Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Do You Remember the First Time You Were Pulled Over?

That is my baby in the picture, driving with a permit. She is about to get her driver's license. But first, she has to learn to parallel park.

I would like to stop right here and ask Al Gore why he even invented parallel parking in the first place. Was he just having a bad day? Is he a maniacal genius who invents Internets AND impossible parking situations?

And why does PP (parallel parking) have to be on a driver's test because real drivers go out of their way to avoid parallel parking. It's like singing; either you're gifted with the ability to parallel park or you're not. I belong to the "not" club.

Anyway, Jorge took Kristin to a small nearby town called Albany to practice antiquated stunt driving techniques also known as parallel parking.

Slowly they pulled in and out. At one point, Jorge drew a diagram to show her something.

In the rearview, Jorge noticed someone following them but didn't say anything to Kristin so as not to upset her.

A few minutes later, they saw red lights behind them, and Jorge gently coached her about pulling over.

The officer said, "Do you know why I pulled you over?"

Can you imagine how she felt?

She answered no.

"We received a call saying that someone was driving suspiciously slow through the neighborhood, writing down license plate numbers."

Jorge explained what they were doing.

At this point, a man in a BMW pulled up and said, "They're the ones who were writing down plate numbers!"

The officer, clearly annoyed with this jerk gentleman, did not even address him but waved him on dismissively.

So the officer left, and Jorge tells me that Kristin became upset. Poor thing. It's stressful for any driver to be pulled over, let alone one who doesn't even have a license yet.

Silver lining: At least her dad was with her the first time she was pulled over. Now it's out of the way; she knows what to do if/when there's a next time.

But we cannot figure out what crime people are planning to commit by writing down license plate numbers. Do you know?

And what person couldn't discern that this was a girl with her dad learning to park?

So, do you remember the first time you were pulled over or any other time with an interesting twist? 'Fess up!


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I do remember and was in high school.....I always have a story....!!!

The posts from our most recent "grandparent Disney trip" are beginning, with a look into the eyes of my little guys from this "Grammy"! Also every comment counts as an entry for the May giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Poor Kristin!! That's awful...of course she was upset! My first "accident" was with my Mom while I had my permit in the Kohl's parking lot. I was about to back up and stopped 15% of the way through the process when I saw a mini-van on a mission, but she wasn't looking and backed right into us. It wasn't my fault, but I couldn't believe it happened!

And as far as speeding tickets go, my most memorable (sad line, eh?) would be the one I got in the Oneighty van! I was doing errands and got pulled over. After he wrote me the ticket, I asked if it would show up on my record only or if I needed to alert the church of it; my thought-in my moment of stress-was that it could show up on the van registration or something, not that I would hide it from my boss. The officer, on the other hand, said, "It will only show up on your record, but hopefully you'll do the right thing and tell them about it."

I'm surprised he didn't search me to see if I'd stolen the van...and the cases of water I was hauling.

When I told Jeff about it, he just laughed and mentioned the tickets he's had in the church van... I just wish the officer could have heard our conversation! : )

Beverlydru said...

It is SO unnerving to be pulled over. Regardless of the circumstances, I always feel like a kid caught with my hand in the cookie jar right before dinner. I'm also glad Jorge was with her. Give Kristen a hug for me!

Kim said...

Pobrecita! So glad Jorge was with her. I know I've been pulled over but have mercifully blocked all such memories from the hard drive :-) It's called selective memory. For a coping mechanism, it's not bad.

Mocha with Linda said...

Aww, poor girl. Glad her daddy was right there with her!

Sounds like that guy in the Beemer needs to get a life.

I think my first time to be pulled over was not long after I graduated from college. I had on my nursing uniform on my way home from work and just got a warning.

Susanne said...

Poor Kristen! Very unnerving especially when you can't think of what you might have done wrong.

The first time I was pulled over was on a main busy road around here. I thought the cop was just racing on his way somewhere because I knew I hadn't done anything wrong. I pulled way over to the side to let him by, the wrong side and then I saw he was following me. Freaked me right out. It turned out they wanted to read and find out what my bumper sticker meant. What??!! They gave a kid a heart attack to find out what a bumper sticker said. And then they questioned me as to why I was pulling over erratically and incorrectly. I was a little ticked after I got over being terrified. Sheesh.

Jeff and Valerie Carr said...

I was once pulled over in the same town by the same cop twice. I like to contend that the town's population consisted entirely of cows, therefore the cop had nothing better to do...

Deven said...

