wtf traffic ticket stories

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Last night, on the way to dinner in Upscale University Town, I got stopped by a cop. I was in the process of pulling into an alley to make a turn, and my initial reaction was that the cop was stopping me for something related to said turn. This was not the case.

A couple years back, I'd been in a minor accident and one of my headlights was slightly askew. The Upscale University Town cop cited me for an "irregular headlight pattern," but not before lecturing me on the dangers of this.

The cop asks me, "if you were driving on the freeway at night, and there was a tire in your lane, do you think you would see it?"
Me: Not any worse than if I had a ... regular headlight pattern.
Cop: Physics would disagree with you.

free jazz and mumia (sarahel), Monday, 24 August 2009 02:12 (eleven years ago) link

that is a weird story. did u actually get a ticket?

call all destroyer, Monday, 24 August 2009 02:14 (eleven years ago) link

yes ... I have to get the headlight fixed.

At dinner, we were brainstorming sarcastic answers to the tire on the freeway question:

- if the tire had just come off another car, I would definitely notice that car driving funny and change lanes

- if the tire was just sitting there, I would notice other cars swerving around it

free jazz and mumia (sarahel), Monday, 24 August 2009 02:19 (eleven years ago) link

"physics would disagree with you"

mookieproof, Monday, 24 August 2009 02:42 (eleven years ago) link

stupid argumentative physics

internetkonnektivität (electricsound), Monday, 24 August 2009 02:44 (eleven years ago) link

God that cop sounds like an a-hole. I've gotten two tickets on my bicycle. Both stories are long.

bamcquern, Monday, 24 August 2009 02:46 (eleven years ago) link

the most wtf thing about it is the fact that Upscale University Town borders Crime-Ridden City (where I live), and the whole time I was just envisioning this earnest cop trying to have this conversation with someone on a Saturday night there.

free jazz and mumia (sarahel), Monday, 24 August 2009 02:46 (eleven years ago) link

i've heard about these irregular headlight patterns, i'm just sorry it had to happen to you

I love rainbow cookies (surm), Monday, 24 August 2009 02:49 (eleven years ago) link

i think it's just weird you got a ticket. i've had one headlight out for months and only ever got a warning after promising to get it fixed quickly.

call all destroyer, Monday, 24 August 2009 02:49 (eleven years ago) link

also trying to figure out whether I could get the headlight "realigned" by a mechanic, or should I take it to a body shop?

free jazz and mumia (sarahel), Monday, 24 August 2009 02:50 (eleven years ago) link

i think you should be able to do it yourself? def any mechanic will be able to.

call all destroyer, Monday, 24 August 2009 02:51 (eleven years ago) link

now i kinda wanna watch my cousin vinny

I love rainbow cookies (surm), Monday, 24 August 2009 02:52 (eleven years ago) link

Besides this, I've gotten tickets for:

throwing a cigarette butt out the window (twice)
burnt out license plate lamp

free jazz and mumia (sarahel), Monday, 24 August 2009 02:52 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.diynetwork.com/videos/night-vision/13244.html

call all destroyer, Monday, 24 August 2009 02:54 (eleven years ago) link

i think the fact that i just watched that video and i don't even have a license speaks to the state of my life right now

I love rainbow cookies (surm), Monday, 24 August 2009 02:56 (eleven years ago) link

I don't know where I would find the knob :/

free jazz and mumia (sarahel), Monday, 24 August 2009 02:57 (eleven years ago) link

check yr owners manual

call all destroyer, Monday, 24 August 2009 02:58 (eleven years ago) link

lol surm i can post other videos at random if it will entertain u

call all destroyer, Monday, 24 August 2009 02:59 (eleven years ago) link

u sweet, thanks. i should really find something to do.

I love rainbow cookies (surm), Monday, 24 August 2009 03:20 (eleven years ago) link

okay, it appears that the adjustments are made with screws, that in my 20 year old car are behind some other thing, and it would probably make the most sense to take it to a mechanic, with the added impetus of seeing if they can get the cigarette lighter to work again.

free jazz and mumia (sarahel), Monday, 24 August 2009 03:23 (eleven years ago) link


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