Before I get started, I just want to say that I am not anti-police. I was brought up to respect police and I believe they are public servants here to protect us and keep our community safe. My friend, Bobby, recently became a police officer and you’d be hard pressed to find a more honest, dedicated, hard-working individual anywhere.
However, police officers are people and they are all different which leads me to my story. I live on a corner of a street that runs parallel to Route 30, which is the road I take to get to I295 on my way to work. Instead of taking Route 30, I take the back road because it has less traffic and no traffic lights. The only downside is that the speed limit is 25 mph.
This morning I am chugging along at approximately 30 mph when you come flying up behind me in a big, white SUV me and start riding my butt. There’s no one behind you and no on in front of me. It’s a pretty straight road and most of it allows passing but you continue to just ride my butt. I hate that and am starting to get aggravated at you, but I don’t want to speed up because we are about to pass a grade school and I am not sure that you are aware that it is there because it is partially hidden by an overpass.
After I pass the school I come to a stop sign and take a good look in my rear view mirror. It turns out you are driving a NJ State Police SUV. I cross through the intersection but you are delayed before you cross; however, that does not stop you from zooming up again to ride my butt. Now I am starting to feel a little panicky. Am I going too fast? Should I slow down? Maybe I’m going to slow and you want me to speed up. Is there something wrong with my vehicle? Have I inadvertently done something wrong?
I finally get to I 295 which is three lanes. As I merge you zoom up to pass me. I look to my left and I see you as you pass. You are looking forward as if you were not interested in me at all AND you looked as if you were barely 20 years old. Obviously you weren’t interested in me and just wanted to get to 295 faster than I was going.
If you had seen anyone else driving like that, I would expect that you would give them a ticket. Why then do you think it is appropriate for you to drive in such a dangerous manner? Is it because you are a policeman? If you needed to pass me, you could have simply passed me or flashed your lights and I would have pulled over to the right to let you pass. Do you realize how intimidating it is to have a police officer behind you, let alone one that is riding your butt through a school zone?
I know you put your life on the line for me and everyone else every single day and I respect that. But please don’t use your badge and your big SUV to intimidate me unnecessarily. If I am going too fast, pull me over and give me a ticket. If you need to pass me, then let me know and I’ll let you pass. Please remember that when I am driving, my focus is supposed to be on the road AND NOT the big, white NJ State Police SUV that is riding my butt. If you promise not to ride my butt, I promise to be a good driver. Thanks.