Awwwww. Poor girly.

My first pull-over AND ticket was for speeding through the tiny (as in 3-block) town of Clive, IA. I was in a Camaro and didn't realize I was going 40 in a 25. Totally deserved that ticket. I was almost 17.

H-Mama said...

poor kristin! having dad there helped i'm sure.

Chatty Kelly said...

I think it must be Jorge's shifty eyes. They yell "I'm doing something illegal." LOL! JUST KIDDING!

I've been pulled over *several* times. What can I say, I'm a bad girl. I have a need for speed. But I have slowed down since have kids. Literally & figuratively. *sigh*

carol ~ i throw like a girl said...

We just went through this with our daughter who got her license in March. I also took her to a nearby town to teach her to parallel park. But since it is a college town, I think the folks there have more exciting things to worry about than a mom and daughter possibly writing down license plate numbers. Good luck to Kristin on her test!

Jeanette said...

My first time? Last summer - no ticket issued. Lesson learned - never pass a cop on the interstate! 26 years of driving and the record is still going....no tickets, no accidents.

Poor kid!

sara said...

you need to move to AR!!! They don't have to PP......they barely have to DRIVE to get their license...crazy!

I got my 1st ticket the summer after my junior year in college...I was a new christian and as I started the trip, prayed that I God would protect my travel (4 hour drive) and small voice in my head (I didn't recognize yet as the Holy Spirit) said, "but I won't protect you from tickets".... what a strange thought I said to myself! 2 hours into the trip, coasting down a hill....I got a ticket! And it was the 1st time I realized that God would speak to me!!!

Angie said...

I've only been pulled over twice, but both good stories...

1st - I'm in my last year of college and my fiance and I are going to this little quaint town to "iron out our problems." I had every intention of breaking the engagement that day. We were fighting as usual when I got pulled over. The policeman said I was doing 20 over the speed limit and that he waited until I was going up a hill so his radar wouldn't show how fast I had actually been driving. I apologized and said it was the first time I had been pulled over. While he was running registration in his car, my fiance said to tell him we were arguing and that you didn't mean to speed. I said, "I WAS speeding and I deserve the ticket!" Then we fought about that. Needless to say, our engagement only lasted another couple of weeks and I found another guy I could actually live with to marry.

2nd - I was due any day with my first child and my husband was out of the country. I got pulled over on the freeway; I was surprised because I had not been speeding. The officer came to the passenger side window and said that my tags had expired. I apologized and said I didn't know - that my husband usually takes care of those things. He proceeded to ask me for registration which was in the glove box. I'm leaning over trying very hard to get it out, but I have this enormous belly getting in the way. I start sobbing and ask if I can get out of the car, go around and get it for him. He said, "NO!" I'm sure he was thinking of my safety (right!). Probably a single cop who had no idea the torture and humiliation I was going through. He still wrote me the ticket and I ended up on my mother-in-law's porch shortly after blubbering, "Look what your son did to me!" Ha!

I can't believe someone would call the police on your daughter and husband! Crazy! Poor girl!

kristi said...

Poor thing!! I have gotten pulled over a lot and the highway patrols are the worst! 95% of them just HAVE to give you a ticket...ugh.

Rach@In His Hands said...

Poor girl! Having dad there helped I'm sure!

The first time I was pulled over was in college after I accidentally flashed my brights at a car at a stop light....when I was trying to turn on the wipers (I was driving Josh's dad's car at the time). The other car turned out to be a COP, so he pulled me over. Once I explained, he just smiled and let me go.

Pamela said...

The first time I got pulled over I was driving home from work (9:30pm) when we lived in Wisconsin. A car on the opposite side of the road flashed his lights and I realized that I had forgotten to turn my lights on. So, I turn my lights on and am thinking to myself how could I be so stupid as to not turn my lights on this late at night. Just tired after a long day of working at JC Penney. Next thing I know there are red and blue lights showing up in my rear view mirror. My heart is racing because there had been stories in the news recently of a guy dressed as a policeman pulling ladies over and then...well, you get the picture. I decide to pull over since I was still in a well lighted and busy area. He asked me if I knew why he pulled me over. I said I didn't know unless it was because it was because I forgot to turn my lights on but a car in the other lane just alerted me and I turned them on. He said that he was the one who flashed the lights at me. I said thank you. I wanted to say if you had seen that I turned them on, then why did you have to stop me. I wasn't speeding, current plates, etc., but I didn't say anything else. He said be careful and let me go. My heart was still racing the rest of the seven miles to my house.

christy rose said...

