How Did a ‘Road Rage’ Event Leave a NH Woman Grateful for Getting Stopped by the Police?
Sometimes, I can be really dumb.
Yesterday morning, I was driving into work when all of sudden, I noticed a car EATING UP MY BACK BUMPER! OMG, the person driving was as close as I've ever seen anyone come up behind me. Luckily for me, or so I thought, the driver decided to pass me and get directly in front of me.
That's when things went wrong on my part.
Instead of just letting the driver go on his/her merry way and tailgate another driver, I decided to get up all in this other driver's grille. Not a smart move, Sully. Not smart at all. The driver noticed that I was "all up in that" and decided to what they call in the biz, "BREAK CHECK" me. So, I slammed on my brakes and my purse went FLYING off my seat onto the floor of my passenger's side. Another lucky break on my part, there was no accident. For the people reading this right now and thinking to themselves, "this is not like Sarah at all." You are right. It's NOT like me, but the truth is, it happened.
That's not the end of the story.
Just when I was going to turn onto another street, a saw blue lights come on behind me. Well, shoot. Did the officer see exactly what was going on? I was going to find out.
The super nice officer asked me for my license and registration and said, "You were following that car pretty close." I explained to the officer that I reacted to that driver EATING UP MY BACK BUMPER as previously written. He said he figured it was some sort of road rage incident. ROAD RAGE?! Me. Road rage. Okay, I totally deserved it. He said he'd be right back and went back into his cruiser.
YET AGAIN, I got so lucky. The officer told me what I should have done in the first place is just to leave the driver alone. He did not issue a ticket. THANK YOU! I never should have tailgated in the first place because... "two wrongs don't make a right." I could have flipped him the bird probably without incident and maybe that would have made me feel okay, but NOOOOO, I had to get up all in that. That is SO UNLIKE ME!
Anyway, the moral of the story is - I'm very grateful for being so lucky in this circumstance.
- The driver passed me
- There was no accident after the "break check."
- There was no ticket given
I came into work not recognizing how many things I should have been grateful for. Sometimes all it takes is just a little self-reflection.
To the driver of the car, maybe they just got some very bad news in their life and they weren't handling it very well or maybe they had to be at the hospital very quickly to see someone or the list goes on and on. Where's my empathy?!
I'll do better next time. As Maya Angelou once said, "When you know better, you do better."
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