Wednesday, August 01, 2007

what would you do?

a few weeks ago on our road trip back from Michigan bethany and i were cruising down the 2 lane highway in idaho you see above. the speed was 65. i was doing 70... ok maybe 72 at times. so i came up to a black dodge durango doing exactly 65. i would normally just stay behind the person and be fine with it, but in this case it was a flat straight road for as far as you could see. so i wanted to at least do 5 over, which is basically expected on roads like this. but this durango was a bit different. it had a couple antennas on it, and even something on the top that maybe kinda resembled lights. "is it a cop?" i thought to myself... hard to tell yes or no. then i saw his license plate- a totally normal idaho license plate without any government markings like they usually have. couldn't be a cop. so i step on it a bit and pull into the other lane to pass. well, while i was doing about 72 and was obviously passing him in the other lane we both noticed at the same time the huge letters "IDAHO STATE HIGHWAY PATROL". Oh dude... my stomach sank to the floor! Passing a cop!? Is that legal even if your going the speed limit!? So I was instantly faced with a big decision. Do I press on and just grin like everything is great and beautiful while I'm passing him doing 7 over... OR do I hit the brakes and get behind him pretending like nothing ever happened!?

What would you have done??? I would love to hear what you would do... leave a comment!

Well here is what I did:
I decided to stick to my plan of passing the durango. So I passed him doing about 71 and boy was that an awkward moment when I looked over and made eye contact while I was even with him. The look on his face was priceless... like "Boy you know who your messin' with!???" Haha. So I eventually got in front of him and kept my speed right at 70 (trying not to act too guilty by going 5 over) and honestly I was just waiting for the blue and red lights to start flashing all over. 10 seconds... ok lights anytime now. 20 seconds.... wow no lights yet. Of course Bethany made the comment right at about 20 seconds "That cop must be some rookie and he's having a hard time finding the lights switch right now!" hahaha... thanks Bethany.
The good news is that he didn't pull me over so I think my decision to press on and do 5 over was a good one... or ... maybe he just never found the switch for the lights??? :)


Blogger SuperTramp said...

You want to know what I think...? I think passing cops has nothing to do with gender. I think "slowing down like a woman" is not correctly used language. I think there are many women in this world that could kick your a__. Not all men are driven to speed and driven to act according to what their testosterone wants. These are stereotypes not what people actually are. At least that is what I learn in school.. I don't think it really matters. I think most people don't mean much by using these terms, but I think it is worth some thought.

I also think the sky is blue, the world is round, the river is flowing, and water is the base for most life.

Blah Blah Blah

And yes I would have passed and kept going. It would have been even more awkward to back off.

8/01/2007 1:01 PM  
Blogger blaine said...

hi col-
sorry to ruffle your feathers, the use of stereotypes was unintentional and wasn't meant to degrade women in any way.
i changed the wording because i agree with you.
yes, there are a lot of women out there who could kick my a**, especially this one

8/01/2007 1:38 PM  
Blogger peteyd said...

Totally depends on what kind of car you have. you're fine in the suv/minivan-ish thing. Red corvette and you're writing a check to The Man.

8/03/2007 1:05 PM  
Blogger Chad Cheverier said...

i have passes cops and would totally do it again, within reasonable speeds aka 5 over. good job.

8/03/2007 4:04 PM  
Blogger Lorenzo Menendez said...

HAMMER DOWN BABY!!!!!! hahahahahaha

8/04/2007 12:26 PM  
Blogger Paige Kearin said...

Sweet. Classic story.

8/07/2007 11:30 PM  
Blogger Tim Halberg said...

dude... that's a tough one... cops are ABOVE the law... they can do whatever they want... and can pull you over for any good reason they see fit...

I'd of probably freaked out, slowed down, then sped back up and finished the pass... but I woulda been MAD nervous the next few miles!

8/12/2007 4:29 PM  
Blogger Jason Lanier said...

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8/15/2007 3:18 PM  
Blogger Jason Lanier said...

I would have kept going man! Backing off would have been an admission of guilt. I would have smiled at him when I passed! You are lucky he was not in a bad mood that day!

8/15/2007 3:19 PM  

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