Honestly, it is such a blessing that happened when he was with her because he was able to show her what to do. I remembert the first time i got pulled over, i had no idea what to do. Let alone being scared because of whatever reason I was being pulled over.

I'm sure she was upset though. I still get upset when I see those red lights behind me. It definitely is not fun. So accusing!!! :)

She will have a memory to share with her kids one day!


The Bug said...

I've only been pulled over once (not for lack of opportunity - I have a lead foot). You'll enjoy this - it was 18 1/2 years ago & I was driving from Raleigh to Hickory NC to go over my wedding details with my Mom. I had Amy Grant blaring on the stereo & I was singing at the top of my lungs. Wish I could remember the song. I was doing 80 in a 55 zone! Thankfully I just got a ticket - the officer could have taken my license away. Darn that Amy Grant - it was all her fault!

Aunt LoLo said...

I had been back in the country a few weeks from living abroad. It was a rainy Seattle day. I was in the car with some friends...and a date. That I didn't like very much. I was thinking about what we were going to do that day, and how I was going to keep it non-awkward around my date. (Dumb me- I hadn't realized I just wasn't "into him" yet. Duh!) Anyhow..morning rush hour traffic...I was in the (empty) carpool lane...doing 80. Next to stopped traffic. On a rainy morning. In a 60 mph zone. I was so scared when the cop pulled me over, I told him exactly how fast I'd been going. (81) He looked confused, and told me he'd only clocked me doing 72. Phew! (I'd looked at my speedomoter right after I noticed him.)

Violet said...

I don't know how to leave a picture but I'm a great-grandmother remembering her first ticket. The officer was waiting for me at the end of the driveway and ticketed for improper backing up? I love reading here with my coffee every morning. God bless Kristin and brave Jorge and Dad's. Love and Blessings, Violet

P.S. Tell Kristin I knocked down both poles parallel parking with the officer. :)

skoots1mom said...

1975/spring day/silver-blue'69 volkswagen beetle/16yo/mom in passenger seat
stop sign then blue lights!
"billy stick" tapping on my window..rolled down window

"Please hold your license & registration out the window, Ma'am!" (can you say, DRAGNET?)

he looked as young as me...mom said "fresh out of the academy"...heart was pounding

His perception: didn't complete a 4-second, complete stop
(the `4-second part' is not in any Ga code that i ever found).

In the end...
he didn't show in court, so after a warning I paid $25 court fee

Best/Worst moment:
(worst)after paying the fee, ran into neighbor when walking out the court clerk's door ...i was so embarrassed.
(best)from then on VERY aware of my do's/dont's...sure didn't want to GET STOPPED again!

Wonder why the man called the police--paranoia looms BIG and DARK over so many peoples'lives these days...sad, isn't it??!!

She'll do great in the test...just practice 3 or 4 times with it and she'll come through w/ flying colors.
(hint: tell her to be SURE her officer has on His/Her seatbelt b4 beginning the driving test :)

Tammy Howard said...

I don't have a great story either, but now your daughter sure does!!!

Greg C said...

I hope Jorge showed her the proper way to bat her eyelashes at the nice man in blue. :)

The only one I can think of that might want to write down license plates is the Repoman from TV. Maybe that's who they thought it was. Obviously this man had way too much time on his hands to sit there and look at people driving down the street.

First pull over: I was driving down US1 and a policeman pulled up behind me. I wasn't doing anything wrong but I got nervous and started concentrating on him and not on where I was going. I entered a school zone marked at 25mph doing 45. The crossing guard blew her whistle and pointed at me (the little B-nice lady) and the policeman pulled me over. He just gave me a warning though. (no I did not bat my eyelashes)

Jenny said...

Oh my goodness that is crazy.

I do remember he first time I was pulled over, I had just left work and literally just pulled out of the parking lot and a cop pulled me over for not wearing my seat belt. I was in the process of putting it on when he pulled me over. He let me off the hook.

Jenny said...

Oh I did a post about 30 x 5 today :)

Chatty Kelly said...

Check your junk email folder (where my emails to you always go). I just sent you one. It really is junk mail, but reminded me of this post. :-)

Carmen Gamble said...

Poor Kristin! I hope she can laugh about it in the near future. Good thing Jorge had it under control. Writing down license plates...such a dangerous offence! Jeesh!

Rachel said...

Oh my! Such a crazy reason to be pulled over!

And as someone who works in law enforcement... yes, there are reasons people take down license plates - some of them not so good.

