HUMOR IN UNIFORM
With respect to humor in uniform, it is the public who can say the funniest things when stopped and asked to explain their actions.
Upon stopping a vehicle, here is a short compilation of some of the statements made to me when the driver was asked to explain his or her actions, or why he or she doesn’t have a driver’s license, or if they have had a few too many adult beverages earlier in the evening:
- Upon running a person’s name and D.O.B., there was a warrant for his arrest made by his bank (he was very, VERY overdrawn on his checking account). It is a crime to continue writing checks when you are aware there is no money in the account. His explanation, “How can I be overdrawn? I still have checks?”
- In New York State, 30 mph over the limit is reckless driving, an arrestable offense. This is one gentleman’s response, “If I am not allowed to go 120 miles per hour, why is that number on my speedometer?”
- A car, driven by a woman, was stopped and asked to produce her driver’s license. Her response: “Last night I went to court and the judge took my license away. Now YOU want to see it. Please make up your mind!”
- I generally do not laugh at drunk drivers, but a car was stopped on the side of the roadway. I approached it, only to find the operator very inebriated. Since it was 10:30 A.M., I told him, “Sir, I think you have a drinking problem.” His answer, “No problem at all. They go down like water.”
Our motto is to PROTECT AND SERVE. Sometimes when engaged in that activity, we should be able to find a little humor in there, somewhere.
At the bottom line, it’s all about saving just ONE life.
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