Would You Pay A Bribe To Get Out Of A Ticket? Apparently Texans Would.
Look, the majority of us have been there before.
We're cruising along then all of a sudden, bam. Flashing red and blue lights behind us.
Sometimes we know we're 100% guilty of the reason the lights came on, yet sometimes we're perplexed as to what we did.
The anxiety sets in as the officer approaches the car, we're fumbling around for insurance and registration. The window slowly rolls down.
This nice officer proceeds to explain what you've done...and now you're thinking of a cheeky excuse to get out of the impending ticket.
Nothing comes to mind, so you start reaching a bit. How can I bribe the officer into letting me off with just a warning?
Wait, a bribe is illegal. I can't do that...but I would. At least 1 in 4 Texans feel that way.
According to this report from a Gunther VW in Florida, 24% of Texans would be willing to hand the officer up to $45 to keep their record clean and avoid a speeding ticket.
This got me to thinking...what would Amarillo try to bribe their way out of? I can tell you one thing definitely comes to mind.
It's an epidemic in Amarillo. I've never lived in a place where I feel I have to wait a good 2-3 seconds to take off after my light turns green. The fear of getting smashed by a car rolling through a red light is real.
What blows me away about it is cars don't even speed up to get through it, they just roll through at the speed limit like it's still green.
I can say this with certainty. The officers of APD would be able to make themselves quite the under the table income accepting bribes on these red light runners. I know they wouldn't do it, and they shouldn't. I mean, we shouldn't be offering it in the first place.
Just goes to show you how far we're willing to go to avoid having to appear in court or pay off that ticket.