Familiarity breeds… traffic violations?

I just got pulled over… in my parking lot!

Apparently I took a turn too fast and failed to signal my turn into the parking lot of my apartment building. He stopped me just as I was opening the door to the underground parking garage.

It’s the same turn I take too fast every night and fail to signal because it’s familiar- I know how fast I can take the turn and the frontage road in front of the apartment building is usually empty… but tonight I did it in front of a cop!

The cop thought I was drunk (bloodshot eyes due to a cold and too little sleep) and coming home from the bar (I was at a church leadership meeting).

My license still has my old address (but I was telling him I lived at the building we were at).

To top it off, my insurance card expired last month (the new one was in a pile of unopened mail) so I was driving without valid insurance.

Despite all that, he cut me a break. Thank God. The last thing I need right now is a traffic ticket.