In Reply to: Traffic stop advice . . . . might work for you posted by ///ptm3 on June 19, 2000 at 17:01:29:
Most cops do not make the money to justify the risks they take on a regular basis. Then what motivates them? Of course it is partly the honor of doing good in the world but in my personal opinion they simply want their ego's stroked a bit. If you show them the utmost respect(this includes respecting their intelligence!) and sincerety in many cases they will see that their time could be served more effectively elsewhere and if they do write you a ticket it will be minimal. By gaining this respect in a work environment which revolves around problems in a society which lacks respect on many levels, their ego's are effectively stroked and it is usually to positive effects to you.
Also it's important to speed responsibly. Cops can appreicate our need for speed and they are also a little more amicable when you are speeding safe. For exaple weaving through slower traffic or flying through a residential area as opposed to opening her up on a clear road.
Helps if you act a little intimidated depending on the cop too ...especially women cops ; )
And if you really must get crazy, find a road or area you know and do a test run at low speeds to make sure there will be no surprises. A little help from Mr. Valentine is always a good thing too!
10+ stops, 2+ tickets, always minimal(seatbelt, etc., worse was "failure to yeild...")
: 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,