Flashing lights in the rear view mirror

Grand Junction, Colorado
September 29, 2016 11:22am CST
This morning we got up as usual, before the sun. Daughter got ready and as usual I tell her at 6:23 the alarm is going off it's time to head down to the bus stop. She grabs a hoodie as it's starting to rain outside and heads out the door telling her dad and I she loves us and to have a good day and repeat the same phrase. She calls me at 6:40 to inform me that the bus driver just drove on by her. Ok, well head back to the house and I will take you to school. Now I'm rushing around trying to finish getting ready so that I can driver her 15 min in the opposite direction to get her to school. My alarm is set for 7:20 to tell me I should be on the road heading to work. We hop in the car at 6:55 to head to school, I'm thinking I'm going to be late to work. I'm traveling down this little farm road, its only 2 lanes no sidewalks or bike lane, but no real traffic on the road, which is pretty usual. I can see the stop light ahead still about a mileish away when I see flashing lights in my rear view mirror, and the vehicle is like right on my butt. As the officer is getting out of his car I have rolled my window down and placed both hands on my steering wheel, as he leans down he tells me he pulled me over for speeding. I acknowledge that and inform him that I have a gun on my hip. He thanks me for letting him know and says that if I keep mine there he will keep his in place also. I of course, agree. Meanwhile my thirteen year old is cracking up in the car, probably because she is witnessing her mother getting a ticket for doing wrong. He of course asks for my license and registration and proof of insurance and I explain that my license is in the backseat in my bag, is it okay that I reach around for it? I don't want to make the officer nervous with moving around. He says its' ok and I ask my daughter to open the glove box and get the papers out so that I can hand him the needed items. He goes back to his car to check things out, and write my ticket. My daughter believes that he should let me go and not give me a ticket, and I explained that, that wasn't going to happen, I was speeding and that the reason didn't justify it. So I got a big fat ticket, $179.50 if I pay it in the next 20 days it will only be 2 points on my license instead of 4. I know that I'm responsible for driving to fast, but I can't help but think that if the bus driver hadn't drove on past and left my daughter behind then I wouldn't have been on the road that I was on speeding to get her to school to get to work on time. In the end my daughter was late, and the office got to hear my rant, and I had to call my boss to let him know I would be late as I couldn't speed today since I already got a big fat ticket. To top it off work has been hectic this morning, which is unusual, but seems to be how my day is going to go. How's everyone else's day going?
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@jaboUK (53539)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 16
I know what that feels like - I was fined £100 with 3 points on my licence a couple of months ago. I don't know how fast you were going, but I was only doing 36 in a 30mph zone.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
29 Sep 16
He wrote the ticket for 54 mph in a 40 mph zone. I actually am not surprised that I got the ticket on that road, as I am always traveling on it at about 50 mph usually. It isn't a busy road and its just farming area for the most part. I will have to slow it down or get a radar detector in my car. I think the speed limit on that road should be higher than it is.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
29 Sep 16
That seems like a lot for such a small amount that you were going over the speed limit?
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@jaboUK (53539)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 16
@beaniefanatic13 I thought it was too, but that is the penalty and there's no getting out of it. It's all automated - I was caught on camera and didn't know anything about it until a week later.
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@Corbin5 (103332)
• United States
29 Sep 16
Those flashing lights in the rear view mirror is one of the worst sights in the world to me. Yes, the bus driver made life very difficult for you this morning. That is a costly ticket too. I did one speeding ticket in my long driving career, but now I drive like the little old lady I am, so no more tickets, yet. I could mess up.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
29 Sep 16
I did mention to my daughter that it was the bus driver's fault and her response was way to take responsibility mom. I had to concede that I was at fault, the bus driver didn't make me speed. I could have chosen to drive the speed limit and gone insde the office (which I had to do in the end anyway) and explained that the bus driver left my daughter on the side of the road. I take responsibility for the ticket. I blame the bus driver for my being on that road this morning.
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@Corbin5 (103332)
• United States
29 Sep 16
@beaniefanatic13 Your daughter is very wise, my friend. Her response was perfect.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
30 Sep 16
@Corbin5, she is is an old soul in a 13 yr old body. My dad about a yr ago said she is 12 going on 29, that is so true.
