To all readers:
You may have seen countless television shows about the police involved in arrests of bank robbers, rapists, and participating in shootouts. But most police officers’ time is spent on traffic stops and domestic calls. This particular article will deal with traffic stops. While a police officer, I probably stopped thousands of vehicles for various traffic violations, including stopping vehicles appearing suspicious. I will get straight to the point as to how to increase your chances of getting out of an impending ticket, as this space I have been alloted is small. The things I’m about to reveal were taught in the police academy.
First, pull over as soon as possible, as soon as you hear a siren or see the lights. Why? Police officers are taught that most drivers with guns or illegal contrabands need time to dispose of them. You will greatly relax the officers’ vocational and natural suspicions if done. Next, try your best to get out of your vehicle before he gets out of his vehicle. But you must have your hands in plain view. Why? Police officers know that a fugitive or criminal wants to put the police in an awkward position by having the officer approach his territory. Besides, most if not all criminals instinctively do not want to approach any situation if they are wrong.
Think of it like this. When you stole a cookie or anything from anybody, you would never “seek” out, be led to, or want to be anywhere near the authority in question. This is a natural, humanistic behavior. As you approach the police vehicle, you will notice that he will quickly exit his unit. This is good police training. He cannot be at a disadvantage. Next, and this is the most important point, voluntarily say to the officer that you already know that you are wrong. Do call him or her sir or ms., and be as cooperative as you can.
When the officer asks for your insurance papers, or registration papers, like most owners, they will be kept in your glove compartment. Ask nicely, “Sir, the items are in my glove compartment, would you like to retrieve them?” This will assure the officer that you have nothing to hide such as a weapon or illegal contraband. Most owners do not follow these rules. They are too consumed about their rights and dignity. A police officer has wide discretions. What difference does it make to succumb to his few minutes of power? Get out of the ticket, arrive home safe, and keep your insurance rates low. Obey the law and be safe.