Breaking The Law
So there I was, stuck in traffic entering Diego Martin. Traffic is moving really slow and so I pick up my blackberry to check an email I just got from the office. I was reading it and getting really angry by its contents when all of a sudden I looked up and realised that a police woman was stopping traffic. She then turned to me and directed me to pull to the side of the road.
Ugh!! Are you serious? She is pulling me to side? I can’t believe this!
So I park and she walks up to the car window with her arms crossed and says:
PW: I can’t believe you were doing what you were doing?
PW: I was shocked that you didn’t even realise there was a police presence around you
PW: May I have your documents please
I reached inside my glove compartment and pulled everything out for her. She took them and walked back to her vehicle.
I guess you were wondering about my silence? Umm what was I going to say? I know when I’m beaten and I wasn’t taking a chance to answer in any form of a tone so that I may be carted off to jail because I was sarcastic or something. My brain kept telling me: “Hush Boy!” “Hush yuh mouth!”. Don’t speak!
After she entered her vehicle, every expletive I can think of starts flooding my mind as I am totally upset with myself for this infraction. I sit there and I can’t seem to recall what is the new fine for being on your phone while driving? I seem to think it is between $2000 and $5000. I of course calculate these things in lost CD purchases and then I realise that I might be eating Crix and drinking water for the rest of the month when I get this ticket.
She returns to my car and hands me back my license and insurance.
PW: Sir, is the address on your Driver’s Permit your correct address?
Me: Yes Maam
PW: Ok, then you will receive a summons in the mail
Me: A Summons? No no no no no no no.
PW: How yuh feeling now!
Me: No! what happened to the ticket? Why can’t I get a ticket? (my lips are squivering here!)
PW: Well sir, we do not have any books to issue tickets so you will get a summons in the mail
Me: That means I have to appear in front of a magistrate and stand in the criminal box at the court house?
PW: How yuh feeling now
Me: Like a Cunumunu!
PW: Ah ha. Yuh see! Now was that phone call that important?
Me: I wasn’t talking on the phone but reading an email. Traffic had not moved in awhile and so I started to read it
PW: An email!! Oh this makes it even worse! Can I see your phone?
Me: Sure! But why?
PW: I want to see if you responded to the email.
Me: I had not!
She takes my phone and looks at it and then returns it back to me.
PW: Well sir! You will now know not to drive and text.
Me: Umm is there any chance I can get a ticket? Can I drive you to the station to get a ticket book or something?
PW: (laughs) You funny yes! Unfortunately there are no ticket books and that is why you are getting a summons
Me: Just my luck! I am going to be embarrassed for all eternity
PW: I know how you feel. I had to appear before one two years ago because I decide to park next to a “No Parking” sign and I am supposed to know better. None of us are above the law
Me: I understand that but I just rather not have to go before a judge and feel worse than I already am at this point.
PW: Well sir, that’s how it is! Do have a good day!
Me: Thank you Officer…
PW: Beckles. Officer Beckles.
Me: Thank you Officer Beckles. I guess we will see each other again in court?
PW: I doubt it but make sure the next time I see you it is not for this offence!
Me: Yes Maam. Have a good weekend
PW: You too!
And there you have it folks. I am officially a criminal!
Feel free to pass me straight in the road.
I will keep you updated when I get the summons and when I have to go to court, but after this experience, my weekend was just “Bleh”!
And would you beleive that I caught myself text at a traffic light the next day and almost jumped out of my skin! Smh! We criminals never learn!
How was your weekend?