Posted on Dec 11, 2014
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This morning I was on my way to work when I got to spend some quality time over coffee with the local PD.

It seems that I am not dealing with some post deployment anger issues as well as I thought I was, the car in front of me at the red light just sat there when it turned green. Although I could feel my face getting hot as I "patiently" waited for him to go I finally gave the driver a friendly beep-beep to draw his attention from his cell phone so I could continue mission. We finally caught and passed the cars in the left lane and he moved over. Finally! I thought to myself "I’ll show him how to get somewhere" I mashed the "go pedal" and my 6.0 LS2 came alive, using most of the available 400 horse power the deep throaty sound from my exhaust was like a symphony in my ears. I was becoming satisfied as I quickly passed the slow car and my needle was flying passed 70 that is when I saw up ahead in the darkness the profile of a SUV and something reflective on the side...COP! I quickly took my foot of the throttle but I knew it was too late when I saw his headlights come on, as I was getting into the brakes I saw the dreadful reds & blues. I am getting a ticket right before Christmas, just great! All of these people I just passed are now passing me, grrr, stupid slow driver, it all his fault.

I pulled over and while waiting for the Policeman to catch up I started fishing out my proof of insurance, driver’s license and CHL. I turned on the interior light, rolled down the window and as the officer approached he introduced himself (I cannot remember his name now because I was thinking about the "unexpected bill" before Christmas). He asked for my documents and I handed them to him. He asked if I had my weapon in the car, I said I did, it's in the console. He studies my documents for a minute as the knot in my stomach is tightening, he scrunches up his face and says "75 in a 55, really? [Dramatic pause] Slow it down and have a good day Sergeant."

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause.

Please let this be a reminder for you to slow down, be safe and enjoy this holiday season, before your local PD has to remind you.
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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa....
Great reminder about safety, stress and class under pressure. You did the right thing once you were stopped; paperwork up front and ready. I have no doubt you were courteous. Answering honestly without rancor or sniveling - nice touch.
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SFC (Join to see) Thanks for sharing this cautionary tale. Another reason people should slow down and drive safe: It's probably the greatest threat to your life at your current age, so long as you don't OD on drugs or alcohol or take your own life.
http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/usa-cause-of-death-by-age-and-gender
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Capt Richard P. , thanks for posting that neat interactive chart. Sadly here in Texas traffic accidents are the #2 cause with 389 for males in my age group just behind suicide at 401, I am glad to poisoning went down for my group of Texans.
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A great story and it shows there's people out there looking out for you. Thanks for sharing SFC (Join to see) and be safe.
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