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Friday, September 2, 2011

Apparently NM Officers Like Sunsets

Last spring I traveled between Albuquerque and Alamogordo, NM, and the sunset took my breath away.  I stopped along the side of the road to take pictures.  When I continued my journey, I remained far more aware of the sunset than my speed.  Enter a state trooper on the opposite side of the road.

I watched in terror as the “Serve, Protect, and Defend” guy slowly pulled out, made a U-turn, and started following me.  States generally love foreigners (Texans) who break the law.  (Don’t ask me how I know this!)  He followed me for what seemed like an eternity until we emerged from the construction zone (even worse!).  Then he turned his lights on.  It was dusk.

 I sat with my window rolled down, interior light on, and my hands visible on the top of the steering wheel (something all officers appreciate, but again, don’t ask me how I know this).  After a slow exit from his vehicle and an even slower death march to my window, the following conversation occurred.

Me:  I sure was hoping you’d ignore me.

Officer:  Oh, why’s that?

Me:  Because I was speeding.  (I know, this is an unusual approach!)

Officer:  May I see your license? (I handed it over.)  Mr. Riggs, is there a reason why you were speeding?

Me:  No, Sir.  I even pulled over on the side of the road to take pictures of the sunset.  I’m really not in a hurry at all.  Did you see it?

Officer:  Oh yes.  We had some really pretty sunsets here a week ago.

Me:  Yeah, well, I was actually texting pictures of this sunset to my family.  That’s why I wasn’t paying attention to my speed.  (What was I thinking???)

Officer:  Mr. Riggs, did you know that traffic fines have increased around here?

Me:  Are you trying to cheer me up?

Officer:  I tell you what we’re going to do.  Are you going to speed all the way back to Texas?

Me:  No sir.  I’m only going to Alamogordo tonight.

Officer:  (I wish I could describe the look on his face!)

Me:  (In response to "the look")  But I’m not going to speed there either!

Officer:  That’s what I was looking for!  (We both busted out with laughter as he handed my license back without a ticket!) 

The sunset now remains my second favorite memory of that lonely stretch of road!


  1. I'm laughing so hard at the police officer story, I have tears coming out of my eye... well that happens if I yarn too hard... anyway, It is too funny. Its nice to know that nature can save you some money and points on your driving record.

    1. The main thing missing from the story is a picture of "the look." That part was priceless! Glad it made you laugh!