Nancy Sadvar: Bogus ticketing
March 9, 2010
To the editor:
This past weekend, many adults in Craig came together to support our local Kiwanis chapter.
It was a night out, and many people made arrangements for a safe ride home. I was one of them. The Colorado State Patrol (and I'm sure other law enforcement) were out in full force, which is good.
Even my "designated driver" was pulled over. He is my 17-year-old son, and I have no problem with the stop; I certainly don't want people out drinking and driving, but he received a ticket.
This came after he was told he was "impeding traffic" by slowing before crossing through a blinking yellow traffic light and then ticketed for failing to have proof of insurance.
My son spent the better part of the evening and early morning hours driving around "adults" that should not drive. He took home family, friends and neighbors, and for his sober efforts, he received a bogus ticket.
I was told that an officer can check to see if, in fact, you have insurance regardless if you produce the actual card. He was driving our vehicle, not his own, and he had no idea where that insurance card was.
Of course, we have insurance, but now we will have to appear in court, with the "minor child," during school hours to prove it. I mean really? Perhaps the officer could have ticketed the registered owners (us) of the vehicle instead, as we didn't inform the driver of the insurance card location.
Or better yet, he could have just thanked my son for helping him save lives on a night like that one. A pat on the back would have gone a long way to build trust and appreciation for the State Patrol, and Trooper Bagley.
I think it is ridiculous that this is the thanks and the attitudes our kids get for doing right by the community. It makes me frustrated, especially for our teens to think even when you "do the right thing," it's unappreciated and unreciprocated.
Great job, Trooper Bagley, you pushed another child away who was trying to do the right thing.