I'm glad her dad was with her too!

Anonymous said...

My first time was at night with a car riding my tail. I was intimidated, thinking I wasn't going fast enough for him so I sped up. That's when the blue lights came on. Jerk. He forced me into it then gave me my first ticket.
My daughter goes the 22nd of this month for her 3rd try! Dang that parallel parking!

Tammy said...

I am NOT going to jinx myself by answering this question. But should my status change, you will be the first to know....right after my husband! :-)

2Thinks said...

Yep. I worked sanding the rough edges off of wooden Bible character figurines for a small educational supply company. The sander was set up in our basement. When I had a batch ready, I'd deliver them and collect my check.

One of the biggest bunches I ever sanded at one time netted me $67.00 On my way home after delivering them and collecting that check, I found myself pulled over for driving about 67 mph in a 50 zone. I remember not being sure if the speed limit on that road was 50 or 70, so I kind of shot for the middle- ish.

The police man showed no mercy. The fine came to- you guessed it


Cried all the way home.

Debbie said...

I hate to parallel park. In fact, I have been known to carry my car on my back to keep from having to parallel park. I feel for her.

Just Be Real said...

Oh my goodness, poor thing. Well, as you stated, at least she got that out of the way..... blessings and thank you for sharing!!!

My ADHD Me said...

I remember....nuff said.

I was trying to teach my son how to PP and he told me that his teacher said that they took it off the test years ago! And he was right. (in VA)

Too bad...

A. We have a large area downtown where PP is the ONLY parking.

B. It's good backing up practice. (and pulling up and then backing up and pulling up and backing up....)

C. I had to do it!!

Lilly said...

I do not parallel park EVER. The last time I did it was when I got my licence at 17. So that was a hundred years ago.

It's true your daughter has got that out of the way and perhaps it was good it happened now and not later. Oh its nerve wracking poor kids (and parents).

Takes me back to when my daughter got her licence - she nearly lost it within 6 months after getting it. She was pulled up three times by police and since then never again.

I was pulled up for speeding for the first time four years ago. He let me off because I cried. Seriously. Just goes to show.

Kim said...

Poor girl!! :( So glad her Daddy was there with her!

I'm one of those gifted in parallel parking....I love to do it....and it drives my hubby nuts. LOL!

My first ticket was in the big city of Funcie!! It was for failing to stop at a stop sign that was being blocked by a mail truck! GRRR!!! This was 23 years ago...headed to Amber's Beauty School. LOL!

My only other ticket was about 13 years ago...on my BIRTHDAY!!! The officer handed me the ticket and my drivers license back, "Happy Birthday Ma'am".......smarty pants!

Smelling Coffee said...

Ugg... I was a first year teacher at an elmentary school and actually got pulled over right in front of the school for speeding (I was late). Every bus that turned into the school had kids hanging out the window and yelling and waving at me as if I had just won some celebratory award. The "older" teachers never let me live it down! :-)

Smelling Coffee said...

Ugg... I was a first year teacher at an elmentary school and actually got pulled over right in front of the school for speeding (I was late). Every bus that turned into the school had kids hanging out the window and yelling and waving at me as if I had just won some celebratory award. The "older" teachers never let me live it down! :-)

Liz said...

As a general rule, I would think people can spot a student learning to drive from a mile away. What was that guy thinking? Give me a break!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh my word - poor thing! That is unbelieveable!

My first time getting pulled over was about 8 years ago, I think, and it was for not wearing a seatbelt. I know. I learned my lesson pretty quickly.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I know why some people write down the license numbers.

If it is a nice car, they run the license, get an address, and find the house. Nice car means nice house means nice stuff to steal in house.

Here in Texas and a few other places, we've had some interesting issues with this. There are now cameras at intersections that take pictures when people pull too far into the intersection or just don't stop. The cameras take pictures, and tickets are sent out. Some all too smart teens have made paper tags using the license numbers of people they don't like, intentionally run lights, and the innocent person has gotten ticketed. They don't do this once or twice. They do it over and over and over to the point that the innocent car owner could go to jail. Imagine coming up with alibis to fight that.

And, yes, I've been pulled over 3 times. Two times the officer ended up apologizing, which was nice, and the third time I got a warning about being more attentive to school zones and then given directions for the street I was looking for which had my attention so I missed the school zone.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

But why go to all the trouble of writing down the numbers of a nice car to lead you to a nice neighborhood when you could just go directly to said neighborhood and get to work?