Fighting forgetfulness

It was a normal and perfectly legal left turn. Still, the police officer had seen from a distance only part of the turn, and mistakenly concluded that my friend had broken a traffic law.

He tried to explain to the officer what had actually taken place, but it made no difference. His choice was either to pay a fine or take the matter to court. "Pay for what?" my friend silently objected. "I didn't do anything to deserve this." Although he knew it would come down to his word against the police officer's, and it would have been easier to pay the fine, my friend chose to fight the citation. He went to court a few weeks later, argued his case, and won.

July 14, 1997

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