My teen loves his Audi. The moment the service light goes on, he calls to make an appointment to take it to the Audi dealership; it guzzles premium gas, is washed and vacuumed at least once a week; and he eagle eyes his passengers that insist on bringing food into his car. No top on that drink? No ride. Greasy food? No ride. Candy wrapper…pick it up. My van always looked like a band of terrorists had holed up in it after I delivered Cole and friends to their destination…but not the Audi.
Cole has the reputation of being a competent, safe driver and has earned the confidence of his friends’ parents, which makes him the designated driver of choice when they head out to do what teens do. I would much rather Cole drive than be driven by most of his friends who usually get tickets for the driving. The last story I heard was that his friend had met a lawyer from Florida Ticket Firm to fight off his ticket. He is not an occasional driver on the city streets; he drives every day to and from school, and he loves his car too much to take stupid chances. It’s all about the car. He does, however, have a heavy foot, and speed limits thwart his very existence. This past summer, he found himself on the other end of a speeding ticket after going about eight miles over the 55 speed limit. He went to court, admitted guilt, paid the fine and took the defensive driving course.
Right before Christmas, in the same suburb, he was stopped again for speeding. This time he insisted he was innocent. Since this was his second offense, I talked to police officer and lawyer friends, who all advised him to plead guilty. There was no way a teen was going to win in traffic court, they told me. I agreed.
Cole, on the other hand, saw it differently. He wasn’t speeding, and he wanted to plead innocent. I pondered: Do I remind my kid that in the eyes of justice system all teen drivers are guilty, or do I show faith in our justice system? After mulling it over, I told him to throw himself on the mercy of the court. Cole prevailed, winning me over with a rousing speech about living in a world that includes truth, justice and liberty for all—including teen drivers. Humming “God Bless America,” I agreed to support his plea of innocence.
After gaining my support, Cole planned his defense. He Googled “radar guns” and found out one of the most common traffic control errors was a cop focusing on the wrong car. Or something like that. He diagrammed exactly where the police officer was, noting his license plate and the unmarked Crown Victoria police car he was lurking in. His diagram highlighted the neighborhood school with children playing, and included the car in front of him that he believed contained the actual speed demon.
When our day of reckoning arrived, Cole was ready to present his case…while I was a basket case. Under my breath I chanted, “Flu, flu, flu” in hopes the police officer would not show up. No rest for the wicked or weary—the officer showed.
At last, our turn came and we were told to approach the bench. After the judge acknowledged me as the mom and thanked me for being there (I had a strong desire to ask, “I HAD A CHOICE?”) I stepped back and watched the case unfold. Cutting to the chase, my kid was awesome. The judge genuinely listened to Cole and did not dismiss his research and was impressed with Cole’s diagram and observations. In the end, the radar gun was the ultimate deciding factor; the judge agreed that radar guns are not infallible but are usually pretty accurate from the distance the officer was using it. However, while the judge did not find in favor of Cole, there was no conviction. It was the closest verdict to “not guilty” Cole could have hoped for under the circumstances.
After the case was dismissed, Cole thanked the judge and offered a handshake to the police officer. The judge was amused, the officer was surprised, and the mom fought back a relieved giggle, glad their day in court was over. Hopefully, Cole will not be practicing his lawyering skills again for a long while. The teen years are one wild, wonderful ride after another.
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