A Left Turn Against You

, , , | Legal | August 6, 2019

(I am driving in DC — my first time — in a time before GPS on cellphones. I am carefully following written directions. They are written by my uncle who actually lives in the city. A cop is in front of me and turns left. I follow. To my surprise, he pulls me over.)

Cop: “Do you know why I pulled you over?”

Me: “No.”

Cop: “Left turns are illegal on this road.”

Me: *stunned* “I followed you!”

Cop: “What did you say?”

Me: “I said I followed you! You turned left first!”

(I admit I was young and stupid. Thought the truth would make a difference. It didn’t. I got ticketed. I wrote a letter explaining what happened and complaining that the cop had broken the law right in front of me. It didn’t help; I still had to pay.)

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