Yesterday I took the Defensive Driving Class that allows Minnesota Drivers over 55 years old to receive a 10% discount on their auto insurance. You have to first take an eight hour class and then every three years take a four hour refresher. This was my year.
Now I have had all the instructors in the area. I was not impressed with the number of stories told by the old Highway Patrolman…most of the class was laughing hysterically at his jokes and stories…me not so much I was there to LEARN something.
I was not impressed with the story about the ambulance that was hit in an intersection…supposively the rig spun around and as it did the back doors flew open and the fellow that was on the gurney having a heart attack was propelled gurney and all into a field where the fellow died. Well the last I knew from my days as an EMT the gurney is locked into place during transport….it being propelled out of an ambulance is highly unlikely…the locking mechanism must have failed.
Nor was I entertained by the tale of the 99 mile 100 MPH high speed chase. I don’t understand why Law Enforcement puts the general public in danger in high speed chases.
I did learn that one of our traffic laws was changed, you can accelerate 10 MPH above the 55 MPH speed limit to pass another vehicle.
It is not illegal to ride in the back of a fifth wheel trailer, a house trailer or a pickup truck…although it is pretty stupid.
I am glad to be done for another three years. Saw some neighbors and relatives there taking the class too.
Old car at the fair last summer
I had a Parking Ticket once over at NDSU but I went by the cop shop and got it fixed. So far I have avoided all speeding tickets..knock on wood…I do have a heavy foot sometimes.
Towanda…if I had my way anyone with a DUI would not pass go and go directly to jail for five years. Throw away the freaking key. The Retired Highway Patrolman said “1 out of every 3 vehicles after 12 midnight is being driven by a drunk driver.” Now that is scary.