I’m mad and I have good reasons to be. You see, I made a sales call a couple days ago. Yes, I am still working no matter what my wife says! I was on my way back to my office and not paying attention to what I was doing regarding my speed when all of a sudden I see these blue lights flashing all over the place behind me. I thought, there must me an accident or a cop is late for his donut and coffee. Those lights were staying right behind me and then I realized that the cop is after ME! I immediately uttered some profanities and pulled off to the side of Gillionville Road just north of the YMCA.
I have not had a speeding ticket or accident for over 18 years and surely when Mr. Policeman goes into his computer and sees that, he will certainly be a good guy and just give me a warning. Not! I pleaded with him to not give me a ticket and that I was very sorry that I didn’t realize that I was going 40 in a 25 mph zone; that I hadn’t had a ticket for about 20 years; that I do a lot for the police department like serve as captain of our Neighborhood Watch Program; and that I have attended three of the citizen’s police classes. But he would have none of that. I imagine that he got a good laugh about that and told all his buddies when he got back to the station!
I said that I am mad and I am — at myself, that is. How could I have not paid attention to a posted 25 mph speed limit in a school zone? Speeding in such a zone, or anywhere for that matter, is something that none of us should ever be doing. Believe me, I normally slow down to below 25 and am very careful in those areas. Today, I had other things on my mind, I guess, and now I am going to be paying for my lapse in attention. Since it was in a school zone, I imagine that I will need to be selling a lot of insurance the next week or so to have enough money for the fine I will be receiving.
So, learn from me and slow down as you are driving around the Albany area. The cops are out there watching your, and my, every move as we scoot around town.
I know that Mr. Policeman was just doing his job wish he would have just given me a warning. I don’t like writing out checks for such things and now my wife is really on my case!
Written by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.