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You get pulled over a lot. Slow down and quit running stop signs.


With a CDL if you have been pulled over that many times and still drive you must get out of a decent amount of tickets.

What are you doing that you get pulled over that many times?


Rule 1: Respectful.

Rule 2: Respectful AS HELL.

Rule 3: Seriously man, this guy has a gun. Save the jokes for later.

Rule 4: He's nervous, he doesn't know if YOU have a gun too.

Rule 5: Shut up. Say nothing except a direct, honest answer to any question. Don't volunteer anything except what is listed below.

Rule 6: Before he gets to your car, have the window down (I don't care how cold/hot/rainy it is), and your hands parked at 10 and 2 on the wheel.

Rule 7: When he asks for license and registration/proof of insurance, clearly acknowledge the request, tell him where they are (license is in my wallet, it is in my left pocket, registration is in the glove box, etc). Get them. Move slowly, but not in a smartass way, in a no-sudden-moves way.

Rule 8: Seriously, he has a gun. Don't dick around.


@stile99: It definitely depends on how much crime there is where you live. Doing all that in a small rural town will get you treated like a criminal - because you're acting like one.


That many times and you do not know how to act? Sounds like you need LESS practice.


In my best Eddie Haskell voice, I say, "Good morning (or afternoon, or evening), Mr. Officer. You look very nice today."
And then I continue to compliment him about anything else I can think of. (Did you know that Eddie Haskell became a cop?)


@stile99: You sound experienced as well. That, or you watch a lot of cop shows. :)


If he takes your license to run a check on it and you have a concealed carry permit, inform him that you have a permit. His next question will be "Is a weapon in the vehicle?". The permit is going to come up when he runs the license, and it's better if he knows beforehand.

the Speeders Guide to Avoiding Tickets
Written by an Ex- NY state trooper. I read it back in the 90's and it's pretty much all common sense.

For me personally, it depends on the reason for the stop. If I know I was speeding or running a light/stop-sign, I'm respectful as all hell, I turn on the dome light right as I'm coming to a stop and keep my hands clearly visible on the steering wheel until the cop knocks on the window. Acting like you don't know what you did wrong will only annoy the cop, as that implies he/she is STUPID. They know exactly what you did, as do you.

Now, if I know I didn't do anything wrong, I'll be sure to take mental notes of everything going on, or even start shooting video on my celphone. If you plan to fight the citation in court, DON'T let the cop know that, as it will make them start taking more detailed notes as well! I'll still keep things civil, but I won't give unneeded info out.


In cases where it's a routine traffic stop where you were actually doing something wrong, the reason you want to behave as pointed out by @stile99 above is that it keeps the cop calm. If he's calm, he's more likely to let you off with a warning. If you suddenly reach for the glove compartment, his heart rate and adrenalin just skyrocketed, and any chance of getting off with a warning is long-gone.

finally, if it's one of those fake-ass sobriety checkpoints I'll give license, registration, and insurance info and that's it. I'll tell them I'm respectfully sticking to my 5th amendment rights and not answering any other questions. Whether I'm stone-cold-sober or had a few drinks.

Now, if I ever come across one of those ridiculous and unconstitutional immigration roadblocks that are hours away from the border, I HOPE I do what this guy did


@stile99: I'd add one thing to your list.

If it's dark outside (even dusk or dawn) I'd include turning on the interior light if you can easily do it without looking like you're hiding something.


As others have stressed, be respectful.

Accept that you are probably getting a ticket.

No sudden movements.

Ask questions, but don't admit to anything.

Personally, I make sure that after I pull to the side, I switch over to N.W.A.'s "F*ck tha Police" or R.A.T.M.'s "Killing in the Name" on my mp3 player. Obviously at a low volume, you know, to be respectful.


Guarded politeness. In the last 10 years, I've been stopped for BS reasons, all 'fishing expeditions'. Keep hands where they can see 'em, and, as irritating as these things are, be patient- a stop here where your license is collected will keep you occupied for 20 minutes, even though they know all there is to know in the first minute.
I answer questions while volunteering nothing.


Depends why you were stopped. But it never hurts to remember rule number 1.

Rule number 1. NEVER NEVER talk to the police. Give them what they ask for ID, Insurance, Registration. But say nothing. Nothing you say can help you. 99% of the time it can only hurt you.


