Had just gotten off work at about 7:15pm and I guess I was in a bit of a hurry to get home. Got pulled over by an officer from Plano PD as I was headed north on Coit between Parker & Spring Creek. The officer was as professional and courteous as he could be. The amount of the infraction warranted a ticket, but I only received a verbal warning. Needless to say I'm very happy with the encounter. The young man even made mention that he appreciated how I handled the stop and that it makes him less apprehensive once he sees the CHL. A small amount of chit-chat and I was on my way. This particular Plano PD officer gets two thumbs up.
Now a question for the LEO's: I was heading north on Coit when he pulled in behind me and lit me up. Since Coit is a major thoroughfare, I slowed and proceeded to turn right at the next residential street, then pulled over when he had room to pull in behind me. My thought process was to get out of the heavy traffic flow where it would be safer for all involved. Now as I said, the officer was pleasant and didn't give me any indication that I'd done anything wrong. After getting home, I began to wonder if me turning onto the side street could have been viewed as being LESS safe for the officer? I was always taught to "get stuff out of the way of moving traffic" but, especially in the dark, could this have added some level of concern to him?
Thoughts are appreciated. And yes, I was asked if I was armed, I replied "yes sir, in my right waistband" -and no he didn't make any further mention or ask me to disarm.