I have an old high school friend (and sure there are many others who believe this) that complain about police using traffic stops to write tickets. They want the police to focus their attention on catching “real criminals”. I don’t believe they understand how that small violation can catch “real criminals”.
Timothy McVeigh was caught driving a vehicle without a proper tag, which is a traffic violation.
Today, I had the fortune to be involved in stopping a vehicle for an improper tag. For my friend, he would say, “Oh great, you’re gonna write another ticket and get the city some money.”
Today, that driver could not produce insurance, a driver’s license or any proper documentation that should have gone with driving a vehicle. Well, to everyone’s surprise, that small stop, like many others has the opportunity to be bigger.
Well, in January, someone reported their car stolen. Today, I found it. All because of a traffic stop, for a small traffic violation. A different tag had been placed on the vehicle.
And while talking to the driver, he said, “Well, I have a couple of warrants for failure to appear.”
Well, I was not surprised to find those warrants. What surprised me was there were 13 others:
Escape, Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property, Possession of Marijuana, Joyriding, Obtaining Merchandise by Fraud, Bogus Check, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Application to revoke a suspended sentence, and a hole bunch more…..the list was just too long to continue.
The Bond for that (except for Application to Revoke cause its a no bond) was $143,464.90. And that was just for the warrants. The new charge, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle added $3,000 more.
So, you might start to understand why there are pursuits, foot chases, helicopters, lights sirens, etc. You will have no idea what will happen when those lights come on and you notice the police (sheriff or OHP) are behind you.
So learn why, before you judge. Taking the time to gain knowledge is going to provide understanding and that knowledge will give you power to be mad at the right people.
I have been spending some time talking about questions lately. If the right question is asked, it will provide some understanding. But it will definitely give you direction on where you are going and while traveling that path, you will learn why. And if you don’t learn why, you will definitely learn that you are on the right path to learn why some things have to happen.
Just like Forrest Gump said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you will get.’ (not an exact quote I am sure, but close enough for me to get my point across).
A question will lead you to an answer. It may end there, but it may lead to a better question. If it does, you will get a more in-depth answer. However, the cycle will continue until the right question provides the right answer to a problem or issue.
Why ask so many questions?
If Thomas Edison had not asked some questions, he would not have been interested to invent things like the light bulb. And it was not that he failed at many attempts, he just learned the right way to make a light bulb. Through asking question after question, to discover there is a better way to make a light. In his book, it was not failure rather he learned that was not the way to move forward to make such an invention.
How many other of our comforts have been developed by asking questions?
Polaroid Camera, Digital Cameras, Television, Radio, Airplane, and the list goes on.
So you would be in good company if you asked a question or two.