One day during residency, on my way to the VA for lecture, I saw one of my co-residents standing outside his car, flanked by two very serious-looking police officers. This particular resident was always a little on the sketchy side, so I was pretty much dying of curiosity. Maybe the cops caught on to his, like, drug trafficking side business or something.
But it was nothing so exciting. Apparently, he got pulled over for speeding in the VA parking lot. Got a $200 ticket.
Someone later told me that they did this constantly on the VA hospital campus. Lots of doctors received tickets for going FIVE miles over the speed limit (which was like 10 MPH). I'd imagine patients get pulled over a lot too. Considering how behind we always get in clinics and how long patients have to wait, is it really a good idea to start pulling over doctors just as they're getting to work and making them wait 20 minutes for you to write out a ticket? Or patients who are already probably running late to their appointments?
Me: "I can't believe they pulled you over when you were wearing your white coat!"
Resident: "Yeah, they don't care."
Me: "You should have told them you were, like, on your way to deliver a baby."
Resident: "At the VA???"
Me: "Oh. Maybe not."