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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Police (10/12/06)

TITLE: What's Your Excuse?
By Tamara Rodrigues


Have you ever been pulled over by a police officer for speeding, for running a red light or a stop sign? What length have you gone to in order to get out of the citation? Here are some of the real life events I have first hand knowledge of.

An officer comes up to a young man who he has just pulled over and says “I have been waiting for you all day.” Young man, “Well, I got here as fast as I could.”

I was once pulled over for speeding in a 40 MPH zone. I knew I was guilty and was ready to receive my ticket. As the officer came to my door, he pointed to my dashboard and said, “If you would have been using that, you would have known I was using radar.” I looked at him and then to the dashboard and said, “That’s not a radar detector. It’s a sound machine.” He looked at me. So I pushed one of the buttons and it played an “a-ooo-ga” horn. The officer was laughing so hard he told me to slow it down and move along.

My Mom and her red hatters group were heading to an event in downtown Buffalo. There were four cars of women all adorned in red and purple attire. Some had big floppy red hats on with feather boa’s and matching gloves. Three of the cars made the traffic light and the fourth, not wanting to get lost, ran it. Shortly afterward, the lady driving saw the flashing lights in her rear view mirror. The lady pulled over and was in quite a bit of duress, not over the impending ticket, but over not knowing where to go. The officer approached the car and looked inside and couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Five women each in an outfit more outrageous than the woman next to her began explaining simultaneously why they ran the light and how important it was to catch up with the other cars in the group. Grinning from ear to ear and shaking his head, the officer reminder the driver not to run red lights and escorted her to the event.

One of my fathers coworkers told him the way he got out of speeding tickets was to keep a bottle of a popular brand of anti-diahareal on the front seat of his car. The man told Dad that if he was pulled over to look at the officer and point to the bottle on the front seat and look very uncomfortable. Dad being known to have a heavy accelerator foot, thought he would try it and bought a bottle and left it on the front seat of his car. Coming home from work one evening, Dad was pulled over. Trying to look as uncomfortable as possible, Dad looked at the officer and then to his front seat. The officer said, “Oh I am sorry buddy, I know how you are feeling, get to a bathroom.” Dad pulled off smiling.

Sometimes life is just too funny not to share.

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Kaylee Blake 10/19/06
Hehe! Thanks for the laugh, especially the last one. I really needed it (the laugh). Good job.
Jan Ackerson 10/20/06
Cute anecdotes! I especially like the one with the Red Hatters.

A closer edit might catch little things like apostrophe faults, a tense switch, etc., and give your charming story that extra sparkle.