Close Encounter of the LEO kind
As I was taking my three youngest sons camping over the weekend, I had my first encounter with a LEO since I've had a CC license. This is my story...
It was around 8 AM. We had been on the road for about 45 minutes and I had traveled at a constant 70 (the posted speed limit) most of the way. As I neared the small town of Tatum, there was a fairly sharp curve and incline in the highway. Just past the crest of the hill there was a sign that didn't become visible until you topped the hill and I failed to notice a posted drop in speed to 55 until it was too late. As I passed the sign, I began to slow down but a Tatum police car was sitting just off the road as I passed and pulled out as soon as I reached the sign. My first thoughts were that I hadn't received a ticket in 30 years and "SPEED TRAP". :ahhhhh:
I pulled over and the policeman walked up to my door. As he approached, I'd turned off the engine, reached for my wallet and rolled down the window. When he reached my door, he asked to see my license, proof of insurance and said he was ticketing me for going 70 in a 55 MPH speed zone. As per Texas law, I handed him my CC license in addition to the other documents and as soon as he saw the license, he asked me if I were armed. I said I had a weapon under the drivers seat. Since I had my three sons with me, I kept my gun out of reach of prying fingers while on the road. :nono:
Anyway, the LEO said thank you and walked back to his car. He returned several minutes later and said he was giving me a warning. He then asked where we were going and what sort of weapon I had. I answered both questions then we chatted briefly about the weather (it was overcast and windy) and I said I hoped the rain held off until the next evening after our camping trip was finished. He said good luck on the camp out and to watch the speed limits. I said thanks, I would keep a better eye out and we both went our ways. :wave:
Now, I don't know if my having a CC license had anything to do with my change in fortune, but before I showed it to the local LEO I was set for a ticket and a fine. Instead, I received a warning and a pleasant chat about the weather and my gun. Was it my winning smile and gift of gab, I doubt it. Was the LEO 2A friendly and willing to give a citizen who has spent the time, effort money to legally arm himself a break? I don't know. Then again, maybe... ! ::image035: