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this has to be some kind of sign
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Historically, my vacations tend to end up being adventurous--again, see my DC Summer Flight Trauma--but I can honestly state that this? Is a whole new level of new.

Halfway between Kingsville and Raymondville, [personal profile] amireal and I were stopped for not changing lanes within one hundred feet of signaling we were going to do so.

To give an idea of how very much I wasn't paying attention, it wasn't until we pulled over and I asked Ami what the hell was happening that I realized we were even being followed by a task force police SUV and was still in a state of wtf--

("What did you do?" "I didn't do anything!" "Are you sure?" Ami stares at me hatefully until the officer comes to my window and smiles winningly while I try to remember how windows work. As one does.)

Ami handed over her driver's license and insurance and then looked for the rental agreement while trying to look non-threatening (I mean, I'm not sure how we could have looked less threatening than blank expressions while listening to the Buffy "Once More With Feeling" soundtrack, which we may or may not have been singing along with). He wandered away with her paperwork, then to my utter horror asked her to get out of the car after stepping into the lane to divert traffic and I watched in the rearview mirror as she got into the police car and closed the door. While clutching three bags on my lap in a non-threatening manner. As one does when one is freaked the fuck out.

Eventually--I mean, this was like ten minutes--the officer came back and asked me for Ami's real name--it was close thing not saying Amireal, let me tell you--and what we were doing and where we had come from and our vacation plans and a short quiz on my home city while I continued to clutch every bag Ami had gone through looking for the rental agreement--before wandering back to his car where Ami was waiting, and another few minutes passed before I got out--non-threateningly--and asked if I could smoke so I could more easily stare at them in case he took off with Ami and left me in the middle of nowhere to die alone since right, my phone was stolen in San Antonio and Jesus Christ, this is not my life. Eventually, Ami returned to the car and I got back in as quickly as humanly possible, and as we drove away, Ami told me about the 100 feet violation--seriously? That's a thing?--and then asked me if I was questioned on our plans.

Ami was questioned on our plans, our most recent location, and whether or not she had cocaine, marijuana, or around twelve thousand dollars cash in the car somewhere to buy them. At which time, I realized next time I played "Never Have I" at VVC, I could take a shot for "Have you ever been pulled over in South Texas on suspicion of having cocaine or large amounts of money to buy it?"

Currently on my pool-facing balcony in South Padre contemplating whether or not Ami or I should risk going out of the condo at any point this week.

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never have i ever with you is already awesome, but wow, girl. wow.

also that is literally the most bullshit thing i've ever heard of getting pulled over for

I kind of get it. Combine Florida license plate plus two adults and no kids then rental car on the way to South Texas in January in the middle of the week--the drug problem on the border is actually getting worse and they are doing random stops anyway, so honestly, I see why we'd come up. And I'll be honest, the officer was extremely polite and was noticeably careful to be professional and non-threatening and not make us feel any more freaked out than anyone would be at a stop. There was no sense of a power play or wanting to scare us.

I'm mostly annoyed with myself for not remembering it was a possibility and warning Ami; my lead is from the valley, her entire family has lived there forever, and her brother works border security, and she checked with him before warning us specifically about crossing the border right now (well, that and because my Spanish is still kind of hilarious and while she tries to correct me, she has to stop laughing first, so). I just didn't put it together.

Ami told me about the 100 feet violation--seriously? That's a thing?

Oh, it's a thing. I still remember my Driver's Ed class (which was full of future lawyers) incredulously offering scenario after scenario in which it was a) impossible to fulfill or b) impossible to prove happened.

I've never heard of anyone getting in trouble for it unless it was a) in Driver's Ed, b) the cause of an accident, or c) being used as an excuse by cops who suspected of something much worse, like, say, drug possession.

Yeah that's about what I figured? At the speed limit we had, 100 feet is pretty damn fast too, my limited math skillz tell me it's something like 1.2 seconds going only at 60 miles an hour. He says I moved as I signaled, I say he just needed a reason to pull us over.

He'd been following us for long enough that I think he'd given up hope of me doing something more obvious, like just not signaling at all, which is more and more popular these days? I have cop car sixth sense, so I noticed when he appeared in my periferal vision and thus noticed when he positioned himself behind me. He was pretty subtle, he didn't ping my 'something is weird' meter till well into it all.

What the hell? That sounds harassing to me.

It really, really wasn't. Honestly, everyone is assuming bad faith on the part of the cop that really wasn't there. I promise you we walked away feeling more amused than anything else.

This might explain it a little: explaination above.

And I should have said that the guy who stopped us was very polite and honestly did make an effort not to scare us or be at all threatening. Ami talked to him longer than I did and said he was very polite with her.


I'm so sorry this happened..that officer was a total douche.

That sounds very disturbing, and I'm glad it ended as well as it did!

Oh maaaaan. I can see that would be COMPLETELY ALARMING and also BAFFLING and then eventually just RIDICULOUS.

I will make a mental note to drive carefully and be extremely harmless if ever in South Texas.

Is it that you're supposed to signal for at least 100 feet or no more than 100 feet before changing lanes?

I'm office magr for a family owned and named company where the last name happens to be Snow. We had to send one of our employees to MS driving a company truck and he got stopped in TN. The truck literally was taken apart, seats removed, everything in back removed, etc. They called me at 11:30 at night questioning me on who had the truck, what his purpose was for traveling through TN and exact itinerary coming and going. The reason for this - The side of the truck had the company name on it and the state cops felt this was code for a cocaine shipment.

Edited at 2013-01-19 12:58 am (UTC)

How terrible! Were you close to that South Texas place that pulls over all the celebrity tour buses? I'm not sure of the name, but they are famous for pulling over people like Willie Nelson--it's like the town's whole reason for existing, to pull people over and arrest them for drug possession. It's someplace on I 10, I think.

I certainly wouldn't be so cool about the whole cop pulling you over thing. Whether he was polite or not, it still sounds like harassment to me. Glad you could see the humor in it.

Subject to South Texas Quirks, via Long term settlement...

Speaking as a resident of South Texas we're not all horrible. I'm a born and raised occupant of Corpus Christi.

Hope your trip here was otherwise pleasant! I

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