I got my drivers license the day I turned 16 and got a car soon after, a 1980 Chevy Monza 4 on the floor, with a dent in the rear quarter panel. I made many trips up and down Mississippi Blvd picking up and dropping off my buddy Pat Roddek.
Mississippi Blvd in Coon Rapids has a 30 mile per hour speed limit and one day a cop pulled me over for going 53 miles per hour – 23 MILES PER HOUR OVER THE SPEED LIMIT. Just to put that in perspective, 30 miles per hour over the speed limit is automatically reckless driving, which can result in loss of license and in some cases jail time. After a stern warning, the cop let me go – no ticket.
You would think I would have learned my lesson.
But less than a week later, on the exact same road, in almost the exact same location I was pulled over going 57 miles per hour. Not only did the cop give me