WARNING: There is a new stop sign at the T where 4150 South abuts 2175 West in Roy. And if you fail to see the new stop sign---even if you are going the speed limit and even if there is no apparent reason for a stop sign to be there and even if there has not been a stop sign there the last 100 times you have driven down that road—then the policeman parked in the field will pull you over and he will give you a ticket. Just sayin…..
Here’s the story:
Last Thursday I dropped Grace off at Roy High and Miles off at Sand Ridge Junior High. Being in the area and remembering that I had a couple soon-to-be-overdue books, I proceeded south on 2175 West, library-bound. On my way I noticed two things: 1) the school zone lights were flashing, indicating the speed limit between the two signs was 20 mph and 2) there was a policeman parked right beside the flashing school zone lights.
“I got this,” I said emphatically to myself. “I got this. I see the policeman, I see the school zone, and I will see that I give the officer no reason to pull me over.” Feeling rather proud of myself for my acute observation skills, I crawled through the school zone at 15 mph and did not speed up until my back bumper was well beyond the End of School Zone marker.
Much to my surprise the lights on the police car flipped on and the officer pulled out behind me. So confident was I that I expected him to pass right by me when I pulled over. I was again surprised when he pulled in behind me but my confidence never faltered. I knew I had done nothing wrong. “I got this.”
I rolled down my window (literally—my new truck has roll down windows, you know. Have I mentioned that I love my new truck? I LOVE my new truck!!!!) and handed him my driver’s license, still fully confident that I had not broken the law.
“Ma’am,” said he, “you did not even slow down for that stop sign.”
Stop sign???? Stop sign!?!?! Who put a stop sign there? No, I did not slow down for the stop sign. I did not even see the blasted thing. I certainly did not know there was a stop sign there.
But now you do!