Either my luck has run out, or I'm just not as cute as I used to be.
I'd say I've been pulled over, about 10 times.
Plenty of check points, a few breathalyzers, numerous "expired inspection" situations, and the occasional issue of speeding.
I got out of a 55 in a 40 and no inspection with a "warning."
I got out of that same no inspection 3 more times with more warnings before finally getting a ticket.
I got out of ANOTHER no inspection by smiling and saying "I can't afford to fix the windshield."
And then something changed.
Maybe it was the 8 lb weight gain, maybe it was hitting my "mid-20s" instead of my early ones, or maybe I'm just not as friendly as I used to be.
Because the last two encounters I've had with police ended with a lot less flirting and a lot more tickets.
2 to be exact.
Worth a whopping 10 points on my as-of-today pristine driving record.
And while I think I've handled all the situations in the same way, with poise and respect, the outcome seems highly unpredictable.
And so I'm just not sure of my defense for tomorrow's court date...
And perhaps more importantly... what I should wear.