A police officer with the North Ridgeville Police department in Ohio wrote a warning on Facebook after ticketing a teenager for driving of 100 km / h.
(North Ridgeville Police)
An Ohio police officer told a teenager, “you’re welcome” in an open letter on Facebook Sunday, after the issue of the 18-year-old a speeding ticket on State Route 10. And the cop hope other lead-footed drivers will take.
When the officer — who was not identified in the post — with the North Ridgeville Police Department pulled the teen over for speeding, the driver claimed to not realize how fast he or she goes. But the officer instantly knew that was not true. In fact, the official said it should be pretty obvious you are speeding 100 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone.
“You may not know when you’re doing 45 in a 35 but you are fully aware of every mile-per-hour at 100. You realize that with every bump you hit. You realize as you pass cars so fast the wind moves your car. You realize that every time you drift over the line and when you move the wheel the car responds much faster than you are used to. You absolutely have realized it,” the officer wrote.
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The officer said the teen was just “minutes” of the cause of a Christmas tragedy, possible harm to themselves and others on the road. It was obvious that the teen was angry — “visibly shaking and breathing hard” after being pulled over by the patrol car, but that was not the right reason to panic, the cop added.
“Sometimes you have to the innocent person hit by someone with no respect for anyone, and sometimes you are with no regard for anyone else. Today were the last.”
— North Ridgeville Police
“You must have been afraid that you were trying to kill themselves. I know that you are invincible. I know that you can’t even understand your own death,” the officer continued. “I can tell you dozens of stories of dead and broken 18-year-old bodies I’ve pulled from cars. Broken bodies that I’ve found in the front yards after crashes. Unrecognizable bodies. They thought they were invincible. They were not.”
In the long letter of the officer begs the teen to think about his or her parents or guardians in the future, to explain how they would be devastated if something happened to their child.
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“Sometimes you have to the innocent person hit by someone with no respect for anyone, and sometimes you are with no regard for anyone else. Today were the last,” the official added.
At the end of the note, the officer admitted the 18-year-old turned out to be a nice kid who made a bad decision”, even though the cop added to the ticket was needed.
“I have no bad feeling about this ticket. In fact, I’m proud of it. I hope that you are paying it off for months, and with each payment that you have to think about how it wasn’t worth the effort. I hope that you slow down,” the note continues, adding again a reminder of the fact that no one is invincible.
The Facebook post is shared by more than 78,000 people and received 6,000 responses from Monday afternoon. The majority of users thanked the police for the emotional reminder.
“We have a number of outstanding cops,” a Facebook user said.
“Thank you, lord. Officer, you could not say that it is not a better way only if the children are aware of the damage they can do to the other people God bless you and your family,” still an echo.
“Thank you for stopping him. Job well done,” a man responded.