The other day I had to go to downtown Elyria. I don’t often go downtown, I usually drive around it on Route 57. As I was getting close to town my phone rang. I had the phone in my front pocket and I had to unbuckle my seatbelt to get it out. I looked at the number and didn’t recognize it so I hit the speakerphone button and the conversation went thusly:
Me: Do I sound like Alice?
Them: No, is Alice there?
Me: I’m sorry but you have the wrong number.
Them: Ok, tell Alice to call me.
Me: Will do.
I tossed the phone on the seat next to me and just as I was about to rebuckle my seatbelt lights and sirens went off. I looked in the mirror and it was Elyria’s finest. I pulled over and the cop told me that the speed changed from thirty-five to twenty-five so I was going nine miles over the speed limit.
He asked if I’d had any tickets lately and I said no. He went to his patrol car and a few minutes later told me he wasn’t going to give me a ticket for the speeding but instead one for not wearing my seat belt. I tried to talk my way out but to no avail. Oh well.
I drove to the courthouse to get it over with and was told it was $111.oo!! I was friendly so the guy at the counter told me that it was the lowest ticket they had. That just getting in an accident cost $219.00. I was surprised and annoyed.
Here comes a political rant. Stop reading now if you don’t want to read it.