How to deal with a traffic stop and avoid further trouble

Part of the war on cops has to do with traffic stops. Some people want major reform on traffic stops. They are likely people pissed off about the ticket they got recently. One proposal is to hire unarmed citizens to effect traffic stops.

That’s just the latest nutty idea by deranged leftists.

Traffic stops can be dangerous to police officers and should only be made by highly trained officers willing to risk their lives. Traffic stops and domestic calls are the situations where cops may get shot or killed. The idea that unarmed government workers would be willing to do this is doubtful, at least if they have a brain in their heads.

What might help is to train citizens how to respond to the officer at your driver-side door. How a citizens responds often will determine whether he or she gets a citation or just a warning. I don’t know what percentage of drivers respond with anger, mild or otherwise, but I believe that everyone of them will be cited every time.

Of course, there are cops who love putting their authority on display and that can be aggravating. It’s no excuse to respond with anger because you just cannot win an argument on the side of the road. I have filed complaints against officers on a very few occasions [like maybe once] and in each one the cop was found to have been acting outside of department policy. That hurts a career every time.

Filing a complaint against a cop is not to be taken lightly. I recommend not doing it unless you have a strong case to make for it.

When I was younger I was a speedster and so got stopped more than a few times. I seldom got a ticket outside a large city where all traffic enforcement is for profit. You just have to know how to handle the situation.

I’m general counsel for a police agency so maybe I’m prejudice, but I never ever flaunt that fact. Most times when I’ve been stopped the matter is concluded without the cop ever knowing of my affiliation. I’m not a sworn officer so it probably would not make a difference anyway.

One more thing.

If you want to ask the DA to dismiss or lower the offense, that decision may depend on the notes the cop leaves on the back of the ticket. You never see those, but the DA does. I’ve got tickets reduced or even dismissed because the cop wrote good things about me.

A common question you may get from the officer who stops you on the road might be, “Do you know why I stopped you?” Here’s is my answer, “I was probably going too fast.” Or, “I might have made a turn where I wasn’t supposed to.”

Another common question you might get is, “Do you know how fast you were going?” Of course you do. But don’t give the officer a specific number. You make it hard  for him (or her) to give you a warning when you’ve just confessed it all. Instead, say something like this: “I’m not exactly sure but I must have been going too fast or you wouldn’t have pulled me over.”

Avoiding conflict is the way to get through this life with the least difficulty.

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