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Pulled over? Do's and don'ts I emloy. (long) (archive)

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Posted by MNM34D on October 03, 2000 at 15:13:44:

Because many have posted their woes after getting pulled over in recent weeks, I thought I'd share some of what I have read plus some of my own thoughts on getting pulled over. As far as the reading, I bought a book a couple of years back titled "A Speeder's Guide to Avoiding Tickets" written by Sgt. James M. Eagan, N.Y.S.P (Ret), Avon Books. It was six bucks and it has saved me from getting cited at least three times. After getting pulled over, the goals here number four:

1.) Receive no ticket.
2.) Receive a warning.
3.) Receive a reduced citation (like 64 vs 75 in a 55).
4.) Not to make a bad situation worse.

To meet these goals, here is what I keep in mind. Basically cops are driven by two forces: fear and ego. Thus, anything you can do to reduce their fear and respect their ego can only help you. Here are some do's and don'ts.


Pull over to the RIGHT shoulder in a controlled safe manner, using your turn signal. Even if this means driving half a mile, the goal is safety for you and the cop.

Pull as far over as you can without rolling into a ditch.

Leave your seatbelt buckled. It is buckled, right? If you're not buckled in, only buckle it if the cop won't see you do it. A good time is while he has to turn around to catch up to your car. You can also hide your radar detector at this time too. Just remember, if he sees you, you'll have more problems.

VERY IMPORTANT--Turn on your dome light, turn off your stereo, roll down your window and place both hands on the steering wheel. This eases the cop's fear as he can SEE you don't pose a threat. Plus, they love that respect.

Wait for the officer to walk up to your car beore doing anything else.

Greet him with a simple hi/hello. Nothing more.

WHEN ASKED to produce documents, tell the officer where you're going to grab your license/insurance from. Exple: "My insurance is in the glove box. I'll get it for you."



Pull over into the breakdown lane or left shoulder. Not only is it dangerous but it pisses cops off in a bad way.

Scramble around trying hide your radar detector, porno mags, etc. if the cop can see you. Any movements like that will make the cop think you're trying to hide a gun/crack pipe/Japanese car mag., etc.

Ask what the problem is when the officer approaches. Chances are you know what the problem is and so does he. Simply wait for his insructions.

Tell him your speedometer is broken. Get real. They hear this all the time. You're also asking for a fix-it ticket.

Tell him you were just following traffic. They hear this all the time too. Maybe you were, but you're the one pulled over. Don't make it worse by arguing.


Tell him you'll see him in court. He'll write extra notes, thus strengthening his case should you go to court.

Ask for his badge number.

Tell him you're going to sue him.

Say you're sorry. You're not. What you really mean is you're sorry you got pulled over.

Don't say "sir" every two seconds. In fact, I never use the word at all. I just try to keep it pleasant and professional.
Lastly, my book said that most cops will give you a ticket if they see you have a radar detector or laser deflector license plates regardless of how generous they feel.

These do's and don't are what I remember or generally keep in mind. Obviously, common sense and/or a V1 radar detector should keep you out of most trouble. But, if you're like me, I ignore both once in a while. In that case, I hope some of this helps.

Thanks for reading,

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