Often times when there are several deer out at night, grazing, hanging out, just shooting the breeze, you'll see an oncoming motorist flash or blink their lights at you, so you know there's a roving band of
The blinking of the lights is pretty common practice up around these parts. In Upstate New York, it's even more common.
So imagine my surprise when a neighbor stopped me recently to tell me her "I got pulled over by a cop" story. Note to Reader: If you are in any way related to a cop and a neighbor knows this information, said neighbor will almost always corner you and then proceed to tell you their brand of Cop Stories. Humor them. You're the closest thing they're going to get to a real, live, Law Enforcement Officer. Or a gun, for that matter. But I digress.
Apparently said neighbor/recluse/person who thinks they're funny was pulled over the other night because they were trying to warn an oncoming motorist about a Band of Deer up ahead. The Officer wrote her a ticket for "dazzling lights," which apparently means that she was trying to flash an oncoming motorist because of a speed trap up ahead. The Neighbor told the Cop she was flashing because of deer; the cop did not believe her and gave her a ticket because he was thwarted and pissed.
She wanted to know what she should do. I asked her if it really was for the deer. She said yes, but just as she was saying it, a micro-expression crossed her face and I knew she was lying. I reminded myself that she's one of those people who is not overly fond of Cops, and I laughed to myself.
Not because she was trying to ask me my advice to get out of a ticket for "dazzling lights." I laughed because I thought about what my husband would give to be able to write such an innocuous ticket. To be able to deal with actual wildlife instead of Wild Life would be a nice change of pace for Roc; but I shared none of this with her, as she was not interested, and I could not waste any more time.
I told her to fight the ticket.
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