Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of firsthand experience to change your mind about something and broaden your perspective.
Reddit user boxingdude got newfound respect for cops after one officer went out of his way to serve up justice on the road.
Driving itself is a dangerous task and the risks involved increase tenfold when it’s raining and you’re distracted. Regardless of how many preventable accidents have taken place due to irresponsible driving, some people just can’t seem to put the phone down and focus on the road—but this woman just might when one cop made sure to get his point across after she caused a man on a motorcycle to crash on the interstate.
When Bubbasqueeze asked the Reddit community how an individual has changed your life for the better in a thread, boxingdude shared how one state trooper helped him on the highway.
He was switching lanes on a rainy day when a woman in a large SUV, oblivious to the biker, suddenly switched lanes while talking on her cell phone.
The woman had no idea she had caused the motorcyclist to crash—but someone did, this cop.
“As I’m struggling to get my 700 lb Harley Davidson upright, I spot a blue state trooper’s light flashing on my chrome. The trooper rolls down his window, asks me if I’m ok, and can I hold it for a second. I nodded and he peels off after the lady, who was incidentally talking on her cell phone.
He orders her to stay, spins around doughnut style and races back to me to help lift my bike up. Reaches into his trunk and hands me his rain gear, instructs me to pull up beside him up ahead of the SUV, which was still waiting alongside the road.”
And he wanted to make sure the woman realized the impact of her recklessness.
“He makes the lady get out of the car, gets her thouroughly soaked, and chewed her a new a****** for making me crash.
Proceeded to give her a 300 dollar and 4 point ticket, and compelled her to apologize to me.
Then he let me keep his rain gear so I could get home. Turns out he’s a motorcycle cop, when it’s not raining. so he had an appreciation for what bikers get to deal with on a daily basis.
My appreciation for the cops went waaaaay up that day.”
The troopers kindness and sense of justice really touched boxingdude and left him with a newfound respect and admiration for cops and changed his perceptions of the men in blue forever.
According to The National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving causes 1.6 million accidents every year, with 1 out of every 4 of those occurring in the United States alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 660,000 people use their phones while driving every day.
Texting is the biggest distraction—on average, reading or sending a text takes your eyes off the road for a full five seconds. At 55 mph, “that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.”
Any distraction while driving increases the risk of a crash. Drive responsibly, as you can impact others’ safety as well.