A police officer in Florida was scanning video footage from a traffic camera recently when he noticed something he couldn’t let slide. A cop car, making an unprotected left turn, clearly ran a red light. He knew, instantly, he had to say something.
There was just a problem. Ratting out your fellow officer for a minor traffic infringement isn’t something that is taken lightly. Haines City Police Officer Tim Glover knew it was going to be a tense confrontation. And then he read the number on the car.
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It was his car. And he was driving it. The footage from September 8th was captured when Glover was on his way to lunch. He even remember making the turn. Though the video clearly shows him making a left at an intersection while the light turned from yellow to red, Glover had thought he was clear. Until he watched the video, he had believed he had made the turn without violating any traffic rules.
“I realized that the vehicle did look familiar, and I was hoping it wasn’t mine, but I walked out and confirmed it was mine out here in the parking lot,” he told the local news station.
It would have been easy for Glover to have simply let the tape video footage play on and ignore his infraction. Glover, though, knew he had a responsibility to report the infraction. And he did. He then was given a $160 ticket.
“I’ve always been taught that if you’ve done something wrong, to take responsibility for what you’ve done and accept your punishment,” Glover said. “In this part, it was paying the fine and getting my letter of reprimand.”
Glover is both a model of responsibly and humility. He did the right thing and did so with admirable modesty.