LETTER: Elderly Women At Risk When Driving At Night – From The Police
Elderly women are at risk when driving at night – from Police.
Many older women must realize personal risks when stopped by police. Why? We are not schooled in avoiding “suspicious” behavior.
Did you know that the following personal idiosyncrasies can and are labeled drug behaviors:
- Fast speech (when nervous)
- Flushing ( when humiliated)
- Red eyes (if they provoke tears)
- Having ANY unmarked medication on your person or in your car, (aspirin, Zantac, tylenol, etc.)?
- Misinterpreting questions (hard of hearing)
- And finally being too nervous to keep up with their fast, curt directions
An experience involving using brights after turning from a side street to HWY 99 ended in a 4-hour interrogation. Handcuffed and driven by a lone man for a long distance in the dark, left a terrified, violated, helpless (handcuffed) woman. Police report stated “polite and cooperative” responses. All charges were dropped. Except a $200.00 bill for having the car towed.
Unable to sleep, refusal to drive at night and panic around police cars has lingered since the event August 23. It will not resolve. Why?
How will you respond when you now know their report will exaggerate your every word, gesture and mistake? Many mistakes were made in naive belief that the police were experienced enough to differentiate simple error from drug-induced responses. How would I respond again if stopped – when panic is felt just recalling the incident? Think about this and talk to all who may offer you some police savvy advice for avoiding this same experience.
Any thoughts for the rest of women at risk?
– Ruth Maloney