Being pulled over is typically a pretty frustrating experience. Embarrassing lectures, expensive tickets, and inconvenient travel delays have irked commuters for decades.
However, every once in a while a traffic stop comes with a silver lining. And occasionally, it’s just plain fun.
Sometimes, a cop just needs a break. So when a Canadian toddler was driving down a residential road in his miniature Ford pickup truck, one officer decided to create a fun memory.
Nathan Snow, a fittingly named 3-year-old from Fort McMurray, Alberta, was driving along with his canine pal, Lacey, when he was spotted by a Royal Canadian Police Officer. The officer pulled over and asked Snow’s parents if he could write Nathan his commemorative, first traffic ticket.
The parents obliged and started filming. What followed was a comical scene, combining the good-natured humor of a friendly police officer with the utter bewilderment of a confused toddler.
Nathan took his ticket, which simply read, “Too fast!” and gave a polite “Thank you,” when prompted. He then shook the officer’s hand, all the while looking quite unsure of himself.
The accommodating officer even went so far as to offer young Nathan a ride in his police cruiser, but the toddler wasn’t ready to take that plunge. “No, mommy,” he quite plainly stated.
“Have a good night, man,” the jovial officer said, patting Nathan on the head. Meanwhile, Lacey the dog offered up a consistent barrage of yappy barks.
Even though Nathan didn’t quite understand what was happening at the time, the incident has left him quite satisfied overall. According to his mother, he’s now quick to point out any police vehicles the family sees.
Of course, Nathan’s parents say that they’re even more excited than he is. They are thrilled that their son’s first exposure to the police was a fun and positive one.
As for Nathan’s punishment for speeding? The officer decided to let him off easy, saying, “I want you to go home and help mommy with the laundry.”
Laundry isn’t too fun for a 3-year-old, so let’s hope Nathan gets time off for good behavior!