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Can Your Boot Laces Be Deadly?(Secure - Login Required)


I learned this the hard way the other night and, luckily, it was not a life or death situation. I was backing one of my department's plain clothed drug investigation officers on a traffic stop in a notorious part of town and when I went to step out of my patrol vehicle my left foot would not move. Looking down, I realized that my bootlace (which was double-tied) was wrapped around the emergency brake pedal. It took about 15 crucial seconds to free my foot. I'm sure you can think of several deadly scenarios that could happen to an officer in this situation.

From now on, when I'm wearing Class A uniform trousers (which I was wearing that night) or BDU's tucked into my boots, I will always tuck my laces into my boots.

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