Last week (i think it was Thursday) i was pulling out of my apartment complex's street onto the main road, and a cop who i just cut off gave pulled me over. The important part to realize is that he looked indignant and made the appropriate body shakes for such a feeling, oh, and this was a few minutes before sunrise.
The gist of the conversation was:
PO: "What the hell kind of turn was that?" (ST IV fan?)
Me: "I skipped a stop-sign."
PO: "I had to stop not to hit you."
Me: "I didn't see you."
PO: "How could you not see me, i was right there."
Me: "You didn't have you're lights on."
PO: (points at flashing lights in a "what?" fashion)
Me: "You didn't have you're lights on before, and i didn't see you."
PO: "Maybe if you would have stopped you would have seen me."
He then returned to his dark-blue State-Police car, wasted the obligatory few minutes, emerged and (still idignant) handed me a ticket.
I don't really care about the stop-sign. It is a T-section, and needs to be treated like a yeild anyway. I never stop at it unless i need to (and was pulled over some time back over it, maybe a couple years ago, but he let me off) and i simply yeild to traffic. It was this cop who was driving dangerously, without his headlights on. Did he really think i saw him and came out to tick him off?
The ticket is probably about $150, which in itself isn't that bad (I'd easily pay that at the beginning of each year to have a free-speeding capture). It's that it'll be two points which will most likely bring my state-mandated car-insurance policy's premium up by $100 every six-months for three years. Bringing the total cost to $750. And all because (in my mind) this _idiot_ didn't turn his headlights on.
All in all, i guess what bothers me is why he gave me the ticket. Which i think was because he felt that i did not fear him like the state-patroller he is, and he was indignant during the entire process. And, he probably didn't realize he was driving pre-sunrise without his headlights on.
I'm not for those laws about having headlights on all day (especially because the new standard for headlight diffusion nearly blinds me) but at dusk and dawn, people still need it on.