The excuses people tell me never get old. Sometimes it seems like the excuses are the same every time, but every once in a while you get to hear a new one.
The other night I was watching a stop sign when an SUV drove through it at approximately 15 miles per hour. I went after the car and stopped it. I walked up to the car and waited for the driver to lower the window. The window was broken so she opened the door. The fact that the driver side window was broken was probably a hint of things to come.
I asked, “Why didn’t you stop for the stop sign?”
The woman, who was in her mid-twenties said, “I made a fast stop,”
I pointed to her car and asked, “Is your car stopped right now?”
“Did your car ever get like this at the stop sign?”
“No,” she said as she lowered her head.
“So, how fast were you going when you went through the stop sign?”
“Maybe 15 to 20 miles per hour.”
I asked, “How come you didn’t stop?”
“I stopped last time I went through.”
At least we can count on her stopping 50% of the time. Since she was being honest I decided to let her go with a warning, assuming she had all of the correct and current paperwork. But you know what they say when you “assume” something?
In the Badge415 world, you at least need a driver’s license to get a break from me. It’s not too much to ask for a person to have a driver’s license and current insurance. Call me crazy, but those are basic laws people are supposed to follow. A person should have those instead of excuses when I stop them.
The moment of truth came for the crucial question of the evening. I threw all caution to the wind and asked, “Do you have a license?”
“No. It’s expired.”
I just laughed inside. It always seems to happen like this. The person was so close to driving away with a warning, but instead they’re the subject of a blog story. Oh well, I tried to give her a break. It just didn’t work out.
I asked, “Why is your license expired?”
“I renewed my identification card by accident thinking it was my license.”
Now, that was a new excuse I had never heard. The funny thing was her identification card was issued in 2014 and her license expired in May of 2015. Either way the math didn’t add up, but I applauded her creativity.
In the end she got a ticket for being unlicensed and I gave her a break on the stop sign. She also had to wait for her brother to show up and take the car. If she had only stopped, I would’ve never found out about her expired license.
Until the next time I stop someone. Maybe they’ll have a driver’s license…… I hope.