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October 8, 2012 - Karin Elton
Well, I had a typical weekend — tried to sleep in, made chocolate chip cookies and oh, yeah, got stopped by an officer of the law.
This time there was a good reason. I was the passenger with my son driving my car. My two daughters were in the back seat. One of those daughters wasn’t wearing her seat belt unbeknownst to me.
But I couldn’t believe I got stopped again. I just got stopped last Saturday for absolutely no reason — just for existing I guess. The sheriff’s deputy ran my license and there was a descrepancy between what the computer said was on my license plate — July 2012 tabs — and what was actually on the plates, 2013 tabs.
I got home yesterday and said to my husband, “Guess what?” He said, “you got stopped by the cops.”
This is the third time I’ve been stopped in the last six months. In April, I was stopped also. I was driving 55 MPH, but my windshield was cracked. He let me go with a ticket to fix the windshield after searching my car.
I feel like moving from the area but it’s not possible right now. I’m looking to buy another car because maybe my Jeep looks like a criminal’s or it looks like a poor person’s vehicle and you can always find something wrong. It’s old looking and has a dented in door on the front passenger’s side. Instead of hoping for a reliable car with good gas mileage, I’ll be wondering, “will this car attract an officer’s attention somehow?”
Yesterday the officer asked, “What brings you to Marshall?” I wanted to say “a 1995 Jeep Cherokee,” but I wisely didn’t. But I hate that question. What difference does it make? What, are they hoping we will say, “a drug transaction” or “I just burglarized a home?”
In the April stop, the deputy asked where we were going and where we were traveling from. I feel like those are personal questions and I shouldn’t have to answer.
I’m starting to feel persecuted, but maybe this is normal, all these stops. I’m just going to continue to obey the laws as best I can and try not to let it get to me.
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