I left out this morning and I had the baby with me, so I did like any sensible father and put the car seat in the McLaren, rear-facing and according to instructions, and made sure the air bags were disabled on her side (the system does it automatically but I checked anyway). Once all was squared away, we took off. There was no drama, the ride is very supple, and soon we reached the local school zone. I slowed down to the zone limit, and all was good. Until I reached the officer and he looks down into the car, because it rides so low, and I give a friendly wave. Two miles up the road I get pulled over. The officer asks for my paperwork, I provide it, then he asks if I know why he pulled me over (why do they always do that?) and I shake my head, even though I have a sneaking suspicion why.
"Did you know the passenger airbag could kill your child if it's deployed?" I replied, "Yes, that's why it's disabled on her side." Undaunted, he continues, "Do you believe this car is safe to transport a small child?" I replied, "Yes, the carbon fiber mono-cell she and I are sitting in is 5x stronger than steel and the car's impact safety rating is higher than your Dodge Charger's. Further, the safety belt restraint capacity is 3x the DOT requirement and stronger than in a Mercedes E-class." He grimaces, "I think you're trying to be smart with me." I shook my head, "No, I'm explaining that this car is completely safe for commuting with an infant. The only danger she's in right now is from catching pneumonia, because I'm talking with you with my window down." He gets angrier, "You're a funny man". I let out a long sigh and look into his eyes. "Do you want to see who funny I can be in a conference call with police chief Rausch and mayor Burchett?" That calmed him down. "I'm only concerned about the child's safety, there's no need for threats." I keep staring at him. "I appreciate your concern and diligence, but as I've not broken any laws, and my baby is getting cranky (she was starting to complain about the cold), it's best if I continue on my way. Yes?" At that, he hands back my stuff, gets back in his car, and slowly drives off.
And yes, he did still have peach fuzz on his chin, probably a recent academy grad. Being a cop doesn't mean you can just pull people over for no good reason and be the town nanny.