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@akalinus (15096)
• United States
29 Sep 16
Some days just are not worth the effort. Maybe you should go home and start over.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
29 Sep 16
If I wasn't the only person that works in the office here I probably would have called in and not gone to work. My company depends on me to get to come to work everyday and be on time.
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@akalinus (15096)
• United States
29 Sep 16
@beaniefanatic13 That's what happens when you are a responsible person. Sucks sometimes, though.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
29 Sep 16
@akalinus, yes it does. I was actually not angry sitting in the car waiting for my ticket either. I was laughing with my daughter and listening to the radio waiting for the officer to come back with my ticket. I knew I had done wrong and I deserved to receive the ticket. The amount on the other hand I think is ridiculous, but I will probably driver closer to the speed limit in the future.
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@KristenH (23760)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
29 Sep 16
Wow. That's a crazy morning so far. Hope it gets better. Pretty good day so far.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
29 Sep 16
Well I'm glad to hear that yours is going well. I don't typically have bad mornings, so hoping this bad one is good karma for another nice long stretch of good mornings. Bad mornings can just ruin your day.
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@KristenH (23760)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
29 Sep 16
@beaniefanatic13 Thanks. I know what you mean. It's been rainy this afternoon.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
29 Sep 16
@KristenH, yeah it's rainy here today also, or more like a drizzle.
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@AutumnSnow (4585)
29 Sep 16
OUCH that is expensive you daughter might of thought it was funny but it was a good lesson for to learn that even as adults if you do wrong you can still get in trouble. I hope you have a good rest of the day despite that.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
29 Sep 16
I explained that I was speeding and had no good excuse for it. I'm hoping for a better afternoon.
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@miniam (9241)
• Bern, Switzerland
29 Sep 16
Real adventure early morning,why did the bus driver not stop for your daughter?was she there at the stop on time? BTW,hard to read
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
29 Sep 16
She was at the stop 13 minutes ahead of the bus. It apparently was a sub driver this morning. The bus picks her up along a highway and she stands back next to an orange cone, but she was in black and it was raining and the driver drove right on by her and didn't even notice that she had a stop at that location. Usually the bus driver puts the lights on at the dirt road before ours, this driver never slowed down.
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@jstory07 (66168)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Sep 16
Sorry that you got that ticket. Call the bus department and complain that the bus driver just drove by your daughter.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
29 Sep 16
I have contacted the bus system and complained and addressed that the driver can't see if a child is standing out there if they don't even slow down, it's to dark and it will just get darker as we go into winter. The driver needs to stop every morning regardless, we have no street lights out there on the highway. This is a rural area. The road is a highway and she can't stand up on the highway as it would be to dangerous. Hopefully we won't have the problem again. Last year we had different subs throughout the year.
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@rina110383 (24135)
30 Sep 16
Been going pretty well. Tonight, I'll be busy with my chores once I arrive home.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
30 Sep 16
Today is a better day. I will be painting tonight after work and pretty much all weekend.
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@cindiowens (3842)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3 Oct 16
Wow what a terrible morning that was.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
3 Oct 16
No one to blame but myself for speeding. I still blame the bus driver for me being in that area, lol.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3 Oct 16
@beaniefanatic13 Yes, if they had picked your daughter up as they were supposed to, none of that would have happened.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
3 Oct 16
@cindiowens exactly my thinking. I would have been speeding on a different road, lol.
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@shaggin (36676)
• United States
5 Oct 16
Oh man that sounds awful I am so sorry reading this awful day of yours. I feel even luckier now that when I got pulled over the other day going 17 miles over the speed limit he only gave me a warning.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
5 Oct 16
I wish that would have been the case for me. The worst thing will be my insurance rates going up. My rates went up $40 a month with my new policy last month. I can't imagine how much higher they will go up next.
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@shaggin (36676)
• United States
6 Oct 16
@beaniefanatic13 Wow I had never thought of that. I'm always terrified of getting into an accident because my car insurance rates will go up. Now I know another reason to obey the speed limit. I hope your rates won't go up to much :-(
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
6 Oct 16
@shaggin, Fingers crossed, I won't know until April at my renewal.
@Tampa_girl7 (25400)
• United States
3 Oct 16
We had a nice weekend
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