I haven't posted much at all here but tonight was interesting, so I thought I would share my thoughts. I was on my way back home from picking up some dinner, keeping up with the flow of traffic. I wasn't paying particular attention to my speed, just keeping up with everyone. I don't usually speed, and if I do, it is usually only 5 mph over.
Well like I said, I was on my way back home on a pretty busy two lane road. I was behind a car who was going at least as fast as I was. All of a sudden I get blue lighted. I wasn't sure if the cop had a call he was trying to get to so I just pulled off the side of the road (two lane road). I guess the car I was behind thought the same thing because that driver also pulled over but then left when they realized the cop was after me.
Once I realized I was getting pulled, I pulled off the road and tried to do everything I could to make the police officer as comfortable as possible. I turned my car off, rolled my windows down, turned on my interior light, and put my hands on the steering wheel. The police officer approached my driver side window and said "good evening....etc." I live in Florida, and to my knowledge, it is not a state where you have to notify a LEO that you are carrying. However, I thought maybe it would show professionalism and consideration on my part by informing him, rather than him somehow finding out on his own.
So I tell him that I have a license to carry a concealed weapon, and ask him what he would like me to do. He instructs me to exit my car and put my hands on the roof. I complied and he removed my handgun and instructed me to walk back to his car and put my hands on the hood.
With all of that taken care of, he comes back to his car and asks me if I know why he pulled me over. I said I didn't. He said he clocked my going quite a bit over the posted speed limit, which immediately struck me as odd when he told me the speed. Something didn't add up, I wasn't going any faster than anyone else, and my butt speedometer didn't indicate the speed that he clocked me at. But, if that is truly how fast I was going, I'm guilty and it was my fault.
This whole time, I was completely cooperative and polite. After he informed me of my violation, he asked for my drivers license and ccw permit. I presented these and he retrieved something from his car. Then he asked a question that made me pretty certain that he was not a fan of law abiding citizen ccw. He asked something along the lines of "I just want to ask you why you feel like you need to carry a gun. I mean I know it's your right and all". I said that alot of bad things happen and cited the recent murder of a young woman in the area. It seemed like he had the attitude of "yea you have the right to carry but you don't really need to and shouldn't". He issued me my citation and then I went on my way.
This is the very first ticket I have had in my entire life. I feel like I am a considerate, law abiding citizen. I thought that informing the LEO that I was carrying was the right thing to do, but in this case, I honestly think it made things worse. Yes I may have been speeding, but I really believe that me lawfully exercising my rights made him all the more willing to write me a ticket. In a way, it makes me want to not carry anymore, or at least not bother with informing the LEO.
Anyone have similar experiences?