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Failure To Yield

November 30, 2011

Yesterday I drove into a traffic circle where three streets converged. I slowed down for the yield sign before entering and had just completed the curve to another street when a traffic cop appeared from nowhere, lights blazing. Being pulled over was a new experience for me and I was curious to learn what I’d done to deserve it.


“What seems to be the problem, Officer?” I asked, sounding like a tweeker on Cops.


After requesting my driver’s license and proof of insurance he said, “You failed to yield before entering the traffic circle.”


“But I slowed down,” I explained.


“You didn’t yield.”


“Should I have stopped?”


“Don’t be smart. The sign doesn’t say ‘stop.’ It says ‘yield.’”


True to the spirit of this blog, I couldn’t suppress my chatterbox nature. “Honestly, I’m not trying to be a smart ass, but this reminds me of that old chestnut: Does a falling tree in the forest make a sound it there’s no one there to hear it?”


He didn’t look amused.


I should have kept my mouth shut, but instead I asked, “Who am I yielding to if no one’s there?”           


My court hearing is in two weeks.



The only mark I got against me when I took my driving test was not stopping at a yield sign. I argued the same thing, for what it's worth, he still marked it against me. He said I had to stop, not a rolling stop. It wasn't a stop sign, it was a yield sign.
By: Jeff Laws on October 28, 2012

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