At dusk on May 27, my wife, son and I were heading back from a Memorial Day barbecue when she was pulled over while traveling though a roundabout en route to Highway 240. The officer claimed that I was not wearing a seat belt.
I always wear a seat belt and was wearing one on this occasion. Amid my unnecessarily vehement protests, I still was issued a large citation. On the drive home, once I allowed my indignation to pass, I realized that I was unnecessarily angry with the officer. He likely made a simple error while serving his community.
In the back of my mind, however, I can't ignore the fact that I was in a large SUV with a huge windshield and passed a mere 15 feet from the officer while travelling the roundabout.
If a mistake was made, it was an easily avoidable one. Click it or Ticket? Are police seeing what is really there or are they looking for infractions of the state code du jour?
I don't know the truth, but I know that I was wearing my restraint. If you get a ticket while wearing yours, make sure it is contested.
WILLIAM THURSTON, Richland