alright, since i work in law enforcement and my FH is a cop and so is half my family – i feel the need to defend cops ….
while yes there are some cops out there with power trips, honestly sometimes the person being pulled over has an attitude.
i cant tell you how many times i have had someone either a) be totally rude and try to tell me how WRONG i am (sorry i know what the law is) b) try and talk me out of writing the ticket or c) either try and get out of the car, cuss me out, or otherwise act squirrelly while im trying to do my job.
sometimes people have to remember that cops on traffic stops are doing the most dangerous thing they do on a daily basis. they have no idea what they are walking into, and they have no idea of the mindset of the person they are talking to. a traffic stop can turn bad in a second. VERY bad.
so help out the officer, and when you get pulled over, follow these simple rules.
a) pull over immediately in the first safe area you see, be it a shoulder or parking lot, if you arent near something, you can always put your flashers on, slow down to a very low speed like 10mph and proceed to a safe place (especially important if you get pulled by an unmarked vehicle in a deserted locale
b) when you are waiting for the officer to approach your vehicle, DO NOT make any weird movements in the car, no reaching for your purse, no digging in the glovebox, no moving around – they cant tell ifyou are looking for your license or a gun. if you have an interior light, feel free to flick that on so they can see you.
c) wait for the officer to talk to YOU, and listen. follow all their directions. if they tell you to remain in the vehicle, do it. just because the person has to go back to their car, does not mean you are automatically getting a ticket – sometimes it takes time for your registration informaton to come back to them, and they also have to run your license info away from the car.
d) cops hate it when people tell them “dont you have something better to do?” or anything along those lines. they pulled you over for a reason. if by chance you feel that reason is unjustified, fine, save it for court and justify it there, the judge can dismiss it, arguing with a cop will get you nowhere. and will discredit you in court.
e) if you were wrong just say it. if you believe you were in the right, say it, but Politely!!!! and once. if they dont change their mind then, they wont after you repeat it fifty times.
f) if you feel the officer was inappropriate (because again, there are bad apples everywhere) call their department and voice your complaints.
in the end, realize that the officer that ispulling you over is in a very unique position, and dealing with a difficult driver hightens that situation 🙂
*stepping off soapbox*