Monday, August 3, 2009

A cop pulled me over last Thursday...

...because he ran my license plate and saw that I didn't have insurance.

WHAT!!?? Merry driving around without insurance? This doesn't sound like her, you say? That's because it's not like me! And I wasn't driving around without insurance. I don't know what went wrong, but somehow the cop thought I didn't have insurance when I really do. I even called my insurance agent the next day to make sure that I hadn't somehow accidentally missed a payment or canceled my coverage. No, I'm current on my insurance, just like I thought. What's up with that?

The System is so INVASIVE!!! I didn't get a ticket, but I was paused on my trip home from Isaac and Camber's house for about 10 minutes. I had to hand over my driver's license and insurance card to a complete stranger (albeit one who was in uniform and driving a cop car with its lights flashing). He came back and handed my stuff back, and said he believed that I had insurance even though it didn't show up.

He was about to let me go without even talking to me about what happened, until I said, "Wait!! Why doesn't the system show that I really have insurance?" I made him stand there for another 3 or 4 minutes answering my questions about what had just happened. It's the first time that I've ever had the courage to ask my questions to a cop, and it was kind of liberating. I'm still a little bugged, though, that I was pulled over for something that wasn't even a real problem, and then the cop wanted to get out of there without answering for it!

What kind of system have we set up for ourselves? Do any of you have a similar story, or an opinion about what happened to me? Craig, I'm sure you'll have something to say!

7 comments:

Nicole said...

Merry I know that yiu Wouldn't drive around W/O Insurance U probably put You're Card n a Safe Place I LOVE My Merry

Merry said...

Yeah! I wasn't driving around without insurance. And I had my card with me. That's probably why he eventually said that he'd let me go without a ticket.

Geneil said...

LOL! Do you know what I think? How much time does a cop really have (unless he follows you a while) to read your license plate and run it through the system for an insurance check? Do they do this with every car, or just random ones? These are rhetorical questions leading up to my point... I think he thought you were cute and pulled you over, but when you handed him all of your papers, he saw your ring and was really embarrassed. :-D

But it would be interesting to know the answers to all of these questions... and way to go, asking the man questions! The last time I got pulled over I had to ask him why he stopped me, too... turns out I missed a speed reduction sign, not being familiar with the area, and I was only given a warning. But yeah, it was weird that he wouldn't have told me if I hadn't asked.

Shawn and Stacy said...

the same thing happened to me about a year ago. I was stopped at a stoplight and had a cop behind me. I wasn't even moving and he put his lights on. So I pulled over and he told me that I didn't have insurance. I showed him my card and he told me that I needed to contact my insurance agent to check on my insurance. What happened was that my insurance agent had sent it to the people who run the cops' system and they never put it in. seriously!!

I was so mad and it made me late for work.

Derek and Annie said...

Scary 'cuz I've heard of people being pulled over by people posing as cops. Lights and all.

betsey said...

HI Merry! I'm glad you found my blog, which means that I found YOUR blog! Hooray for blogs to keep in touch!

I'm excited about your upcoming marriage and can't wait to see pictures! Hope the day is just perfect! XOXOXO

Tryndakai said...

Yeah, similar thing happened to me just a weekend or two ago in the small town of Clinton, UT. I have a few theories as to why he decided to spot-check me, as it were: the cops are always pretty bored around Clinton; I actually glanced really quickly at-and-away-from the cop when I was passing him, which could potentially be seen as supicious; and he really was doing just that - spot-checking. Because they can't check the seatbelts or run the license plates on every car in even as small a city as Clinton, so all they can do is be generally vigilant, and be seen patrolling the streets, to deter people from being stupid . . .
Of course, my officer explained (or at least speculated) that, since my insurance had been updated just a month or two ago, it simply hadn't made its way into the system yet. I didn't even have to ask. ;)

The only other time I've been pulled over was also in Clinton . . . but of course that time I really *was* speeding pretty good, and talking on my cellphone, and, as it happened, had left my purse behind and so didn't have a license . . . and still got off with just a warning! ;D So I really don't mind them pulling me over, so long as I continue to get off scott free, as it were . . . ;)