Notwithstanding the reality that this guy was likely receiving the ticket no matter what, this stop is a good lesson to file under “things not to do during a traffic stop.”
As the trooper is speaking to the driver, the driver volunteers [bad idea #1] that he typically hangs out in the left lane for the section of highway they had just been on. The trooper’s immediate response – without hesitation – is to educate the trucker about the law: it’s a violation to drive in the leftmost lane, which is reserved for passing.
Rather than take the opportunity to show the trooper that his education attempt was successful, assuring the trooper that it would never happen again (regardless of his actual intentions), the driver instead tries to justify his driving in the left lane. When the trooper reminds him that it’s still illegal, the driver’s voice conveys his frustration over this cop Just. Not. Getting. It.
Come on, dude. Drive in the left lane if you really need to, but don’t try to justify violating a law to a cop who just pulled you over for violating that very law. And definitely don’t tell that cop that you don’t plan on changing your driving habits.
Picking your battles wisely is an important life skill. $1,067 is a steep price to learn that lesson. If it was even learned.
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