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The company I work for maintains a stretch of interstate and today I was sent to spray some weeds that had popped up in a couple of median beds we had planted. Now we maintain about a mile and a half of the landscape around an exit and the next exit on the southern side is 7 miles away. The median has catch cables along the median that switches sides every so often. It just happens that the cable runs next to the SB lanes for a couple miles after our exit so instead of going to the next exit to turn around, I just used the one when the cables switch sides. A cop saw me do this and proceeded to lecture me about how he had lights and I wasn't technically in an authorized vehicle to do that. He also decided that I wasn't worth the effort of giving a ticket after I told him that a copy of our contract was at our office and I could have it brought out to me if necessary.

TL;DR: I used the "authorized vehicle only" turnaround in an interstate median and got harassed by a cop for doing it.

The company I work for maintains a stretch of interstate and today I was sent to spray some weeds that had popped up in a couple of median beds we had planted. Now we maintain about a mile and a half of the landscape around an exit and the next exit on the southern side is 7 miles away. The median has catch cables along the median that switches sides every so often. It just happens that the cable runs next to the SB lanes for a couple miles after our exit so instead of going to the next exit to turn around, I just used the one when the cables switch sides. A cop saw me do this and proceeded to lecture me about how he had lights and I wasn't technically in an authorized vehicle to do that. He also decided that I wasn't worth the effort of giving a ticket after I told him that a copy of our contract was at our office and I could have it brought out to me if necessary. TL;DR: I used the "authorized vehicle only" turnaround in an interstate median and got harassed by a cop for doing it.

4 comments

[–] Timmy 1 points (+1|-0)

You might want to bring a copy of the contract with next time. Let the next cop lecture you before you show him that you really are authorized and have the paperwork to prove it. I bet he'll believe you.

They don't have special signs here, it's just a dirt road with no trees between the interstate lanes. Common place for Highway Patrol to hang out, eating and using radar.

There wasn't a sign at the spot I used. I think he didn't push the issue because he wanted to go take part in the speed trap they were setting up at the exit 7 miles away (the one he told me to use to turnaround).

[–] leaderofnopack 0 points (+0|-0)

Well it's well known four wheelers are idiots so nothing new here.