This is sure to raise a few eyebrows…
Let me state at the beginning of this post I think the legitimate purpose behind the CHP’s 11-99 Foundation is a wonderful and fantastic program. It is not the program itself I am going to take issue with, but some of the “perks” that are allegedly associated with donating.
Now, I don’t know who started the “perks”, if they do indeed exist, or if the solicitors for said donation gave the ‘ol wink-wink, nudge-nudge, in regard to any possible “perks”; however, the urban legend seems to go something like this…
If you’ve a CHP license plate frame, supposedly you will get a warning regardless of the violation. The other subtle hint is the 3 X 5 gold colored metal looking plaque inside of a registration wallet. The plaque has a CHP badge on it and if you didn’t look close enough, you may mistake it as an actual LEO badge.
Again, I don’t know how this started, if it’s rumour or fact, or if it’s a complete fallacy. However, today, I stopped a guy that seemed to take the rumour as fact. I was riding S/B on Main St. At the next intersection, the signal was red for S/B traffic. I’m not talking about just cycled from yellow to red and it was a tie-goes-to-the-runner scenario. It was a static red that had been that way for a significant amount of time. 11-99 guy was in the #1 lane. There was a vehicle stopped in the #2 lane for S/B traffic. There was a vehicle making a left turn (on a green light) from N/B Main St. to W/B 123 Dr. As in, it was making a left turn in front of S/B traffic. 11-99 guy just cruised on through the intersection like the light wasn’t even there. Luckily, the left turning vehicle was paying attention and stopped to avoid a collision.
I pulled 11-99 guy over and immediately noticed the 11-99 Foundation license plate frame. When I contacted him, he very obviously held open his registration wallet to show the little gold plaque. He didn’t go on and on about it, but he held the stupid badge up the whole time he was looking for his license. He didn’t say anything about expecting a break or a warning. There was no way he was going to get one since the violation was so ridiculously and inherently dangerous (Thank God the other driver didn’t have his head up his ass). When I returned with the cite, he looked less than pleased, but I will say he accepted it with little attitude and little commentary. He apologized for running the light and signed the citation.
This isn’t the only time something similar has happened with the 11-99 Foundation swag and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I just wish whomever started the rumour or expressed the possibility of such an exemption in exchange for a donation just simply hadn’t. It’s inappropriate and unethical.
So, that’s Part II…or The Drawing of the Three for those of you paying attention. Keep an eye out for Wastelands when the mood strikes.