I wish I could tell you just how often it is that people simply don’t pay attention to Motors. Defensive driving? Oh, no…offensive driving (take that however you want) is the answer. If I’m not paying attention to everything around me, I’m going to end up roadkill.
Case in point…
On the way back from court the other day (one of my favorite times to stop someone, by the way), I’m getting on the freeway. I have a green turn arrow. This would lead one, and correctly as it happens, to believe that oncoming traffic has the red. One might also assume that the person with the red light would see all the traffic making a turn in front of them. Sure, they want to jump on the ‘ol highway just as badly as the rest of us. As the fates would have it, though, wait they must.
I was about halfway through my turn when a driver looked right at me and then turned in front of me. Okay, not the first time that has happened to me and certainly not the last. Of course, I pulled her over. She was apologetic as the day is long…until I came back with the cite.
MC: Okay, ma’am. I need you to sign the highlighted yellow portion, please.
PCL: (Peripherally Challenged Lady): You’re giving me a ticket?!?
MC: Ma’am, you nearly hit me.
PCL: I said I was sorry.
MC: And while I appreciate that, I’m still going to issue you a citation today.
PCL then went on to sign the cite. She glared at me for what felt like the entire time. As if it was my fault. I keep forgetting the hypnotic Jedi-like skills I possess. Obviously, I forgot that I entered her psyche from the other side of the intersection and planted a suggestion that she cut me off, causing me to brake very quickly, just so I could use the training and my super-speed agility quotient.
I’m always forgetting that power.
What really caught my attention was the look on her face. She totally blamed me for giving her a ticket. I felt like saying, “Lady! You nearly hit a police officer. How you even remotely think this could enter the vicinity of my responsibility is so far beyond me, it defies comprehension!” Instead, I thanked her and asked her to drive safely.
Mostly because I we were headed in the same direction and I didn’t want further issues.