Just thought I would mention what happened to me today. Scared me pretty bad, and I learned a major lesson. First of all, here in MA, we have strict licensing guidelines. You can get your license at 16 and a half, and are on something called a "JOL" or Junior Operator License until you turn 18. During that period, penalties are significantly increased. For instance, a speeding ticket over age 18 can just be paid off, but under 18 it is an automatic 60 day license suspension. So all of the penalties are like that...... Anyway, I worked most of the day, was up early and worked through the afternoon. (School vacation week, I'm 17 in high school) I put all the equipment away, took a shower, etc... I ended up going out with my girlfriend mini-golfing, blah blah blah. On the way home, I was halfway talking to her while driving. Sure enough, came to a light I've been through 10,000 times, just as I'm approaching it it goes orange, and I went right through. I didn't see it go red, but I could have stopped. Half a second later.. the blue lights go on behind me, pull over, turn the car off, and start ****ing my pants. This kind of violation, if it went through, is 60 day suspension no questions asked. With customers all around town, that means no business. NO driving at all. And then to be reinstated, a $500 fee. That's the minimum. So the cop comes up to the window, asks a few questions, asks if I knew what I did wrong (which I admitted I should have stopped), hand over license and registration, and he goes back to his car. That was 100% the scariest minute of my life. He comes back to the car, makes sure we are both wearing seatbelts, asks where we are going and where we were, hands me both the license and registration back, and says be careful, go ahead home. No warning, no ticket, just walked back to his car and took off. Take whatever lesson you want, but it taught me a lot. Always concentrate, driving, mowing, whatever. Mowers are dangerous, and spending hours using one every day we all tend to doze off. You can't though, you always have to be alert. As for the obvious lesson, if I had been ticketed my business would have shut down. There would be no way for me to go job to job, and by the time I was ready all my customers would have found somebody else. With mowing starting this week, it's a hell of a time for that to happen. That's going from a 20K + job for me after taxes and insurance, to nothing. So, I really learned my lesson, probably more than the officer knows. For anybody reading, just always remember to stay alert. There are so many things to forget to do and to mess up while working in this industry, you have to be careful.