Apache Junction, AZ High 70 Low 42
9:30 a.m. Yep, that’s a Mesa officer of the law behind us. Sure does make the heart beat faster and the blood pump a whole lot harder. Jim saw the lights in the rear view mirror and pulled over to let him go by. Gee – he pulled in right behind us. Oh goodie.
Officer: I’m Officer Talley. Do you know what you did wrong?
Jim: I have no idea.
Officer Talley: You made a right hand on red turn from Greenfield onto Broadway. Did you see the two signs posted there stating No Turn on Red.
Jim and Sandie: No sir, we had no idea we couldn’t turn there.
Officer Talley: May I please have your license and proof of insurance?
Jim: Yes sir.
Officer Talley goes back to his vehicle and in the meantime another police officer pulls in behind him. Now what? We need two officers to handle three old people? (We had picked up my sister.)
Second officer visits for a few minutes and then turns off his lights and drives off. (I think they are being extra cautious because there have been several police officers shot in this area in the last couple of weeks.)
Officer Talley: I am just going to give you a warning. There are only about four or five intersections in Mesa that do not allow you to turn right on red. So please pay more attention in the future.
Jim: Yes sir. Thank you sir. We certainly will.
All-in-all the experience wasn’t too bad and that is thanks to the attitude of Officer Talley. We have met law enforcement personnel that seem to have an arrogant, power hungry, bully type attitude. (Most of the Billings, MT police force.) But Officer Talley was polite and took the time to explain that intersection was the scene of several bad accidents and the signs were there to cut down on the number of accidents.
And we are really happy that he only gave us a warning and not a ticket. Needless to say, we are reading every sign at every intersection.