Sorry about not having a column in last weeks paper but it somehow got lost in cyberspace. This is it although slightly altered. I've had more questions about what others have asked than questions about the law. I keep a list of questions I get in public in my mind but for those who might have something specific please feel free to e-mail a question or questions anytime or drop them off at the Boise City News office. In the past I found most people for some reason prefer to wait until they see me in public to ask questions. That is OK too......
Question: If I am driving on a paved county road and come to an intersection with a dirt county road which has no stop signs who has the right-of-way ???
Response: That law was changed only a few years ago. It used to be that at any un-controlled intersection (meaning an intersection with no stop or yield signs) you had to yield to the person/vehicle on your right. Now the person on a paved road has the right of way. All rural, un-controlled intersections are very dangerous. “Downstate” I worked a lot of very bad accidents at these types of intersections. In Cimarron County we don't seem to have too many of them because we can see so well and the traffic on county roads is not heavy. There are a few intersections where you can not see well however. For those who are used to just blasting through these types of intersections you might want to get out of that habit. That one time someone else is doing the same thing is the time your life can be changed for the worse in an eye blink.....
Question: Some troopers are rigid and hard to talk to. Why is that???
Response: That is a hard one to answer for several reasons. I am struggling with the best way to answer it. I hope I don't seem that way but I think some troopers are because for one thing to be a trooper the way things are today you have to be confident, strong-willed and I dare say perhaps a little arrogant to survive the criticism you will get in law enforcement in general.
I was a baseball nut both playing and as a fan growing up and a few years ago I umpired high school baseball and Softball for a while. I read while umpiring where a professional major-league umpire said that umpiring/refereeing was the only profession where you are expected to be perfect your first day on the job then get better every day thereafter. He was wrong. There are two professions that way. Law enforcement is one of them. If not confident and perhaps with a controlled amount of arrogance you simply will not last long in this profession. The good ones, especially in small towns and rural areas learn how to un-wind and become approachable in public. That is very important in rural Oklahoma .
That is all for this week. Please be safe out there.
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