In the past two months, I have been pulled over four times in the Haywood Road vicinity in West Asheville, and I'm wondering: What is the deal?!
I drive a Nissan Sentra – no weird bumper stickers (not that that should be probable cause, but we all know that it sometimes is), tail and brake lights work; this is my neighborhood, so I don't speed through it; and no traffic violations. Twice, there has been a "random" roadblock. Basically, the officer checked me out, looked at my driver's license and tags, sniffed the car, shone the flashlight around inside – searching, but not searching – and said, "Have a nice night."
The most recent time I was stopped, a ticket was written for my boyfriend's expired tags. That was a recent Wednesday morning on Riverview Drive – my neighborhood – and I kid you not: At the time I was receiving that ticket for the tags, there were six police cars there. Six! Don't they have anything better to do than have a roadblock on Riverview at 11 a.m.? Seriously.
A few months ago, my two good friends were pulled over on Sulphur Springs Road after turning off Haywood Road towards home. According to them, the officer's explanation was: "I thought I saw you rolling something." Needless to say, after some awkward bumbling, they were told, "Have a nice night."
Now, I don't generally break laws, and I'm all for making my neighborhood a safe place to be, but this is really starting to feel like harassment. I can't imagine that the Asheville area is so safe and secure that the officers have nothing better to do than make the average law-abiding driver traveling down Haywood Road feel like they are running the gauntlet. Again I ask: What is the deal?
— Stacy Claude