Letter to the editor 3, Feb. 26, 2015

Dear Editor,

Last week’s Soapbox column (Shiny buttons, Your Local Journal February 19) prompted me to write with my own experience with a Sûreté du Québec officer. The one time I was pulled over by the police on a local street where I live, I knew why. What I failed to understand was why the police officer felt it appropriate or even necessary to throw my license and registration at me once he handed me my ticket. I got the usual “Your papers please” and “Did you know you were driving too fast?”

I admitted I knew it and I told him so. Politely, not in a rude way, just admitting I was speeding because I actually was. I was running late as most of us are every day and I got caught. He gave me a lecture which I deserved but I said to myself, “Now I really am running late.” Getting a ticket is long, embarrassing, frustrating, and can make you mad. So I took a deep breath and decided there was nothing I could do at this point but listen graciously. So I did, then watched him walk back to his car and sat waiting.

Watching all the cars pass me and look at me because they are probably saying to themselves, “Better you than me.” So here is the part that bothered me then and still bothers me now. I started to put down my window when I saw the officer was making his way back to my car and when it was almost fully opened, he threw both my license and my registration at me. Really? Why? After all, I’m the one getting the ticket I am the one who has to now pay hard earned money .... Why was he mad?

I was so upset that my first instinct was to get out of my car and ask why but I would have probably gotten a ticket for that. I looked at my ticket and saw that he did reduce the amount of my ticket which he had said that he would do while I was getting the lecture on speed. So I sat there for a minute reminding myself be grateful, I understand I was speeding which is illegal, and wondered to myself what would his mother say?

My mother would have been proud of my behaviour.

Name withheld at letter writer’s request

St. Lazare

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