Monday, March 15, 2010

15 March 2010,
Ah, the last day off before I head back to work for another set of days on. Last Tuesday I experienced for only the second time in my 13 years of law enforcement a traffic stop initiated by the violator. Yes, while traveling on I-44 Interstate I got behind a vehicle that was going a bit faster than the posted speed limit. He noticed me in his rear view mirror and changed lanes. Obviously he was unaware of my intentions to change lanes anyway as I was about to exit off of I-40. As soon as I changed lanes and was again behind him he turned on his flashers and began to pull onto the shoulder. Well, I had the notion of what he was doing and just to make sure he wasn't braking down I pulled off onto the shoulder also and turned on my emergency lights. I walked up to the drivers door and he was already gathering his state driver's license and insurance forms. I asked him if everything was alright and he stated, " I know I was speeding". I said yes he was and since he was aware of it to slow down and then got back in my car. I think I left him a bit puzzled but I insist that regardless to how many tickets I might write, if I can change the driving mentality if just while I'm present I've done my job.
Mrs. Dub was complaining Sunday about Daylight Savings Time, commenting on how much she hates it and hates losing that hour of sleep. I had to remind her that since we stayed in bed till almost 10 am, that I didn't think she lost any of it. I don't think she agrees.
I took both of the girls to the gun range today. Miss Dub has been chomping at the bit to go and shoot. I can even get her to clean my guns with less hassle than feeding the horses. I brought the whole armament of the pistols, shotgun and AR-15's. This was their first time with the rifles and shotguns. We got some practice in on the paper targets and then I turned them loose on the steel targets. Everyone loves these as you get the "tink" sound when you hit the target. Later in the afternoon we went and saw the new "Alice in Wonderland", 3D of course. Johnny Depp has the problem of overacting so I didn't understand some of what he said but I thought the whole movie was great.
Be safe and have a great day.


julius said...

goog job!!!

W.C.Camp said...

You are a good guy. Main thing on the roads is safety. If people are pushing the rules and acting foolishly then they need to be cited. But in many cases, just a reminder IS just the right medicine. I was stopped along a park road which was posted 30 after turning off a main highway at 50 mph. Notionally I was going at 40. An officer stopped me and reminded me that it was a park road and people are about and I need to reduce my speed. Whenever I turn on that park road (and even other similar situations) I reduce speed and look for the limit. That policeman probably saved me a lot of tickets and maybe hurting someone JUST with a reminder. Keep up the good work. -W.C.C.

Wade Huntsinger said...

Well, teaching that sweet youngun how to defend herself with an AR 15, sweet. What a great family you guys are and we miss seeing y'all. Keep on trucking, I hope to finish my Masters in 2011 but with all going on it's a challenge I know. We had our first day of upper 60's and it was so nice. I hear y'all got more snow in the last day or so. Hating that!

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Silver Strands said...

hahaha! I wish all cops were as good/kind as you. Great story.


26.2 said...

SFC Dub,

I like your blogs. I wish to say Hi to you someday on I-40. Of course, I don't mean off the shoulder with your squad car behind me.

I remember Ft. Devens. I had my NCO leadership training there. It was last century. Thank you for bring up old faded memory.