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Bird Dogged AgainPosted Thursday, June 11, 2009, at 8:09 AM
As you can tell by the time on this posting I an somewhat of a night owl. Most of my friends know this so it's not uncommon to receive a late night call. Tonight I received another call from some friends who partied until closing time and were smart enough to call me to get a ride home.
To date I have been pulled over by the Marshall Police Department three times and by the Highway Patrol once because they saw me drive off the parking lot of a bar. Each time I asked why I was pulled over and each time the officer told me that I had swerved over the yellow center line.
I have been driving for over 44 years. I've driven over a million miles in my eighteen wheeler and probably the same number of mile in my private vehicle.
I expect to be stopped by a police officer if I commit a traffic violation but I resent being stopped and being told that I was driving in a dangerous manner when I wasn't.
Probable cause is the legal term that authorizes a law enforcement officer the right to stop a vehicle for a traffic stop. To me it reflects badly on the City of Marshall and the Marshall Police Department to have officers make up a reason to violate a persons civil rights. I wonder how many times a person has been given a citation for driving under the influence and the officer testifies untruthfully, under oath, as to the reason they stopped the car.
Some people might be a little peeved by my remarks but then we have the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press. Now my driving skills may just have gotten worse.
I'm John Q
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Larry Maxwell is a retired businessman who often writes about topics related to faith and religion.