This morning, I was merrily on my way to a consignment store in a town about 25 miles away. I was all by myself and relishing the time alone by singing along to a favorite CD. A few minutes from home, I passed a state trooper who was going in the opposite direction. And I knew, just knew, I'd been speeding and was going to be pulled over. Which is exactly what happened. Sigh.
I fumbled around for the proper papers, as the officer came up to my window. I was actually pretty calm about the whole thing. I knew I was guilty, and I wasn't having a this-is-the-last straw kind of day. Mostly, I was embarassed because it took a lot of rummaging around in the glove compartment to locate the current insurance and registration copies! The trooper was kind and patient about my lack of organization, saying he sees this frequently. =) I did take the time to do an on-the-spot cleaning session while he was checking my license info.
Because it was only a "minor" infraction (less than 10 over, but I'm not sure what I was clocked at), he let me off with a warning. I thanked him, pulled carefully back onto the highway, and set my cruise control for 55. He was behind me for about 8 miles, so you'd better believe I was extra cautious!
This was my first warning, though not my first time to be pulled over. In my early 20's, in the span of 3 years, I picked up all 3 of my speeding tickets--all in our county or a neighboring one! I am certainly not proud of this, and am not promoting driving too fast. I am curious, though, for those who are willing to share: Have you ever been pulled over and/or gotten a ticket?