I have been stopped a few times, but never given a ticket because I wasn't breaking a law.

That said, be alert. If you notice a police officer is possibly following you (they can be obvious), don't pull into traffic when only one car can get through. For example, if you are exiting a parking lot, wait until there is enough room for at least two cars to safely get out, so that when the lights go on you can safely get back in the lot.

Also, I agree with everything @stile99 said except one thing: Don't be respectful because they have a gun. Be respectful because this person risks their life everyday with nothing more than a badge as "real" protection. So show respect because their lives are constantly on the line so that you can safely get from point a to b without worry and they deserve our respect, and recognize that each time they pull someone over, they risk being attacked or killed. They aren't doing it to "get you." So show the same respect you would ask for in that situation.


Calm, polite, and non-confrontational. Answer any questions, but don't volunteer any information or try to chat. Any arguing should be done by your lawyer in court, not by you during the stop.


Apply for a federal grant on patrol officer psychology and test this question using the scientific method. Once you have developed a hypothesis and tested it, write a book and sell it to others. May as well make some money writing since driving obviously isn't your best talent.


Depends on why I'm being stopped.

If I know i did something wrong then I'm cool and respectful.
When I get stopped for no reason other than them harassing me I tend to turn into a dick.
Example: On my way to Gamestop about 11:30pm to get Medal of Honor at the midnight launch. Pass a cop under the bridge and he whips around, follows me for a min and stops me claiming I didn't use my turn signal within 100 feet of the stop sign. (Total BS! I always signal)
He come up and I was cool and respectful at first. Gave him my ID and insurance. He asked if I know why he stopped me, I said no. He gave me the BS and I said ok. Wasn't going to argue.
Goes and runs my ID comes back and ask me to get out of the car. This is where I start getting upset. Tells me to walk back to his car and then they pat me down and search me. Pulls my phone out of my pocket and THROWS it on his hood. I said, HEY, that's $200 if you break it. I'm mad now.



Ask to search the car and I said go ahead. I got nothing to hide.
Takes my keys and starts fumbling around and I try to be nice and tell him which key it is and he says "SHUTUP! I'LL FIGURE IT OUT!" His partner then puts me in the backseat.
Now I'm livid! Never been in a cop car before and this was a BS reason. I start swearing and screaming and talking mad shit in the backseat.
They come back, tell me I'm free to go. No ticket, no warning, nothing. Just a waste of 20 mins and raised my blood pressure.

On the way home I passed them again and as we passed they hit the brakes like he was about to come at me again, but kept going.

I am respectful of police, but not when they think they can do what they want. I called and complained the next day. Haven't seen them in my neighborhood since.


@wickedd365: No way of knowing, but it is possible that you or your vehicle fit the description of someone they were looking for. Not that it makes it right to mistreat you, but it is possible something else was going on.

My father, 80+ at the time, was pulled over late at night. He had my mother and my two children in the car with him. Turns out someone reported a red car similar to his for driving erratically. It wasn't my dad, but they were just doing what they needed to do. My kids, by the way, thought it was the funniest thing ever.


Not sure. That's what I was thinking too. I asked if they where looking for someone and I got nothing.
Very possible, but like you said, no reason to be rude like they where.


I agree with @stile99:. I in 2 years I was issued about 20 warning tickets and I did exactly as stated by @stile99: and all but 1 were warnings. 16-18 years old. One time I argued, because he turned around and followed me in his family car, and I knew he did not have proof I was speeding (3 warnings in 1 there). Crying does not work.

And GROW UP AND DRIVE BETTER, I was 16-18 years old what is your excuse?


Never, ever, EVER consent to a search. I don't care if you're Mother Theresa and you know for a fact the only thing in your vehicle is prayerbooks and orphan crutches. Unfortunately, planting evidence can and does happen during pullover searches, and even if they don't go that far once you consent to a search they can impound the car and basically tear it apart (searching inside the seats, etc). Don't be afraid to politely but firmly tell a cop "no".


I would let them search, granted when I was a little kid it appears that the police actually broke our crayons and tore up our books searching my mother's car, only to find nothing... literally destroying most of the interior. Still, I would let them search. I don't need to put the officer on edge and I rather trust the officer than just assume he is a criminal, as I would like to believe he wouldn't make that same assumption about me.

As for the right to refuse search:
It comes with notes.