And it wasn’t even a story, it was a series of questions: Officer, do you have a wife and a child? Have you ever been away from them? For several days after Christmas? Have they ever flown back to meet you? Have you ever contemplated the wisdom of flying in the winter–you know, hurling a steel tube full of highly combustible fuel and loved ones into a sky filled with snow, sleet, ice, migratory birds, and gremlins? Has nervousness ever caused you to, you know, speed up a little in the false belief that if you get there a little earlier, so will they?
See, that’s the problem with these photo enforcement cameras, like the one just after the D Street tunnel on 395 North in DC, is that you never get the chance to explain to the officer–er–camera, your story, or even ask a few polite questions.
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