So I got stopped by the police last Tuesday. Second day of driving, after a month of being on house arrest, and I already had my encounter with the police. Of course, I got away, because I am awesome like that (sorry), but I still feel bad for having been caught because you have no idea how careful I am.
I cannot drive my car yet, since it's manual transmission, so I drive sister's car instead. It's coded during Tuesdays, so I left a little later for work. Got to work fine. Worked on my patients. Got tired and could not wait for 6pm to arrive --- so I could leave and go home to be able to rest properly for the day. I left the clinic at 6pm. It went well. I was driving really slowly --- average of 30kph (no exaggeration --- because despite the permission to drive, I am not 100% well yet), and then a Pasig policeman orders me to stop.
Apparently "number coding" is until 7pm. (What the---?)
I know this will really sound so stupid, since I have been driving for years. But honestly, I have been spared so long from the "number coding" (having been a military brat) so I still confuse a lot of the rules. When I was in school, I had this exemption letter that I always kept in my car, signed by the PNP CHIEF. I do not risk it though (I, either do not bring my car or leave really late), because I honestly don't like running into the police and having a dialogue with them. However, I was really exhausted and could not wait to see my bed. I left the clinic as soon as the clock struck 6pm because I honestly thought that number coding all over the metro ended at 6pm --- I swear. I told the policeman that; and he believed me.
No, I do not like getting into trouble with the police. And yes, I have been using all kinds of techniques to get myself out of a ticket. I have tried crying, threatening, non-stop chattering, begging --- and it has worked for me. I am not proud of it, but I am just really not ready to have an official traffic offense yet; and I hope I never will. I fear the PNP and the MMDA, actually, and all my guy friends laugh at me because they said that if they were in my position (especially back in college when my dad was still active) they would break all kinds of laws and not give a damn. You see, that is not how things happen with me. I am very very careful. I hate breaking laws. Violations just seem to come to me in a surprise.
Anyway, I do not want to get caught anymore (because I am honestly scared now, since the "new president" is so strict about it), so I decided to read the rules. I think all traffic rules should be compiled in a booklet and given to all the drivers who apply for and renew their licenses --- but that is just what I think.
Oh, happy driving everyone...
And no, this was not taken last Tuesday when i got caught... don't worry!!! The car wasn't moving either... because I was parked on the street waiting for Bon when I took this picture. I took it on our way to "Tagaytay" on my birthday --- Obviously, I got bored!!!