This I Believe

Kinzey - Charlotte, North Carolina
Entered on October 23, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: integrity

This I believe; honesty is the best policy. If I had believed that just a couple of hours before I got into trouble, it would have saved me a lot of wasted time trying to get out of it.

Everyone is really excited when he or she first gets his or her license, right? That was the case for me. I had not had my license for more than 3 days before my first run in with the law. My girlfriends and I were on our way to the mall with the music blaring, windows down, laughing, and having a good time. Out of nowhere, a police officer came right up behind me. All I could hear was the siren, and all I could see were blue lights. My friends were laughing about the situation, and all I could think about was hat I was going to say to the officer and to my parents.

The officer claimed that I was going 20 over the speed limit, and I didn’t know what else to say to him except trying to lie my way out of the ticket. I was so worried about my parents and what they were going to say to me. It was awful enough that I was pulled over for speeding, but 3 days after getting my license is terrible. My parents, just like anyone’s parents, warned me about speeding and getting a ticket. They also told me if I were to get a ticket, I would have to pay for my own insurance since the price would sky rocket.

After about 10 minutes of trying to get myself out of the ticket, I started to cry and started to apologize to the police man for trying to lie my way out. I told him I should have been paying attention to the speed I was going and that I would never make that mistake again. I thought he was just being sympathetic for the tears and for being upset. But he probably told me some of the greatest pieces of advice a stranger has ever given me.

The officer told me that I should learn from this incident and watch my speed more carefully. Also, he said that lying wasn’t the way to get out of trouble, and that after one lie, you tend to follow with many others and dig yourself into a hole. The officer said that he was just looking for me to step up and acknowledge that I was speeding and take responsibility. He ended up not giving me a ticket since I was honest with him, and I am so grateful for that.

Even though I didn’t get a ticket, I was still honest with my parents about what happened. I wanted to start off right with being honest and truthful about the things that I do. It has helped with my relationships in life, and also I don’t have a guilty conscience. This I believe; honesty is the best policy!