It is around 4.30 in the morning now. I just got back from a late night supper. When I was on the way home, the road is almost empty. I was approaching the final traffic light that I have to cross before reaching home. The traffic light was red at that time. There were no other cars on the road except mine and another car probably 100 meters behind me.
I did something that no law abiding driver should do — step on the gas when the red light is on.
I saw the car behind me followed my lead by jumping the traffic light as well. I thought to myself, “See. No one in their right mind would wait for the traffic light when there is not even a single soul on the road.” A second later, my surrounding was flashing with blue light.
I stopped by the side of the road shaking my head. What rotten luck am I having? Another few hundred meters and I will reach my home.
The police came to my side of the window and asked my IC and driving license. He passed it to his partner and the other guy went into the car while checking for something. The police started asking me the “normal questions” like:
- Do you know what fault have you done? Yes, but…
- Where were you from? Late night supper.
- Where are you going now? Home.
- What are you working as? “Helper”
- Whose car is this? Dad’s.
- Do you have enough money to pay for the summons? Yes.
- Where were you born? Are you Sabahan/Sarawakian? Why is your name like that? (I am asked questions like these due to my name. I am quite used to it really)
I was trying to buy my way out of the mess by arguing that there were no other cars on the road. He replied me saying that there is no such law that allows a driver to jump a traffic light when no other cars are around. He was right and I had nothing else to say. He asked me to open the boot and I did, stepping out from the car to assist him.
That is when his partner joined us and asked me questions #4 and #5 again. I wonder if these are their standard questions. In the midst of the discussion, there were “if you were summoned, can you pay the fine?” and “we are just trying to help”.
Of course, I replied, “What to do? If you guys summon me I will have to pay lah.”
After a while, they returned my IC and driving license and let me off because “this is my first offense”. Thank you very much.