Vigilante or Snitch?
It’s 1245 on Saturday afternoon. My fiancee and I are driving on I-405 in suburban Seattle, on our way home after my physical therapy, conversing like usual. Then…
A police office rolls by in the carpool lane. What’s a guy to do?
Aren’t we a “Nation of Laws?”
I’m as law-abiding as the next citizen. My fiancee fights the slog every morning driving to work from our condo. Unfortunately, several times per week a police car with one office in it whizzes by in the HOV lanes on I-5, I-405, SR-520, you name it.
It really irks us. No lights. No siren. No emergency. Just a police officer cruising along, breaking the law. What makes him above the law? In my opinion, nothing.
A Mission for Justice
We had to do something. After all, anything is possible now (you didn’t see the pigs flying over the White House with the Black First Lady?). We hit the gas, [safely, yet judiciously] weaving through traffic in search of the license plate of the offending cop car so we could report them via the HOV Violator Hotline: (206) 764-HERO.
Am I Wrong?
Should I still get stitches for snitching on a law-breaking cop? I respect the lane, why shouldn’t he? I’d love to drive past people every morning, pointing and laughing as they sit morning rush hour traffic, but I don’t. I suck it up like everyone else that has moral gumption.
Again, if it’s an emergency, no problem. However I’ve yet to encounter an emergency vehicle in the HOV lane with their lights & siren on. Look at the picture again. Does it make a “police exemption?” I don’t think so.
What would you do?
One Love. One II.
P.S. None of this would be an issue if we had Mass Transit in Seattle…