I'm a recent citizen of beautiful Sonoma and a resident at a senior-care living facility, Vintage Sonoma.
Recently, on Napa Road, as I entered my parking court yard, a police car with flashing red light followed me in.
The officer approached and asked for my registration and license. His reason: I had not had my seat belt on.
He was writing a ticket before I had a chance to explain. I'm a recent resident, I just became a widower and I asked for a little compassion.
He told me to, "Tell it to the judge." He then asked for my proof of insurance and I realized that most of my documents were still in cartons I had left in my apartment.
I asked if he would allow me 5 minutes to get them. He just refused, saying he could not wait, but it took him longer then 5 minutes to write out ticket.
I certainly will pay the fine, but what I'm really upset about is that he wouldn't even consider just giving me a warning. It's not like I committed a serious offense like speeding, running a red light or causing an accident.
My feeling was that the officer was uncaring and was dead-set on writing me a ticket. I think he had a quota to meet that was more important than to have a little kindness. Please let other people know that the police are not, sometimes, willing to listen to a senior citizen.