At your age and with your experiences, you should have acclimated to the fact that most people are flat out stupid. Ignorant is a different thing - just means you don't know better; stupid is when you DO know better and still don't do anything about it. I'm not saying I've never done anything stupid, but I do learn and tend to not repeat stupid mistakes! I never go anywhere far without new or (like you've described) well taken care of tires.
So you were a trooper? Up to 4 months ago, I always said if a trooper ever stops me, I ALWAYS get a ticket. But that time, he let me go with a warning - I almost had a coronary on the spot.
Ignorance can be cured with knowledge. Stupidity is a choice.
One night it was really really cold, not much above zero, I was mostly just patroling looking for breakdowns, staying warm, had 100 miles of interstate to check (round trip total
) and headed west I noticed a flashing spot of the left rear tire of the small black car ahead. I figured someone didn't know the air was near to showing through so I stopped the car and approached with caution, found two very young ladies in it. It was maybe 1 - 2 am. I asked for the driver's lic and etc, and had every intention of just telling her she needed a tire bad. She surprised me, said she wasn't worried. As she signed the ticket I told her she should find a place to wait until morning in the next town, I suggested an all night gas station / conv store I knew about. She said she was going all the way to Ky.
Interstate 64 west is a lonely road in the wee hours, no place to be stuck in near 0 cold. Hours later I heard the unit in the next area run the tag on the radio, he found them near frozen with a flat 15 miles past the next town.
She started out maybe just ignorant, and she chose to remain so, thus showing she was stupid.
Over the years, I gave many more warnings than tickets. Our warnings were verbal.