Both sides of the coin:
--Oh, not again, again! Another IMPD officer has been nabbed operating a vehicle in such wise as to attract the attention of the State Police and to subsequently merit an arrest for driving drunk. To his (scant) credit, he was in his own vehicle and on his own time. Still, arrested and handcuffed seems a poor way to get into a treatment program. Try harder, IMPD.
--There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. While it's easy to get all huffy and whiny 'cos Officer Friendly pulled you over for a burned-out license plate lamp and had the unmitigated gall to have unsnapped the retention strap of his sidearm and actually -- ohmiGawrsh, Becky! -- had his hand restin' on it when he came up to tellya, "License & registration, please," consider the examples cited and remember police are not mind-readers. While I'd take exception to looking down the barrel over a traffic ticket, I don't fault anyone who walks into an unknown situation with their hand ready to draw. There's some bad people out there and their taillights burn out, too.
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