Chris Sells humorously relates his experience dealing with his traffic violations.
The one where I describe my recent run-ins with the Oregon traffic police and my availability as the “Bad Boy” in your boy band.
If you think the Oregon police sound strict, try dealing with the Military Police. I once was ticketed by an MP on an Air Force base while riding a 10 speed! He claimed I entered the intersection too fast, but from my view, I had waited till all the cars had passed and then entered the intersection.
When I saw the tell-tale red and blue lights behind me, I considered gunning it for a moment, but my legs were tired and I wasn’t ready for a Dukes of Hazard moment.
I don’t remember a monetary fine, but my dad did have to go talk to his first officer as a result. He tells me it was rather non-eventful, but I like to think it went something like this:
1st officer: So Sgt Haack, I see your son got himself in a bit of trouble. Dad: Yes sir, a minor traffic violation. 1st officer: I didn’t realize he was old enough to drive. Dad: Well sir, he isn’t. 1st officer: ah, so driving without a license too. Sounds like a bad start. Dad: Possibly, though he was riding a bicycle. But you know kids these days. It starts with riding a bicycle too fast and the next thing you know, he’s smoking crack. 1st officer: Ummm. I see. Well tell your son to keep it in a lower gear. Dismissed.