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Job keeps me from getting traffic ticket

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by MTM, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    How many people have avoided a traffic ticket because they are a journalist?
    The last two times I've been pulled over by police, the officer did not write me up because of my job.
    A couple years back, the officer saw my state-issued press card, asked me where I work, said he knew our longtime cops reporter, and let me go with a warning.
    The other night, I was pulled over for speeding and recognized the officer as a former local athlete, who I had covered years ago.
    After I greeted him and told him who I am, he told me to slow down and returned to his cruiser.
    As journalists, we shouldn't accept favors, but I had no problem avoiding what would have been multi-hundred dollar fines and whatever else goes with a ticket.
  2. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    <Throne Of Judgment>
    No, because I obey the laws.
    </Throne of Judgment>
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Oh, man, Can't wait for the board ethics police to get hold of this one.
  4. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    I have no stance on the moral issue....

    But maybe you could, y'know, slow down. Then you wouldn't need that kind of help.
  5. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    72 in a 55 at 11:50 p.m. on a two-lane highway with no other vehicles in either direction, except, apparently, the cop.
  6. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    I'll get the popcorn.
  7. Fixed.
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    We get taxed enough as it is. I don't have a problem with skating on a speed tax.

    I've found that the decal that you get for joining the local sheriff or police association can be a big help in avoiding minor violations as well.
  9. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Clergy sticker FTW. My dad *never* got ticketed for anything, and he was an awful driver.
  10. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    I've been pulled over a couple of times and the cop started talking sports with me after he saw my work ID or if I answered that I was "coming from/going to a ball game" when asked where I was heading in such a hurry. But I'm not sure that I would have gotten a ticket in either instance.

    But my best story on the subject involves not being pulled over at all. When I was covering preps for my hometown paper years ago, I would always go eat dinner with my grandparents before I went to cover a Friday night football game.

    One week, I was assigned to our most-remote school, about an hour's drive from the office. Dinner ran long and I had to speed or I would miss kickoff.

    I was whipping it up a two-lane country road going about 80 mph, when I saw a state trooper pull out of a side road. Immediately, I thought I was dead, and the trooper pulled in behind me.

    He never cut his lights on, though, just followed me as I approached the stadium. He turned in after me, and I kept thinking he was going to write me a ticket in the parking lot. But he parked near the gate and went in the stadium.

    I knew what the officer was thinking: "You know, I could write this SOB a ticket, but then I'd miss kickoff." He was standing on the sideline the whole game, as I tried to avoid eye contact with him ...
  11. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    I've gotten out of three traffic tickets that way. Every time, I was coming home from a game and the cop was more interested in who won than writing a ticket.

    It was funny to the guys in the newsroom, who heard it on the scanner.
  12. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Yeah...sorry...not feeling the sympathy here. I drove a lot of backroads and dark highways in my days as an ASE, and if I wasn't sure of the level of leeway and police coverage, I went much much closer to the speed limit than that.
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