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Traffic stop advice . . . . might work for you (archive)

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Posted by ///ptm3 on June 19, 2000 at 17:01:29:

I thought I would pass on some potentially useful information, because these few techniques have gotten my out of three tickets in the past year.

Yesterday I got caught running a red light @ 65 mph.

The unmarked cop was making a right onto the same road. F#ck me!! (You know that heart-dropping-down-to-your-stomach feeling you get when pulled over.) Trying to play it cool, I slowed it down to the speed limit and continue my planned route. I saw that he had his grill lights going, so I knew he was after me.

He caught up to me at the next red light where I was making a left. He attempted to get out of the car in the middle of the turning lane. Out of courtesy, I rolled down the window and told him I'd pull over at the gas station across the street so it would be safer for him.

It was dusk, so I stopped in a well-lit area where he didn't have any trouble seeing through my tint. I made sure to leave the seat belt on until he reached the window. Why? Because I've gotten a ticket before where I had taken it off too soon to get my license out of my back pocket and the cop didn't see it on prior to the stop (WTF!?).

I asked permission to reach my license and registration in the glove compartment. After doing these few non-threatening techniques, his attitude became very friendly. "Why did I pull you over?" I replied, "Because I had taken my eyes off the road adjusting my stereo and ran that red light." Then he asked the usual if I had any recent tickets (which I didn't thankfully).

He then went back to the car, I guess to verify all my information (and that I didn't have any warrants for my arrest). When he came back, he said that he appreciated me being honest with him and let me go.

Moral of the story:

"9 times out of 10 it's better to be straight up w/ a cop than dick him around like Johnny Cochran."

Just in case,
Paul


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