Police, like drivers, should be cautious

newsroom@islandpacket.comMarch 17, 2014 

I recently had the misfortune of an auto accident, my first in 50 years of driving, so I had no knowledge of the legal procedure to follow. But I have since learned a few valuable lessons.

I was hit in the driver's side doors by a vehicle that was trying to turn right from the left-hand lane of a circle -- without looking first for clearance. But I was charged with failure to yield right of way. A police officer made many mistakes on the incident report, forcing me to go to court where the judge found me not guilty after being presented with the correct information. Still, my insurance rate increased.

I would like to ask all police to be careful and accurate in their reporting, for what they report will affect lives in many areas.

Linda Carpenter


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