One would think that the Manatee County Sheriff's Office would have more productive things to do rather than hiding in the bushes with speed guns. On Oct. 28, I was wrongfully pulled over by a sheriff's deputy recklessly jumping out into the street with his speed gun flashing.
I immediately pulled over, wondering what I possibly could have done, to a deputy with an attitude, saying, "Caught you doing 37 in a school zone."
Let me start by saying that I am always very careful while driving, especially in school zones, mindful that as an unpaid intern, I cannot afford a ticket. I tried explaining to the deputy that I had not begun accelerating to the designated 40 mph until after I was past the "End School Zone" sign, only to receive a smirk and a rude-toned, "Ma'am, no."
I was then issued a $406 ticket and told to "drive safe."
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This was enraging to me and I would love to fight it, but how could I, a simple law-abiding citizen, possibly defeat the almighty sheriff's deputy? As the officer was citing me, I watched as dozens of other cars flew through and out of the school zone without receiving so much as a raised eyebrow from the deputy because he was too busy filling out a ticket that wasn't even justifiable.
I frequently encounter drivers blatantly speeding or in vehicles without license plates, brake lights, etc. However, these infractions appear to continuously fly under the radar of law enforcement.
But there I was, getting an attitude and a $406 piece of paper, for technically going under the speed limit where the deputy pulled me over! I hope you met your quota this month, Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Ashley N. White