl. I worked in one city for a good portion of that time. I knew a majority of the cops. One morning on my way to work (late as usual) I got stopped by a motor cop for speeding. 45 in a 35. My bad. I was in uniform and he did recognize me. He took my information and came back with a ticket for speeding and a ticket for failure to wear a seatbelt. I thanked him and was on my way.

    About two months later, we get a call for motor cop involved in MVA. Dontcha know who it was. mmmhm. We get on scene and its bad but not terrible. He doesnt appear to have a head injury and most of the damage was to his legs…double femur fractures. He got the best care I could give. Nitrous and a gentle ride to the hospital. As we wheeled him into the ER he reached over and grabbed my arm and said, "Thanks for taking such good care of me".

    Some would say he could have cut me a break that day and because he didnt, I could have made his painful situation, oh so much more painful. Nah. Karma people.

    I look at it like this, he took care of me and I took care of him. We both did our jobs.

  7. Mike Foley, how do you know this? Are you on a lot of ride-alongs and you see lots of speeding cops flashing tin?

    Sure cops screw up. The penalties are often much more severe when they do. It ends their career and often sends them into serious financial distress because they have difficulty finding work, not to mention whatever legal bills they face.

    As for flashing tin, I've had a few cops try it on me. It gets them exactly nowhere.

  8. To The Wife, I am afraid I don't understand your comment. I am reading the blog and finding it very informative and educational, as well as enjoyable. And while it is unlikely that I will ever get the chance to know MC personally, I am getting to know him through the blog – and I do respect him, based on what he has to say and the way he says it.

    One of my issues is that many of his brothers in blue do not feel or behave the same way. And that is why I have issues with them, especially when there are examples like the one on the blog I posted. I am curious. Did you go to that blog and read it?

    To Jaguar, how do I know is a fair question. I am a criminal defense attorney. I have some very good friends in law enforcement. I listen to many of their stories and am generally appalled at their attitude of entitlement. In particular, I have gone motorcycle riding with them and when I questioned them about blasting through the state, their response was "don't worry, we never get tickets" Hardly sounds fair, does it? And I have heard them talk about getting stopped and riding away, no ticket. Additionally, I have watched officers leaving the courthouse, knowing they are no longer on duty, and are not in their jurisdiction, blow past me on the freeway, headed home, without the slightest concern for speed limits. So yes, I have personally witnessed what I am speaking about.

    And again, I would like to say that I do enjoy the writing and the insight, and have a lot of respect for the very difficult job that MC does.

  9. Holy Cow, everyone! Leave poor Mr. Foley alone! 🙂

    I appreciate your point of view, Mr. Foley. Let me put it to you this way…as a matter of course, if I get pulled over, I tend to let the cop know I'm off duty and I have a weapon in the car. If I get a ticket for whatever it is I got stopped for, I pay the freight.

    I can't very well rant about people not taking responsibility if I don't do the same. I'd be a pretty shitty example to my children if I was a hypocrite.

    Professional courtesy exists and I've been on both sides of it. Would I cite a cop? Damn right. Would I take a cite? Damn right.

    If the link you posted is accurate, those idiot cops deserve what happens to them. Our profession is full of less than desirable folks, just like the mortgage company down the way, and the bank, and the grocery store, etc.

    Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Your comments are always welcome…although you may get an earful. 🙂

  10. Ha…thanks, Goddess! I was just thinking about how the post seemed to be secondary to the commentary.

    Damn lawyers…hijacking my blog.
    😉

  11. Hmm, the end of the world is supposed to start with guys on horses. you're a guy on a steel horse… i could see how he got confused! 🙂

  12. Apparently a higher percentage of the speeders here in Kansas City have an attitude, because when I got nabbed a few months ago and laughed "Dude, you NAILED ME!" to my young officer he was shocked and stumbled over his next few lines trying not to laugh back … he failed miserably. And no, I didn't try to get out of the ticket … I EARNED that sucker.

  13. I could have been in that car if it wasn't posted before my friend got pulled over. The guy who pulled us over (don't remember if he was state or local) made all of us agree with him that he was a great guy for writing her for 5 over when she was 10 over. My friend was sitting there bawling because she knew she effed up and felt like the world WAS ending, and we have to tell him he's awesome? wtf. Was that guy in line? Or was he kinda being a jerk? Honest question, I really don't know.

    btw-love your blog
    LMA