I was coming home from a late meeting, hoping to catch the 10:00 p.m. local news. On the highway near my house there is a right hand TFL lane with no warning until you are heading around the bend. The right lane ends and it is TFL (too flipping late to merge). A white pick up, cut me off and almost plowed into a semi truck. My knees were knocking.
I was a 1,000 yards from my turn when I spied two police cars on the side of the road. There were no other cars on the highway except the two trucks that whizzed ahead. I was approaching my exit, a block from home when the flashing lights lit up my car.
I knew I hadn't done anything. So I pulled over and waited for him to run my license. The child cop came to my passenger side window. I handed him my license and insurance card. He was irritated.
"Don't you know you're supposed to move to the next lane when you see emergency vehicles on the side of the road? I was there to protect the other squad car and you did not move over."
I babbled at warp speed, "I know! I do know. Didn't you see that white truck cut me off and almost plow into that semi? I'm surprised you aren't chasing them. Seriously, didn't you see it? It just happened right back there around the bend."
He looked surprised. He looked out at the highway with no traffic, and then back at me and said, "No. And THEY have nothing to do with you and your offense."
I said, "They do too. I slowed to fifty and I put my left blinker on when I saw you. Didn't you see it? I'm telling you, those trucks scared the crap out of me!"
He looked me like I was his poor pitiful grandma. He shined his light on my license and insurance card, and then at me and said, "You're clean. Okay. Listen..."
I said, "Officer, listen, those guys really scared the crap out of me."
Poor kid shook his head in disbelief. I said, "I live right there."
He said, "Oh go. Just go. Go on." He handed me my papers and waved his hand as if he were speaking to an aggravating child and shooing her away.
The trucks really did create a dilemma for me and my reflexes were such that I FORGOT to get over because I was watching those idiots.
Now, the joke's on the kid cop. He sent me on my way without a fine or even a warning ticket. Plus, I had handed him an expired insurance card. The up-to-date one was above my visor mirror.
I should start wearing a red wig with a big bow in it.