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Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 miles per hour in a 55 zone. Fourth time in as many months. How could a guy get caught so often?

When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but only partially. Just let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard. Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror. The cop was stepping out of his car, the big pad in hand.

The policeman was Bob? Bob from Church?

Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This was worse than the coming speeding ticket. A cop catching a guy from his very own church. A guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day at the office. A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow.

Jumping out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday, a man he'd never seen in a police officer's uniform.

"Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this."

"Hello, Jack." No smile on the cops face.

"Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids?"

"Yeah, I guess." Bob seemed uncertain. Good.

"I've seen some long days at the office lately. I'm afraid I bent the rules a bit - just this once."

Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement. "Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?"

"I know what you mean. I also know that you have a reputation in our police district." Ouch. This was not going in the right direction. Time to change tactics.

"What'd you clock me at?"

"Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?"

"Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked my speed as soon as saw you. I was barely nudging 65." The lie seemed to come easier with every speeding ticket.

"Please, Jack, in the car."

Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open the window.

The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad.

Why hadn't he asked for a driver's license?

Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again. A tap on the door jerked his head to the right. There was Bob, a folded paper in hand Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.

"Thanks." Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice.

Bob returned to his police car without a word. Jack watched his retreat in the mirror. Jack unfolded the sheet of paper he had just been given. How much was this one going to cost him this time?

Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke?

Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:

"Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed by a car. You guessed it - a speeding driver. A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters, all three of them. I only had one, and I'm going to have to wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her
again.

A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. Pray for me. And be careful, Jack, my son is all I have left."

"Bob"

Jack turned around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head down the road Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, he too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.

Life is precious. Handle with care. This is an important message; please pass it along to your friends. Drive safely and carefully. Remember, cars are not the only things recalled by their maker.

Funny how you can send a thousand jokes through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the sanctity of life people think twice about sharing.

Funny how when you go to forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it to them.

Pass this on, you may save a life. Maybe not, but we'll never know if we dont try.
 

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I just got a 51 in a 30 zone Friday morning. Kinda makes me look at it at a different perspective. I was in an industrial area with only one car in sight. Too bad it had those flashing lights on it!
 

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yep I did, and I got earache off of 'er indoors as she thought I was making a comment about her driving (as if!) :roll:
 

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Noted difference between speeding in school zones and neighborhoods, versus speeding on deserted backroads... but good to remember.

And when you meets the good officer; smile, takes the medicine, apologize for using his time and try to enjoy the rest of the now expensive ride. ;)




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Liquidsilver said:
Noted difference between speeding in school zones and neighborhoods, versus speeding on deserted backroads... but good to remember.
Yeah- speeding on the backroads, you'll only kill yourself; then you have to wait for your daughter to get to heaven before you can hug her again.

Choose your risks wisely, eh?
 

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Well, for me, to be technical, it's daughterS and sonS. And yes, they would see me again in heaven... (thanks for the reminder) but if simply speeding on a backroad were deemed too dangerous an activity for me to engage in, then I'd probably have to rule out motorcycling all together, dirt and street. Then flying would have to go. Then fried foods. Then driving to work?

My kids have a father that engages in activities MANY other fathers consider insane. But I have to choose at what point I would cease to be the father they know. I have a very tender and personal relationship with each of them, and I've discussed these issues with them, individually and at length.


"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit shooting heroin."



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And dont forget not to go visit the parents in the nursing home, just in case you sneeze & infect anyone; there you just killed your kids Grandparents as well.
Seriously, I know its well meaning but IMHO & only mine its lame! There I said it, I'm sure I cant be the only one thinking it - or am I? :oops:
 

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In the words of David Bowie "Oh no love! you're not alone" (where's that hiding behind the sofa emoticon when you need it?)

So the LEO lets off the habitual speeder because he is an aquaintance, and happens to frequent the same religious establishment? Someone who has clearly not learned to modify his behaviour, despite his earlier encounters with the police?

The moral the story is trying to get over is therefore clearly "make friends with as many Police as possible, it'll come in handy one day".




And may I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a merry Christmas Mr Winters, sir. :mrgreen:






I must confess that having had occasion this morning to meet two of the Met Police's finest :oops: I shall be modifying my own behaviour. And to make it even more embarrasing I was pulled over right in front of Waldy's shop :roll:
But in an effort to be seasonal the officer has doodled a little green holly leaf with some red berries in the corner of the penalty notice.
Which is nice.
 

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marshman said:
But in an effort to be seasonal the officer has doodled a little green holly leaf with some red berries in the corner of the penalty notice.
Which is nice.
I love that, it says so much about the officer involved. :lol:

I'm sure I cant be the only one thinking it - or am I?
+1, but it's rampant this time of year in particular, so yawn and ignore.

And yes, I do empathise with scrooge at the beginning of A Christmas Carol
 

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According to the MCN they have proved that the Gatso doesn't work on a motorbike - so if you have been knicked in the past might be worth checking it out...
 

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Why give up the heroin, Liquid? If you get prison time Bush will give you a Christmas pardon. Wait, maybe that's only if you're a dealer. :shock:
 
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