Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Wow, it is January 10th already. Before you know it, January will be over and we'll be into February. My the time flies the older I get!

Today is the 17th anniversary of the day I rolled the Jeep over and was temporarily trapped inside. A very scary feeling. What was even stranger was the fact that I realized the Jeep was going to roll over just seconds before it did. It was like it happened in slow motion and I remember feeling fairly calm and matter of fact about the whole thing. But only until I discovered I was hanging upside down, trapped by my own seatbelt and unable to release the button to get out.

The tow truck arrived and luckily for me, one of the men in the tow truck was a first responder and dug his way through the snow and ice and mud to get to me and release the seatbelt freeing me. He then helped me out of the vehicle and into the back of the police car. The ambulance was there, but I chose not to use their services and sent them on their way.

The police brought me home so I could call into work and call my hubby and let him know what had happened. But not before he gave me a ticket for driving too fast for conditions. I was going 20 mph in a 45 mph zone. When I told him that I was not speeding and driving too fast for the icy conditions, he told me that any one out driving that morning was driving too fast for conditions. I mentioned to him that he was out driving and his reply was.....I am working! I then said, "Where did you think I was going at this time of the morning, to a matinee?" He gave me the ticket anyway.

I went to court and fought the ticket and won. In fact, I was even invited to speak at a road commission meeting on the benefits of wearing a seatbelt where I received an award and some other small trinkets for having survived a roll over accident because of wearing my seatbelt!

See, sometimes you can fight 'city hall' and win!!!


Kat said...

Fight the good fight!

Anonymous said...

Wow Martie what a story! I don't quite understand why you would have been given a ticket. But, it all worked out in the end. I'm glad you fought it. And, I'm glad they recognized you for wearing a seat belt. And, last but certainly not least, I'm glad you were okay!


martie said...

editor ~ thanks, I was only banged up a little, didn't even requre a trip to the doctor....more emotional trauma than physical trauma!!!

kat ~ I guess they must have heard about my determination, huh?

curious servant said...

Nice post. I once helped some teens out of a crashed vehicle.

So glad you weren't hurt.

Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. It is very nice to meet you.

Lori said...

Hey Martie!

Just wanted to thank you for sticking in there with me..and to let you know I haven't forgotten you.

A late - but heartfelt - Happy New Year!!!

Janet C. said...

Unbelievable and not surprising at the same time. What was the cop thinking, probably trying to get his quota for the month.

Janet C. said...

Hi Martie,
Me again, yes born in Pontiac. My family is from that area. Have an uncle in Flint who is in his 90's. A cousin and aunt and uncle still somewhere in Michigan.
Westcliffe is west of Pueblo. We still have a home in Denver. YUK!
Glad you enjoy my photo's. Email me sometime so I have your email address.
inwestcliffe at yahoo dot com

Skittles said...

Glad you were ok and beat the ticket! Thanks for dropping by & good luck w/o the verification :)