My first traffic stop since I got my CPL was yesterday, and it was fairly positive.
I drove my daughter to school as I do every morning, dropped her off at the door and drove about a half mile. Stopped at the traffic signal and I see the patrol car behind me. The signal turns green, I proceed on my way and a block or so later the light go on. What? I look at the speedometer, OK I'm doing 2 MPH over the limit, odd but I put on my turn signal, turn on the first side street, pull to the curb, window down, engine off, get my DL and CPL out of my wallet and wait for the officer to approach.
He starts the conversation with " You must wonder why I stopped you"(yeah I was). I held the DL and CPL where he could clearly see both and replied "Officer I'm required by law to inform you I have a CPL and I'm carrying a firearm". He counter with "you're not going to shoot me are you"(in a joking tone). He says when I stopped at the traffic signal it appeared that my left brake light wasn't working, but when I turned the corner and stopped, he could see that it was working. He suggested I press the brake pedal a few times to make sure it was working and not a possible short circuit. The lights worked fine as he checked them, and he suggested that the sun angle must have made it appear that it wasn't working, and he was sorry to bother me.
He then asked if I minded telling him what kind of firearm I was carrying. I answered "today I have my S&W Model 65". He gets a big smile and says he loves revolvers and that is a big revolver for a petite lady. Then he tells me how great it is that I carry. We ending up having a nice roadside chat about revolvers, range time and personal safety.