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Busted Again

Posted Monday, January 10, 2011, at 10:10 AM

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Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55 zone. Fourth time in as many months... How could a guy get caught so often?

When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but only partially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard. Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror. The cop was stepping out of his car with the big pad in hand...

Bob? Bob from Church?

Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This was worse than the coming ticket. A cop catching a guy from his own church. A guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day at the office. A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow.

Jumping out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday. A man he'd never seen in uniform.

'Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this.'

'Hello, Jack.' No smile.

'Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids.'

'Yeah, I guess.' Bob seemed uncertain. Good.

'I've seen some long days at the office lately. I'm afraid I bent the rules a bit just this once.'

Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement. 'Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?'

'I know what you mean. I also know that you have a reputation in our precinct ....'

Ouch. This was not going in the right direction. Time to change tactics.

'What'd you clock me at?'

'Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?'

'Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as I saw you. I was barely nudging 65.' The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket.

'Please, Jack, in the car'

Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad...

Why hadn't he asked for a driver's license? Whatever the reason, It would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again.

A tap on the door jerked his head to the left. There was Bob, a folded paper in hand Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.

'Thanks..' Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice. Bob returned to his police car without a word. Jack watched his retreat in the mirror.

Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one going to cost?

Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke? Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read...

Dear Jack,

Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed by a car. You guessed it - a speeding driver. A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters, all three of them. I only had one, and I'm going to have to wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her again.

A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. Pray for me and be careful, Jack, my son is all I have left'

'Bob'

Jack turned around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head down the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, he too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived...

Life is precious. Handle with care. This is an important message and I ask that you pass it along to your family and friends. Drive safely and carefully. Remember, cars are not the only things recalled by their maker.


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Excellent Brian - you get an attaboy for that one.

I notice that Arley has not posted since 1-3-10 and his is not shown on the blog authors now. Hope he is O.K., I rather enjoy his articles.

-- Posted by Geezer on Mon, Jan 10, 2011, at 11:05 AM

Hey, Brian, Geezer, and all, I guess I have been a bit on the down side, for a few, but feeling a bit better. It ain't not fun when 72, and trying to swallow around a football sized tonsil, but that's another day for a story.

I admit, I've seen that story about the cop, a time for three, Brian, but it hits a tender spot every time I read it. Of course, I wouldn't think of speeding, well, not any more. It was a young, unlicensed, uninsured fellow who put my chest and lungs through my steering column. It was my children that almost got to bury their father. He wasn't speeding, just decided he needed my lane more than I did, while he started to turn left in front of my 45 mph vehicle, about 75 feet away. Bump in the PM. That story always reminds me we all need be concerned about not taking someones child, or some child's parent away from them.

Thanks for the reminder. Let us Love our neighbor as we love ourselves, only don't un-love them to death, not for a few seconds saved. AMEN

Yeee-Haaa!!! and AMEN, I may be back in the saddle again.

-- Posted by Navyblue on Mon, Jan 10, 2011, at 10:40 PM

It would be nice if more people would read this and think about their actions behind the wheel. Not just the idiots that ignore the 20mph in the school zones, but the idiots that are trying to drive with a cell phone in one hand, a cigarette in the other and trying to turn the corner. Or instead of the cig, and cup of coffee. Now that texting is so popular is not too uncommon to see "them" with heads bent trying to text, and trying to drive at the same time. I just hope and pray that it will not take a child getting hit by one of these idiots before they wake up to what they are doing.

Wake up people, put the damn cell phones down and pay attention to what you are doing, before a tragedy happens.

I would also be nice if our elected representatives in Lincoln would have the guts to pass a law against texting and cell phones while driving with some "teeth", not just a secondary offense. Put a $1000 fine with it and perhaps they would get their attention. But imagine that there are way too many contributions to election funds from cell phone companies to ever see that.

-- Posted by goarmy67 on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 9:34 PM


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