#1 has a permit to carry a gun and does carry..always. I asked him a few nights ago what he does when stopped by a police officer. He says that he is usually asked for his license and registration. He said that he tells the officer he has a permit to carry a gun, and that the gun is in the truck. He told me that the officer asked him to step out of the truck and follow him back to his patrol car. The officer looked over his ID and registration, as well as his permit to carry. He asked him if the gun was loaded and where it was located. (always in the console, loaded). #1 said he did not know why he was pulled over and the officer told him it was a routine traffic stop, whatever that is. He was handed his papers back. The officer escorted him back to the truck and #1 was sent on his way. #1 told me that the best thing to do is just do whatever the officer says, even if it seems unreasonable. #1 also asks for the officer’s name and badge number and county where he is from, and writes it in the’notes’ portion of his phone. Thus far, he has had no problems, although he does Exactly what the officer asks him to do, even if the officer is not very nice.
Two friends of mine within the past week have been pulled over by police officers. The reason that they were both pulled over was because a car was ‘riding their bumper’ at night on a long stretch of road in Virginia and North Carolina. The road does not have street lights. They were not the only cars on the road, but there was not much traffic. Both friends looked in the rear view and saw a car ‘racing’ up behind them and traveling Close Behind. They both sped up a bit and were both pulled over and given traffic violations for speeding. I asked them if they got the officer’s name and badge number and they had not. They were afraid. They sped up 7 – 10 miles over the posted speed limit. I suggested that they both go to court even though it will be inconvenient to take off work and tell the judge what happened. To me, that is harassment.
About ten years ago in Virginia there was a highly publicized event. A stalker that killed women was impersonating a police officer. He would pull over women and then kill them. He was finally caught. Because of that, I always ask for their badge number and name when I am pulled over which is often. I don’t know why they pull over an old lady like me but they do. A man told me I drive a car that is known for carrying drugs….sheesh! A crown vic..Anyway, if I were on a lonely stretch of road, poorly lighted, and a car zoomed up on me, I would change lanes, brake, and let them pass. If they changed lanes too, I would do the posted speed limit until I arrived at a lighted area. If the car was a police car, I would have asked for his badge number and name and reported him. Unfortunately the two friends that were pulled over are young and they probably did not think of it. It’s hard to think what to do when on the road these days. People are acting so unhinged and it’s very scary.
Four months ago I supplemented my income as a night nanny to a couple that both worked nights and came home in the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes I would sleep over, other times I would go home about 3:00 a.m. or 4:00 a.m. I was pulled over for no reason by a policeman. I turned on my interior light and reached in the glove box for my registration. The police asked for ID and registration. He told me Not to reach in my purse. How was I to get my ID? I put both hands on the wheel, and asked him, “How should I show you my ID”? “It’s in my wallet, which is in my purse”. (Should have been obvious). I asked him for his name and badge number and county he represented. He was not happy I asked him, but he did give me the information. He asked me what I was doing on the roads at this hour of the morning. I told him, and he seemed confused as to what a ‘night nanny’ was, so I referenced the movie, ‘Nanny McPhee’, and he seemed to figure it out. He shined his ridiculously bright flashlight in my car and told me to carefully reach for my wallet, which I did. I took it out and gave him my license. He then asked me to open my trunk. I did. He flashed his light on the inside of my car as well as my trunk. I thought it was so funny because the trunk was full of junk that I carry around. He ran my plates and such and came back and let me go on my way. I really don’t know why I was pulled over, but I did everything he Asked. I admit, I was a bit nervous.
A few weeks later, I was coming home from my night nanny job at about 3:00 a.m. There is a fast food restaurant in a town that I had to drive through that was open 24 hours. I stopped for coffee, knowing I had almost 45 minutes until I got home. I was tired. I exited the restaurant properly, went to a red light. The light turned green and I turned right. The next thing I know, about a mile later or so, blue lights were flashing behind me. I did not pay him any attention because I was doing the speed limit. The police car rushed upon my rear bumper and I realized with a shock that I was being pulled over Again. I waited until there was a safe place to pull over and did so. He asked for license and registration. I handed them over and asked for his badge number and name and county. He grudgingly gave me the information. I asked him why I was pulled over. He said I did ‘an illegal U-Turn’. I knew For A Fact I Did Not. I told him so, very calmly. I also told him I have lived in this area for twenty years and there was No Way and No Where to make a U Turn. He listened to me grudgingly and realized he was Wrong but did not admit it of course. He let me go.
Anyway, I have recently asked #3 how to ‘live stream’ a traffic stop and she showed me. I am not African American, but one can’t be too careful these days. I think the police are afraid too, just like we are. They are afraid of being shot, and should probably be, since so many people are carrying weapons these days.
Even though the officer asked me what I was doing on the road, (which was none of his business really), pulled me over for no apparent reason, and was rude, I did what he asked. This is just the easiest way to handle a traffic stop in these dangerous times.