Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Pete asks: I like your website but you are way off base on the guy driving in the car pool lane (story here) or the HOV lane as we call it here. I live here in PHX and we have dedicated HOV lanes for a reason…it helps the flow of traffic. When individuals choose to disobey the hours they are allowed to drive in them without another occupant they deserve the very expensive ticket. The drivers are basically flipping the rest of us off as they pass those who follow the rules. Of course if the offender chooses to take on that risk of a ticket them so be it but I have no problem when a rule that helps the flow of traffic is broken. I’d like to see the cops issue more tickets for this offense to send a message to those drivers who are better than us and choose not to follow the rules.
My reply: The issue isn’t the traffic infraction; it’s the way it was handled by the armed government worker. Note that the original article was titled “AGW Escalation.” Not: “Unjust HOV Ticket.”
The AGW behaved like a bully, belittling the man and then – when the man he’d just demeaned (and mulcted) expressed contempt by spitting at the AGW’s car – the AGW responded with a brutal and potentially lethal attack. He drew a gun on the guy – over spitting.
I have a concealed handgun permit. If I drew a gun on someone who spat at me, I’d be in for a felony. If I charged the guy who spat at me with a loaded gun, I’d be in for several.
Can you tell me why it’s ok for an AGW to commit what would be several felonies for anyone else and suffer no consequences?
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