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Cops and kids

July 2, 2013 - Brian Rowell
ESCANABA — My grandson was stopped by the police a few weekends ago — at the tender age of 11. I was more than surprised after he came home from a bike ride and informed as all he had been stopped by the police while riding his bike near Ludington Park with other family members. “Exactly what did you do to get stopped by the police.” I asked. He smiled and said, “I was wearing my bike helmet.” My grandson held up a coupon for a treat at a local business. “He gave me this because I was wearing my bike helmet.” It turns out that an Escanaba Public Safety officer spotted my grandson and noticed that he was using a bike helmet, something his mother has insisted on since the days he was using training wheels. After awhile, it became second nature to him — get on a bike, put on a helmet. The officer decided to reward my grandson for his good behavior. To the Escanaba Public Safety officer — thank you. You made a little boy’s day. To the Escanaba Public Safety Department — this is a great practice the public should be made aware of. Rewarding kids for good behavior is a wonderful idea and an incentive for kids to do the right thing. Keep up the good work.


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Aug-24-13 5:04 PM

funny they dont mention how distracting cops and be while driving. on my way to marquette i had one on the highway once keeping the same speed as me in the passing lane. no matter how much slower i went he slowed as well. he kept looking over at me and tried getting my attention. i tried ignoring him but he wouldnt quit. i pull into a gas station to get him off me since i felt very distracted. he pulls in beside me. i say is there a problem. he says he wanted to make sure i had my seatbelt on and i was going 3 miles over. i said well im not leaving until your gone cause im tired of you bothering me. he said sorry you feel that way and left. most cops = tools. very few good ones.


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