I'm an awesome driver when it's ugly outside
This past weekend, I was in South Lake Tahoe. ¬†While driving back from our hike in Emerald Bay and we were taking in the scenery. ¬†All of a sudden, I saw the flashing lights of a police SUV. ¬†I pulled over to the right so that he could pass me and go after the bad guy he was looking to capture! ¬†He pulled over right next to me. ¬†Uh oh.
That's right. ¬†I got pulled over by the cops. ¬†Me! ¬†Jason from the Wake Up Call. ¬†The guy that doesn't take chances. ¬†The guy that always seems to do the right thing. ¬†Ok, maybe I sound a bit pompous, but the truth is that I am a very careful driver. ¬†I was taught defensive driving when I was younger. ¬†I don't get mad when people cut me off. ¬†I am patient behind the wheel.
So, how did I end up on the side of Emerald Bay Road handing my drivers license and insurance card to one of South Lake Tahoe's finest? ¬†Speeding. ¬†Yeah, it surprised me as well!
The officer appeared at my window and asked me if I knew that I was going 50 in a 35 mph zone. ¬†I was honest and told him that I didn't know the speed limit. ¬†He explained to me that not only was the speed limit 35 mph, but I had passed five, 35 mph speed limit signs in the one mile he had been following me. ¬†Following who? ¬†Me?
I blame South Lake Tahoe. ¬†It took this cautious driver and distracted me with its beauty. ¬†For that, I curse you¬†South Lake Tahoe! ¬†I curse you for being too damn beautiful.
Back on the side of the road, the officer had just told me that I had passed five, 35 mph speed limit signs. ¬†My response? ¬†"I'd be lying if I said I saw any of them".
The officer laughed. ¬†That's always a good sign when sitting on the side of the road with an officer of the law staring you down. ¬†He told me that he appreciated my honesty. ¬†I told him that if he gave me a warning that I would leave his town the next day and never return.
He shot me down quickly by saying that he'd be willing to give me a warning only if I promised to come back to South Lake Tahoe again to spend a lot of money. ¬†DEAL! ¬†Wait, did I just agree to spend money? ¬†I wonder how much money he expects me to spend. ¬†Was he going to ask me to send him receipts? ¬†Would it have been cheaper to just take the ticket and the insurance rate bump that comes with a ticket? ¬†What's that? ¬†He's smiling. ¬†Ahh, he's kidding.
"Ok, I'm going to give you a warning. ¬†You've been very honest and didn't try to dispute what I had to say. ¬†You seem like good people. ¬†Just slow down on the roads. ¬†This day is turning out to be a pretty nice day and I don't want you to hit a speed bump that wasn't supposed to be remain upright, ok? ¬†Have a good day".
That's right. ¬†I got away with just a warning. ¬†What have we learned here? ¬†South Lake Tahoe is pretty and distracting. ¬†The speed limit on Emerald Bay Road is 35 mph even when the road is four lanes wide with a 5th turning lane in the middle. ¬†And, we've also learned that a sense of humor along with a big heaping scoop of honesty just might get you out of a ticket the next time you get pulled over.
On a side note, I did spend money in South Lake Tahoe. ¬†I bought a giant bag of marijuana. ¬†It was in the trunk. ¬†Thank god he didn't check, but if he did, I would have just said "I'm supporting the local economy".
On a follow up to my side note. ¬†That was a joke. ¬†I didn't really by marijuana in South Lake Tahoe. ¬†I just wanted to leave you with something to make your eyes pop out of your head. ¬†I hope it worked!
Be safe on the roads!!