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Old 04-03-2010, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Typically, cops aren't pricks. They are just doing their job, even though it may be unpopular. Most regular cops don't really care for running radar, either, as they feel it's a waste of time, and the danger level is high.

Also of note - if you carry concealed, tell them. My friend keeps a .45 in his center console, and if he gets pulled over, it's one of the first things he tells them, that he has a gun in the car and is licensed to carry it.
There are some who are, but most aren't. It's a tough job, and they have to deal with a lot of stuff that the rest of us avoid. I tend to give them the benefit of any doubt. I'd rather have them on my side than against me. And I don't take it personally if one of them gives me ticket that I deserve (and that's been the case with all of them).
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:33 PM
 
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Wow, you're lucky he didn't change the warning to a ticket right then and there.
You're right, I was VERY lucky. My mouth was like that A LOT, along with just generally bad decision making, until my wife had enough of it and the impact it was having on our child's life in some form or another. In the past year, the fact that I have learned to SHUT MY MOUTH, to temper my temper, is the biggest change I've experienced in my life. Do I still get hot and bothered about some things? Yes, I do, but I fully appreciate the gift I have now of being able to consider how what I say and do affects others.
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:43 PM
 
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I've been pulled over about half a dozen times, so I pretty much knew everything that was in that article. The important thing when you get pulled over is to put the officer at ease quickly, so he recognizes that it will be just a routine traffic stop and not something more serious. That means keeping hands visible on the steering wheel, remaining in the car, and telling him before you do anything, such as go into the glove box. It's also a good idea to remove sunglasses so he can see your eyes, and to turn off any music that's playing.
And be courteous, I "sir" or "officer" the absolute hell out of them.
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Hernando, FL
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Another thing I find helpful in dealing with them is don't lie to them; they are not stupid and have heard every excuse in the book. I'm not a habitual speeder but have gotten out of a couple of tickets in my life by just shooting straight with them and not making up excuses.

At least 9/10 times they seem to ask "Do you know why I pulled you over?" How you respond to that question is usually going to determine whether the outcome is going to be favorable for you or not.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:05 AM
 
Location: silver springs
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Jim Carrey comes to mind.....pulled over by a cop in the movie,"Liar,Liar"........he had an answer to that question
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I know what the cop is thinking in the photo with the link. "Boy, she's hot. I'f I work this right, I can get a piece of that action."

The article itself tells me absolutely nothing about what a cop is thinking when he pulls me over, except that he is thinking about what to do if I shoot at him, or speed away, or if I'm a felon. What a waste of reading time.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:29 AM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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There are some who are, but most aren't. It's a tough job, and they have to deal with a lot of stuff that the rest of us avoid.
That's a good point but in my personal experience it tends to be the cops with the tougher jobs that are more reasonable to deal with. City cops who have to deal heavily with violent people that are generally associated with poverty, drugs and a relatively lawless habitat are typically more able to quickly discern who is actually a true threat from those who are clearly not. I have definitely met more knuckle headed power tripping people with a gun and a badge than I have true officers of the law who's primary goal is to serve their community and take care of the rotten eggs.

It's all really too bad because American society has developed this fear and reverence for police officers... I mainly see them as people who can potentially cost me time and money. Yeah sure, they do good things and save lives but they don't deserve any more of my respect than I would give to a medical doctor, paramedic, caretaker, engineer or any other person that deals with the preservation of human life.
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: CasaMo
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I always keep my registration and insurance in the little owner's booklet so if I do get pulled over, I know exactly where they are.
That's a good idea. One time, I had to dig for mine and decided that was the last time. I keep it attached to my sun visor.
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Old 04-04-2010, 03:03 PM
 
Location: southern california
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speeding tickets are not minor speeding gets people killed.
happy easter
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Old 04-04-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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speeding tickets are not minor speeding gets people killed.
happy easter
The dangers of speeding is relative to the vehicle your driving in. I'm sure back in the 1800's people would make comments like you just have if they heard of a chuck wagon going over 15mph.
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