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A "First" in traffic

by Mac McMullen / March 22, 2006 4:46 AM PST

In traffic this morning, running the speed limit of 60mph in the right lane of a divided highway. Behind me a pick-up followed by a semi.

Approaching from the rear in the left lane, with lights and siren, well above 60mph, a State Police car. He passes and disappears in the distance.

The semi pulls even with me on the left to pass, and then essentially runs along side.

Four or five miles further, the police car has moved onto the shoulder on the right, stopped, with lights flashing.

As we (the semi and I) pass the police car, in the rear view mirror I see the police car pull back on the road and move to the left lane. I speed up ahead of the semi so that the truck can pull to the right to allow the police car right of way.

The semi pulls in behind me, and the police car moves to the right lane behind the semi. We?re close to a ?pull out? along the highway, and the semi and police car both exit.

First time I have ever witnessed police pass ?their target? in traffic and then wait for them at a convenient pull out spot. How thoughtful of the police officer of the rest of traffic.

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Except from your description, Del, it doesn't sound like
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 22, 2006 4:49 AM PST
In reply to: A "First" in traffic

the semi was really speeding -- or is there still a lower truck speed limit in NM? They've now eliminated the differentials (trucks and day/night) in Texas.

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No differential........
by Mac McMullen / March 22, 2006 6:17 AM PST

.....just a "wonder what that was all about" incident.

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Truckers can be your best friends
by Josh K / March 22, 2006 6:23 AM PST

I was on I-40 just east of Memphis around 12 years ago, heading east towards Nashville. Everybody slowed to exactly 65 MPH as a State Police car got on the highway, cruising at around 60. There were two semis behind me, one in each lane. I s...l...o...w...l...y passed the police car, then got back over into the right lane in front of him. One trucker did the same, but the other one stayed in the left lane alongside the other truck, blocking the trooper behind me.

As soon as I realized what they were doing, I floored it.


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