Today I was supposed to be at the Parent Teachers Organization meeting. I left work at 420 pm, but my trip was delayed by a Lincoln SUV that ran a red light and ran over the front wheel of my folding bike. I jumped off the bike seeing that was was running the light and thinking he would not avoid hitting me.
The guy had a vanity plate BY TRIO so I can report the accident. I called 911 and tried to report it. I waited at 11th and market for a half hour. I told the dispatcher I was in front of Sovereign Bank. I called 20 minutes later, the dispatcher said the police were enroute. Ten minutes later I called again. this dispatcher said he would send the supervisor. He tried to say the police went by and there was no one there. I had not moved for a half hour. Ten minutes later I called and said I was leaving for Lancaster.
I am a member of the US Government as a soldier. I want the government to be there to fix roads and sewers and show up at accidents, but I also know that I am always unhappy when I am subject to the whims of a government agent. The comedy at 11th and Market made no difference because I was not hurt. And now if I want to get my bike fixed, I will have to fill out forms with same police department and have to have a judge decide the case when the SUV driver lies about every detail of the incident.
The incident has only cost me an hour and a PTO meeting so far. I'll find out later how much the bike repair is.