Two days ago I drove my motorcycle to the dealer to get my side cases put on. When I arrived there were two guys there helping one of the ladies get her Busa on a trailer.
When I pulled up, everyone came over to look at my bike. it has the Blinder M25 Extreme's mounted on it and an 8500 X50.
My bike caused so much commotion that the Stater came over to take a look. He was out of uniform but seemed VERY interested in what I had.
He asked me why I would go to such an extent to put jammers on my bike because after all, "if I would just drive the speed limit I'd have nothing to worry about and more money in the bank".
Figuring he was an LEO, I asked him at what point he would issue a ticket? He said he would do so only if he saw someone driving unsafe. This almost made me sick but I did my best to maintain my decorum.
I told him that while he sounds most honorable, where I live, going 3 miles an hour over the limit is reason enough to be pulled over and ticketed. In fact, earlier that day, there was 4 Staters on I-5, one with laser and 3 others writing tickets as fast as they could.
I asked him if they were ONLY pulling over people who were drunk or seriously endangering others. He kind of hung his head.
At that point I took the opportunity to explain to him the consequences of a driver letting their attention lapse while going down a hill, speeding a whopping 5 MPH over the limit and becoming fodder for the revenue generating activities of our State.
It was an interesting conversation. It pointed out to me a few things.
1. There are some good LEO's out there. Guys who are doing their best to keep things safe and who take their obligation seriously... this officer seemed like such a person.
2. Also it seems like there was quite a disconnect between their understanding of the pain they are causing their fellow citizens by buying into the revenue generating dictum's of the State and their ticket writing actions.
3. Measures and Counter Measures. As long as they engage in electronic warfare against drivers, thank God we can employ our counter measures. :-)
I came away from this experience somewhat enlightened. I think he was all the more bewildered why anyone would go to "such measures" to try not to get tickets if they did not intend to drive unsafely. I explained it to him but I don't think he wanted to get it.
Anyone else have any thoughts about this?