Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Just a thought: what if police pulled you over to offer stars and stickers and rewards for obeying the law instead of just breaking it?

"Do you know why I pulled you over?"
"No sir."
"I just wanted to say I really appreciate the proper pause you gave at the stop sign back there. Way to not roll through it. Please accept this get out of jail free card and have a nice day."

"Do you know how fast you were going back there?"
"No ma'am."
"Just the right amount. Thanks for obeying the law. Here's a lollipop."

I thought of this recently as I was sitting at a red light by my house. It's a one-way street but you cannot turn right on red at this intersection. No, no, no. And to enforce this, there is often a cop hiding behind the church ready to get someone who breaks the law. But he or she is never there when I sit patiently and wait for the light to turn green so I can go right. But I do it anyway. And just once, I wish a cop would come after me and say thanks for doing the right thing.


  1. Hi! I'm a long-term lurker (blogstalker? What is the socially preferred term these days?) but I absolutely had to comment on this. I have wondered this same thing CONSTANTLY for quite some time! I really feel like people would be WAY more inclined to make good driving choices if there were ever an incentive to do so!!! So glad I'm not the only genius that has realized this.

    Anyway, I love your blog. Thanks for keeping me entertained. :)

  2. 100% agree. I've never gotten a ticket (knock on wood), so a reward for driving so well (or at least not getting caught)would be nice.

  3. Several years ago a friend of mine was stopped by a Vestavia cop for just that. He said after he got over having the beejeevers scared out of him it felt pretty good!! A nice notion tho'

    Larry Anderson


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