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Old 04-06-2013, 07:46 PM   #1
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Encounter with a WA state patrol officer

Well, it’s Saturday, after all, and I’ve been travelling all week, and while it’s raining a bit, it was damned time for a motorcycle ride. After a spirited couple of hours on the back roads, I found myself well north of home and needing to get back, so I hopped on I-5 and headed south briskly. Just south of Everett I was in the HOV lane and saw something on the left shoulder that I thought could possibly be…well, not sure… ah shit, yeah, it’s a cop. Motorcycle cop standing there with the hand held radar. I grabbed a fist full of brake but too late. He turned on his flashers. Busted. Well, after all this time, it was inevitable. I pulled off the road right behind him.

"Seventy seven” he yelled at me, but I said “Hang on, I have my earphones in”, and removed my gloves, helmet, and extracted the earphones from my earbones. He repeated “seventy seven”. I assume the speed limit on this stretch was 60. “Yeah, I was going pretty fast,” I said.

So the cop looks me over and says “Ok, you’re wearing leathers, a white helmet, you’re obviously a seasoned rider, and you were honest. I’m gonna give you a huge break. Lemme see your license.” Which he takes, types into his computer, verifies that I’m not wanted, and comes back. “Where are you coming from?” “I’m not coming from anywhere,” I said, “I’m just riding. I was up in Mt. Vernon.”

Well, to make a long story short, pretty soon he comments on my Michelin Road Pilot 3s, saying “Those are about the best rain tires you can find” and we’re shooting the shit about what kind of bike he rides when he’s not on duty (Honda Interceptor), how tragic it is that Buell isn’t making bikes anymore, and he’s giving me shit for riding with a heated vest in April.

I have a bumper sticker on my case for Tripplehorn beer and he tells me “I only drink Manny’s” and then we’re arguing about beer and next I’m telling him I don’t care if he IS a cop, even ONE beer is too many if you’re on two wheels.

And that was it. Could have been worse.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:54 PM   #2
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:03 PM   #3
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I have always been impressed by the WSP in my interactions with them. One guy was "just okay," but he was young and probably a little too green to know how to roll with a contact. All the others? Primo, professional interactions.

County and city? The quality of their interactions with the public (me) vary greatly. Thankfully I've never met a Officer Daniel Harless level douche nozzle, but I don't think I act in a way that'd create that reaction either. Still, I'd 10x prefer to be lit up by a stater given the consistency in the professionalism.

(BTW, why didn't you post this in the PNW regional forum?)
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:07 PM   #4
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Props to you and the LEO. Glad this didn't turn into another, "Cop was a dick because I was an asshole" thread. Been given breaks by fellow riders in the past...will never forget them.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:49 PM   #5
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As a black man, I'm astonished at this exchange.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:10 PM   #6
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As a black man, I'm astonished at this exchange.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:15 PM   #7
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As a white man that's known quite a few visible minorities, I wish I was surprised by your comment. I've also known quite a number of cops and it's never them that have different standards based on skin color. So it's a mystery who these bad apple cops that do exist are. Likely, they can turn it "on" and "off" because they know what the correct answer is when quizzed.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:24 PM   #8
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“Those are about the best rain tires you can find”


Very. Cool. Cop.

Great story.

Am happy to hear the PR3 endorsement, as that's what I roll on.

A question: Isn't it illegal to wear headphones on a bike in WA, or the US in general?
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:26 PM   #9
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bothell's motorcycle cops are great. got pulled over by one on bothell-everett highway and after the "you know how fast you were going exchange" it was clear he just wanted to shoot the shit and talk bike shop

now when i got busted on the sportcity scoot in front of bothell junior high doing 55ish in a 25, well, the cop was a LITTLE more strident...
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:28 PM   #10
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You got your one free "get out of jail" card, time to slow down.

I received mine back in January on the way home from work. I was taking the beach route home as usual and the limit there is 45mph, I was going around 55. It's after midnight and it's foggy out, middle of the week so generally the road home is empty. I get nabbed and he asked why I was speeding, I told him I was anxious to get home from a long shift at the office (IT work at a local casino). He notices my winter gear and the Givi bags so I'm guessing he's thinking I'm not a squid riding around after midnight, in the winter with foggy conditions. He says to bring it down to the speed limit and watch for drunks leaving the casinos. A hearty thanks from me and I didn't need to break out my documents, etc. Local cops get a bad rap here in Gulfport and I thought I just bought myself a nice hefty ticket.

That was my "get out of jail" card for the year. I've been trying to keep it down but sometimes I can't help it, the Blackbird is egging me on to kick it up a notch.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:41 PM   #11
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Here in New Jersey, you would have got a speeding ticket, a ticket for ear phones, and he would add reckless driving just for fun.
Most cars have camera's in them and if they pull someone over and NOT write tickets, they get a talking to when the video's are reviewed.
In some towns they are not allowed to write just one ticket.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:49 PM   #12
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As a white man that's known quite a few visible minorities, I wish I was surprised by your comment. I've also known quite a number of cops and it's never them that have different standards based on skin color. So it's a mystery who these bad apple cops that do exist are. Likely, they can turn it "on" and "off" because they know what the correct answer is when quizzed.
My comment was primarily tongue-in-cheek, but in my life experience, people who have "hang-ups" are usually aware of them and "prudent" when it comes to displaying them. I actually prefer the neanderthals that wear such opinions on their sleeves; they're much easier to spot and dismiss.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:00 AM   #13
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Just goes to show that cops are human just like the rest of us. Get a good cop on a good day and your golden. Get a bad cop on a bad day and no matter what, your screwed. I have been an agressive rider/driver for 40 years. I don't mean that in a road rage sense, I'm quite courteous in traffic, but when the coast is clear and conditions seem right, I have no reservations about hauling serious ass. With that mindset you can imagine I've had my brushes with the law. The big picture for me, when I consider all the encounters I've had with traffic cops on the side of the road is that overall, they've been great. I've only had one cop throw the book at me. He was fuming pissed off. I was about 18 at the time and he caught me doing some big speed. He started with a reckless driving citation and worked his way down from there. But, that stop has not been the norm for me. Never got pulled over without reason and a vast majority of the time was given a break of some sort.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:16 AM   #14
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Good story OP.

It's funny, to me, to listen to stories about cops perpetrating all sorts of supposed crimes upon people while performing their jobs. I learned a long time ago (I got my first license in Gulfport, MS, Contevita) that they have a job to do and they are human. If you aren't doing anything more than speeding, there is a fair chance that you won't get a ticket if you don't act like an ass.

On the other hand, I think speeding tickets are chickenshit and speed limits shouldn't apply to me.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:44 AM   #15
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It's good to see that there is LEO's out there that have a personality. I've had more than a few run ins with Johny Law where they have been super douche's right from the start, almost like I personally pissed in there wheaties that morning. In all these instances the LEO was either a local town police, or a county sherriff. I've had the exact opposite type of experiences with our State Police here in New York. I even had a state trooper stop at my house after he drove by and saw that my garage door was open and didn't see anybody around. He just wanted to make sure somebody hadn't broke in. I actually had a nice shit shootin' session with him about hunting and target shooting. I'm not sure how come i've experienced differences between the law enforcement agencies. Maybe it's just me.
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