I made a u-turn. Across two yellow lines... not at an intersection.
I was tired of waiting for the construction flaggers to let our lane flow... so I decided to take matters into my own hands. Two cars behind me... was an unidentified Oregon State Trooper. He immediately pulled me over. Lights and all.
He came up to my window... with all the other drivers gawking at me... with my husband sitting next to me... and my son in the back seat... and let me know that I had made an illegal u-turn. He informed me of the dangers of illegal u-turns especially with a child in the car. How the construction traffic might have been coming down the opposing lane without me knowing it.
And I listened. Because he was right.
But the scary thing? It had not occurred to me that what I was doing was illegal. I truly had not thought to myself about breaking the law. And I am trying to reset my brain that what I did really was not the right thing to do. Because deep down I think there was a time... that I knew that it was illegal... but perhaps didn't think it was "that" illegal... and then it became... well, just what I would do in that situation.
And the truth is... it didn't matter what I thought. My action was illegal. It doesn't matter if I knew it in the past or not. I mean... it has been almost 15 years since I took the Oregon's Drivers Test.
I have to admit... that I am glad I got pulled over. That someone cared about my safety and the safety of others. Someone who knew the law. It was humbling to have my son witness the exchange, but I am glad he did. He found out that I... on occasion... break the law.... although without willful intent... but my ignorance is almost more dangerous. It makes me wonder what else I don't know... and I think I'll spend some time visiting the Oregon DMV website.
Because I want to be the kind of person who hears reproof... and accepts discipline... whether on the road... or in my relationships...
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates correction is stupid.
And I know... I know... if I had actually received a citation... this would have been an entirely different post. But maybe not. Either way... it is very comforting to me to have someone who knows more than me... sees the bigger picture... and instructs me for my own benefit.
And the truth be told... I'll be avoiding that road with the construction... don't want to give in to temptation!