Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sorry Mr. Cop, my child ate my insurance card and took my drivers license

I thought minivans were supposed to be bypassed by cops? I mean, they are under the radar right? Nope... Not yesterday

I was driving home from work and went through the darn construction area on 65 at Valleydale (if you are from here you know what I am talking about). It was 5:00 traffic so I was just following the rest of the crowd and not paying a whole lot of attention to the speedometer. Apparently I was going 65mph in a 55 work zone (though I was way past this when he pulled me over.)

So here is the image. Me in my tan minivan, a black celica, and a red miata in a little row in front of the cop on the side of 65. Cue the Sesame Street song "which one of these things doesnt belong?" I honestly had no clue I was speeding since I did not feel like it was that fast to me! I was the last of the bunch.

So as I wait for the cop to come to my window I started looking for my license. My purse is in disarray because the girls dumped it earlier and I cannot find my license anywhere (still cant find it and I am getting on a plane to NY tomorrow, so I will be taking a little trip to the drivers bureau in the am). So when Mr. Cop shows up I have to nervously tell him "Im sorry, i cannot find my license, I think my children took it". But luckily I had my number. On top of that, I cant find my insurance card. Crap.

So he goes back to run my license number along with the other two sports car drivers who were undoubtedly the reason I was in this situation in the first place , drawing in the cops attention and all drivers information.

I am now frantically looking for my insurance card. I found the expired one finally and suddenly remembered where my new one was. Leah ate it. Yep, when it arrived in the mail I laid it on the sofa table to be put in the car and she got to it before we put it in there. Being the goat that she is, she ate the expiration right off of it. I meant to get another one but conveniently forgot until that exact moment.

So now copper comes back and I have to explain to him that not only did my children take my license but one of them has eaten my insurance card. I showed him the one that expired in February, and luckily he believed me and laughed it off. Also he was nice enough to pretend workers were not present at the time so I did not get a double fine.

I knew 100% i would get a ticket. I have been pulled over 5 previous times (never for anything huge which is why I am guessing I have not gotten a ticket) but I knew this time I was overdue. Im not proud of this, I just blame it all on being in the wrong place at the wrong time :) As in, the cop was sitting there at the moment I passed so it was not the right time for me to drive by. The whole situation yesterday was so ridiculous I wasnt even all that mad about it. I think, and so did Mr Cop, that I will be able to go to driving school and my insurance and pocket will be none the wiser but I will find out on my court date on June 3rd. Ugh.

OH and here is the kicker - the cop actually said "I know you all were just following traffic and everyone was going this fast, but I had to pull over some people!" Darn shiny sports cars...

So, a warning to you Bham dwelling people, it is a speed trap! (as my husband has told me about 100 times). We will not discuss his annoying reaction to this incident... he who has had way more tickets than me, I must say...

If I can get out of the fine and go to driving school instead - which I am sure will be a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning, I am going to say that I still have not had a ticket. After all, if insurance does not know about it, it is never official right?

6 comments:

The Knightens said...

was it a state trooper, shelby county deputy or a pelham/hoover cop? I have connections you know!

Lauren and Bryant said...

Oh no!! Where do you have to go to court? If it is Pelham, get a babysitter and bring a book. You'll be there for a few hours....ughh! I had a fender bender last year on Valleydale and didn't have my updated insurance eventhough I had insurance. Yuck!!! Darn police.....

Rachel said...

OH I am SOOO right there with ya... this morning there were UNMARKED cops in regular cars on 65right at Valleydale... SO annoying... I was so ticked that they weren't even in marked cop cars!

Melissa said...

I can only imagine Matt's reaction. I would have loved to have seen the cop's face when you told him about the license and the insurance card. Too funny! Sorry about the ticket though.

Lori said...

Unfortunately I had to pay the fine and pay for driving school but you're right, there is not one ticket on my record!

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