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A political prisoner of Operation Don’t Do Your Dash
I’ve done a lot bad things.
I’ve said silly things to serious people. I swear a bit, and I bet on the Melbourne Cup but never win.
Like a country boy, I sometimes forget to wear my seat belt when I drive off. The kids remind me and save me from doom. I’m an example, but a bad one.
I’ve lost my temper with people, and I’ve kicked objects that will never feel pain.
I’ve tested the patience of red lights – and was flashed. I’ve driven too fast in slow places – and was flashed.
I lack perfection. I’m still being worked on by the great forces that shape the rocks, push the winds, and make the Myki cards beep.
I am… unfinished.
And this week, I got myself into some trouble again. I was the target of a police blitz.
While walking across Spencer Street – heading back to 3AW’s Media House after lunch – the little man in lights was glowing red. He didn’t want me to walk. But I did anyway.
I was on the phone and in a hurry. I was distracted by my own importance. I wrote my own traffic rules as I strutted across the road.
Halfway across, I saw a copper on the other side. He was far from undercover and he gave me a nice, long look.
I got that thump in the heart you can only get from being looked at by a policeman when you know you’ve done the wrong thing.
I got to the other side. He moved towards me.
In the movies, as the hero of the people, I would have made a run for it. There would have been a thrilling but hilarious chase up into the Southern Cross Station – through the crowds, the carriages and the coffee.
But I didn’t run. I surrendered.
With a sharp uniform, sunglasses and a gun – he seemed bigger than he was. Me – with my guilt, mumbling and fumbles to get my license out of my wallet – seemed smaller than I was.
He told me there would normally be a warning, but there was a blitz on and there’d be a $70 fine coming in the mail.
The senior constable never smiled. My attempts at wit and irony crashed into his flak jacket and landed on the ground. He asked me if I had a reason for crossing on the red light – I think I said “yes, but you would have heard them all before.”
Now I find out I was a political prisoner of Operation Don’t Do Your Dash – a two day, zero tolerance crackdown on walkers who don’t know the difference between red, green and flashing.
I did my dash. I deserved it. And now I go back to working on perfection.
"I've kicked objects that will never feel pain".One can almost take that quote to mean that next time he sinks the slipper he'll make sure pain is felt.jgl Melb Thursday 6 December, 2012 - 11:09 AM
Sorry to hear but you learned a valuable lesson. And I bet you ended up lossing more time then you would have saved crossing on the red!Phillip Molly Malone Thursday 6 December, 2012 - 10:06 AM