I was pulled over not too long ago in West Palm Beach, Florida. Now, while I was not carrying concealed, I did have guns in the car as 3 of us were headed to South Carolina to go hunting.
It was about 6am and we were an hour into our road trip, traveling on the Turnpike, in the rain. The speed limit was 65 and I was doing 76 (according to my GPS), going with the flow of traffic. I had a tray on the back of my SUV - Hitch-Haul style - with two coolers and a 'climber' style treestand on it. Everything was secured VERY well.
While traveling on the Turnpike, a state trooper caught up to us, then, upon seeing us (and the tray), slowed down and started riding next to us. He continued to drive next to us for approximately the next 5 or 6 miles. Then, once the rain stopped, he pulled behind and turned his lights on. Of course, I pulled over where it was safe to do so, and had my drivers license, insurance, and registration ready when he got to the door.
When he walked up to my door, he asked for all the information, which I handed him. Then, without any small talk or questioning myself, went into a rant about how the tray I was using should not even be legal to sell and how it blocked my license tag and was therefore illegal. After about a 10 minute lecture on his displeasure for my tray, he then said, "AND you were going 80mph when I pulled up on you and I will be writing you a ticket for that as well."
Without asking (or waiting) for a response, he turned around, walked to his car, and came back 10 minutes later with two tickets. When he returned, he stated he was just finishing his shift, was not planning on writing any more tickets, but saw my truck with the tray and my speed and, "had to do his job."
Now, please keep in mind, I absolutely agree that I was breaking the law in the instance of both tickets and they have both been taken care of; however, I was hoping some of the LEO's on the forum could chime in and give their opinion on this 'stop.' I couldn't help but find it odd how, despite all other factors (such as me going with the speed of traffic and him going faster than me going 'home'), he followed me side by side for at least 5 to 6 miles before pulling me over.
PS: For what it's worth, in all my years of driving, this is, quite literally, the FIRST time I had ever been pulled over and had a COMPLETELY clean criminal AND driving record.
Also, for what it's worth, I did a quick google search on the officer and found he was a trooper on the TruTv show, 'Speeders.'