Folks who know me know I got a double whammy in the guardian genetics category – I’m a Navy brat and a cop’s kid. My dad was a cop. My landlord’s a cop. Several friends and neighbors are, too – active and retired. A state trooper lives right around the corner from me. A guy in my church is a sheriff’s deputy. They’re all family, friends and neighbors. They have wives, girlfriends and kids – some have grandkids. And they all face the “today might be my last” with honor and fearlessness.
What’s the most dangerous threat to a police officer? Not bullets. It’s cars. Cars driven by stupid people. Cars driven by inattentive cell-phone-talking/yelling-at-the-kids-in-the-backseat people. Human vesus moving vehicle? NOT good odds.
So do them and their families a favor. When you see an officer has pulled someone over, move into the other lane AWAY from them if there’s one available. If not, slow down and give them a wide berth. If there’s no oncoming traffic, cross that yellow line. Give them room. We’ve all seen the reality TV videos where rubber-neckers rearend or sideswipe the parked squad car with all it’s lights flashing. Don’t do that. Slow down. Move over.
Mind your own business…
Slowing down won’t kill you. NOT slowing down might kill them – or really hurt them. So watch out for the ones watching out for you.