I was in a hurry. My to-do list was longer than my arm and yes I was speeding. I saw flashing lights in my rear view and pulled over wondering how the heck I was going to finish my errands in time to get my mom to her doctor’s appointment. I handed the officer my license and registration and watched him walk back to his car.
Drumming my fingers on the steering wheel, I noticed that one of the items on my list was right there across the road. Hmmmm… I could probably drop off these photographs in the time it took for the cop to write my ticket. I tucked the paper bag of pictures under my arm and darted out. I heard a shout.
“STOP! GET BACK INTO YOUR CAR!”
“DROP THE BAG AND GET INTO YOUR CAR NOW!”
“But, but I’m just dropping off…”
Sheeez! He didn’t have to shout! I climbed back into my car and sulked as I waited for the officer. When he finally approached and I tried to explain, he cut me off.
“First off, if you are stopped by the police, you never ever get out of your car unless you are directed to do so.”
“Secondly, when you have a concealed carry permit, you must always state it to the officer and divulge whether or not you are carrying.”
I looked down in shame.
“That was a very dangerous move you made there.”
Dangerous and stupid! I hoped he didn’t put together that my son was a police officer on the same force.
“What do you think your son would say?” He scolded.
Dang! “Um… I guess he’d probably say you’d better give me a big ticket.”
“That’s exactly what he said when I called him and told him what you did.”
The obvious lesson here is that when you break the law there is a safety protocol. Follow the rules and everyone stays safe. Don’t run, don’t resist and for heavens sake don’t brandish a weapon. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, old or young—if you don’t use basic common sense you put yourself in peril and rightfully so.
Police officers have an increasingly complicated and dangerous job and need the support of the people they serve. As the mother of a police officer I know the challenges they face every day. 99.9% are colorblind as they protect and serve their communities and country. 99.9% are brave, honorable and unselfish. 99.9% warrant your trust and confidence. 99.9% deserve to be respected as the heroes they are. 99.9% are true champions that faithfully do their jobs to the best of their ability. And 99.9% support their spouses and children on a very meager salary. If things continue the way they are going, lets see how many sign up for this job. Forget your own protection, the law and order of the future is at stake.
It's as simple as this. When you get pulled over, above all else cooperate. And as you take your ticket, you just might want to smile and thank the officer for everything he or she does… besides making you late.