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Mon Apr 26, 2021, 05:55 PM

46. About 8 years ago, I was taking my son somewhere

Deputy had pulled a car over and motorists were moving into the left lane, as I always do and is now FL law. Don't know what I was thinking, maybe I was in a hurry, but I shifted into the right lane near where the cop had the car pulled over.

He flagged me down. I pulled over, realizing my mistake immediately. I was fully prepared to abjectly apologize because I was wrong.

When he came to my window he started screaming at me - I mean eyes bulging, veins popping. I don't recall what he screamed at me but he succeeded in terrifying me and annoying me at the same time. I told him I'd made a mistake, I apologized and he let me (white woman, of course) go.

I was shaking as I drove away and hoped that poor other driver didn't pay the price with a larger ticket or something.

Again, at that point, it wasn't a law in Florida to move to the left, just a suggestion and courtesy. Still, I get the danger to LEOs in that kind of situation. What could have been a teaching moment, especially to my then early HS son, turned into a demonstration of an officer losing control at a traffic stop.

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