Although I’ve now lived in New York for 5 years, I have only had an official New York State license for just over a year. Part of switching government identification means that I got to switch the plates on my car from Michigan to NY too. What I learned then was that the State of NY has different regulations for what can be considered a safe driver. Two requirements in order to drive are the bi-annual registration and the annual inspection. Of course each of these cost money.
I didn’t realize until this past Wednesday how serious NYS took their inspections. I’m not entirely sure what they inspect for, wipers, brakes, tires, are on the list though. At least the people down at the DMV are clever enough to color code the inspection certificates so anyone not up to date will look out of place. This is how I was targeted by Cornell Police and pulled over. I’m pretty sure its a fix-it-ticket, but as I was sitting there waiting for the officer to fill out the proper paperwork it got me to thinking:
1. People that drive by a car pulled over are compelled to stare at the driver and scene. I’m not immune to this. It makes you feel horrible when you are sitting there knowing you have been pulled over on a technicality, and it sparks your curiosity as you drive by trying to figure out why some poor schmuck is waiting on Johnny to finish whatever it is he’s doing.
2. Has everyone experienced both sides of this coin? This led me to create a new poll.
I would especially like it if anyone wanted to share their most interesting stories about being pulled over. I know some of you have clean driving records, and others have been close to having your license suspended. As for me? 10.