Thursday, July 21, 2022

(PJE: Personal Journal Entry) Recurring memory: Being pulled over in Missouri

On May 1, 2009, I was pulled over in my / my Mom's gray 2001 Honda Accord by a Missouri State Trooper for rolling past a stop sign at an intersection without coming to a complete stop first. I was driving Natasha to her then-boyfriend Alex Gerry's house in Collins.

The trooper gave me a warning, and told me not to roll another stop sign for the next 60 days. Given that we were from Kansas, I asked whether that was for anywhere or just in Missouri. He said "Just in Missouri!" To which I replied "Well then, that's no problem, 'Cause we'll be back in Kansas in a couple of days!"

He asked for both of our IDs also. This was unusual; the first time I've ever had a passenger of mine also checked for ID.

So that's when I had asked, "Now, I'm curious: Why do you also check the passenger in Missouri? 'Cause if I get pulled over in Kansas, the cop doesn't even acknowledge the passenger!"

He told me that it's because sometimes, passengers could be escaped inmates from a jail or prison. I remember that part for sure. I don't know whether he also mentioned the possibility of passengers also having outstanding warrants, but that would be another potentially valid reason for checking the passenger.

Natasha hadn't yet obtained a driver's license so she could only produce her military ID card, as we were dependents of a retired military father.

His check of our IDs came back clean of course, so he let us go on our way and he parted with the words "...And sorry to bother ya!"

This scenario has repeatedly played in my head numerous times by now. I'd like to post this here on my journal to see whether that'll cause me to move onto more recent thoughts at least as interesting as this one.

I'd like to find a list of what states also check the passengers' IDs, their reasons why they do, and what states don't. Can you help me find that list?

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