Doing Their Best to Protect Us
Friday night I got pulled over by the Southern Pines police. It turns out that I saw him behind me and was so concerned about coming to a full and complete stop at the stop sign I forgot to use my turn signals. My initial reaction was probably the same as yours would have been: “You have got to be kidding.”
But as he asked me to get out of the car and was questioning me, I realized a couple of things. I had just dropped a friend off in a not-so-good area of Southern Pines. He patrols that area and saw a newer model car he did not recognize zip in and out of the area. He was doing his job and doing it well. Here are my other take-aways.
One, I had no fear in talking to him, nor did it concern me that he asked me for my ID. I have valid tags, insurance and license, I have no criminal cases pending, and generally am a law-abiding citizen. If you have done nothing wrong, you should have nothing to fear from law enforcement.
Two, these men and women put their lives on the line to protect us. In just the last week several police officers have been killed in the line of duty and several more wounded. We sleep in peace at night because these officers risk their lives for us.
As it turns out I got away with a warning, but I wanted to thank the officers for doing their jobs and doing the best they can to protect all of us.
So the next time you encounter a police officer, think about these things. The next person that officer encounters may not be as law-abiding as you are.
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