Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: western Massachusetts
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I got pulled over in a state reservation by a state trooper (who was unmarked in a maintenance department pickup truck!) for going the wrong direction around a rotary (traffic circle). It had rained a few inches the day before and sand and rocks had run off the hillside across the road. I couldn't tell if the road was washed out under the sand and rocks, so instead of risking it and going the "right" way around (about a 300 degree arc) I came to a complete stop, saw no cars in the roadway, signaled my intent to go the wrong way (about a 60 degree arc) and went through slowly. A moment later the pickup, which was parked off the road on the far side of the rotary, was next to me and the cop was just about jumping out of his own skin gesturing for me to pull over, which I did. He came over and started to read me the riot act about going the wrong way through a rotary. When he came up for air I said yes, I went through the wrong way in order to avoid the run off on the rotary since there was no way to tell if the road was washed out underneath. It was purely a safety measure, and one that I'd do again given similar circumstances. He asked for my license and registration (Officer, I have to reach into this pocket, is that OK?) and he came back with a warning. Could have been worse...he could have had a heart attack pulling me over.
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