We all have those things. Things that just rub you the wrong way. One of my things is when the media uses the term “Routine Traffic Stop”.
I could go off on a long-winded diatribe about the ‘whys’ and ‘wherefores’, but the bottom line is there is nothing routine about a traffic stop until the subject and/or I drive away with nothing more than a citation exchanged between us. Two of the most dangerous and unpredictable calls officers respond to are domestic violence detail and traffic stops. Neither of them are routine.
So…media folks…do me and the rest of us a favor. Stop using the goddamn term, will you?