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Stopped by the Police last night

Last night while in Canon City, Colorado I got stopped by the local police. I was in a residential district just off one of the main roads not far from the highway. I saw the cruiser in my rear view mirrors but gave it no mind until he lit up the Christmas tree and pulled me over. I had a sneaking suspicion that he was going to scold me for my tail light that was out and sure enough that is what the stop was all about. He approached the vehicle with caution and we had a nice conversation about my tail light. I told him I was honked at in town at a stop light and I rolled down my window to see what was up and the nice man told me my light was out and I thanked him and went on my way. I also declared my Concealed Carry Firearm which I always do. I had always heard horror stories about stops in Canon City and how you might not get treated the best when from out of town. But on this occasion that was far from the truth. He was a very polite young man and when I declared my firearm he asked where I had it. I told him on my right hip and he just asked me not to touch during the stop. My hands were on the steering wheel the entire stop except when I was asked to provide documents.

He took my info and went back to his vehicle to check me out and in a jiffy, he was back at my window explaining how I was not going to get a citation. He gave me a card in case I got stopped again before I could get out of town and he sent me on my way. Now I know that in most situations a taillight is not going to get you a ticket. But I have heard of other crazy stories about Canon City and I'm glad to say in my case they were not true.

Look these professionals have a job to do. They just want to go home to their families just like you and I want to do. I was just reading where the most dangerous thing they do is traffic stops. The second most dangerous is domestic violence calls. You have got to handle yourself professionally and they will do the same. I was glad that this officer seemed to be well trained and he is definitely an asset to his community. We all know these types of things happen, and you should be prepared for them. One thing I like to do is have my documents on my visor in a holder so that they are easily accessible. This was not the case in this vehicle they were in the glove box which I think is a mistake. What if when I opened that glove box something rolled out on the floor that was suspicious, or was illegal. Of course, that was not going to happen in this case but in a vehicle that is not yours how do you know. Here is the kind of visor organizer I like to have.

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