State highway patrol should focus on criminals

Published 9:51 am Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I am extremely upset. I was pulled over on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. on my way to Save-A-Lot to get Sunday dinner groceries.

I was followed into the lot by a state highway patrolman, who proceeded to say that he noticed I did not have a “front license plate on my mini van” and I was then cited for no seat belt (although, I do believe I had it on while actually driving and had taken it off by the time the officer was at my car door, knocking on my window).

I am the biggest seat belt advocate you would ever meet.

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I am, of course, upset over being cited but equally upset that the state highway patrol has no better place to monitor than North Second Street (by Save-A-Lot) on a Sunday afternoon.

Hello, I have had to call the police numerous times for drug activity on my own street, I see people driving 90 on the highway with kids all over the front seat of a car … and I am a mom who is going to the grocery store, after church and I get pulled over.

I think that this is really a joke.

How about the state highway patrol go after real criminals? Guess that they needed to meet their quota this week.

Thank you Mr. Patrolman.

Tara Davidson