Just wanted to let you know about a ticket that I avoided Saturday. My bro and I were riding through the mountains of San Diego county and ran into some heavy traffic nothing unexpected especially for Julian. We pass and passing safely is our game, but you can probably guess what happened next. When I passed on a double-yellow line road, a county sheriff just made a turn going in the opposite direction! Damn damn damn, were my first thoughts (actually more like _uck, _uck, _uck). Anyways, I thought 1st: run! 2nd: hide and 3rd pull over. Well, my bro egg'd me on as if we could run, but I waived a "NO" sign to him. It only took about 2 minutes for the Ford Expedition to turn around and another 2 to catch up with us. First thing the cop said was, "First let me say, thank you for pulling over." "Not too many of you pull over especially with these young military guys." No offense to you jar heads
. Anyways, I said in my defense, "I did not cross the double yellow." The cop insisted I did, then my brother got in on the action, "The lady let me by. That's the only reason I passed. You didn't see the car in front of us move to the side?" I told the cop I shared the lane and that the car in front moved to the side to let me by (sharing lanes safely or lane splitting is legal in California: actually the cop and I agreed on this). He still maintained that I crossed the double yellow. Well, my bro and I actually talked with the cop long enough that he let me off. He actually admitted to saying, "we are dealing with a gray area." The gray area was far did I go over the yellow double, IF I did? Other key words I mentioned to him were: experienced rider, safe rider, & motorcycle club member. With my insurance, license, and registration in order, he said, "the only reason I am letting you go is because you didn't run. Be safe!" I guess this situation could have turned out worse or that this was a 50/50 chance situation, but remember don't panic when a cop catches you in the wrong! Although chances aren't good, be calm and collective and you might just ride away without a ticket. Had the guy been a state officer, I think things would have turned out a lot different.