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Busted!

“Do you know how fast you were going?” They were the first words out of this cop’s mouth when he approached my car window. There was no “hello.” No “how’s it going today.” Just a gruff demand to make sure I knew what a despicable law-breaker I was.

It was Easter afternoon. My friend Felicity and I had decided last-second to hit the outlet malls in Park City before heading to Sunday dinner. I was in a really good mood.

“85,” I said honestly. I had looked at my speedometer when I first noticed the cop. “Sorry, I just wasn’t paying attention.”

“Actually, 86,” he snapped. “License, registration, and proof of insurance.”

I handed him what he wanted and he disappeared behind us for the time being. Felicity and I utilized that time to take the awesome picture you see above. I’m a blogger. It’s what I do. Eventually he returned to my window.

“You were going 91, but I only wrote you up for 90. It’ll make a big difference in the cost of the ticket.”

Ummm…

“You said I was going 86,” I replied in a tone of self-defense, wondering why his story had suddenly changed.

He tensed even further. “I clocked you at 91 coming down the hill. You didn’t even notice me, you were too busy looking at her.”

Ummm…

“Can I see the radar please?”

He stiffened and snapped. “Look, if you wanna keep arguing, I’ll take it back to the car and write you up for the whole thing right now. I’ve never shown anybody the radar and I don’t have to do that.”

Now I was getting agitated. “Sir, when you walked up to my window, you said I was going 86. Then when you came back you said I was going 91. There’s a flaw in there somewhere.”

He then changed his story to say he clocked me at 91 coming down the hill but I was going 86 when he pulled me over.

“Look,” I said, “I’m not denying that I was speeding. I’m not a speeder as you’ll see by my flawless record, but every once in a while I don’t pay close enough attention and I get going too fast coming over a hill. Give me the ticket, but give it for the speed we both know I was going. I really don’t want to have to go into court and have to have you come into court. Can we just fix the ticket and be on our way?”

“Go ahead and fight it in court,” he taunted, and without another word he stormed back to his car.

Ugh.

I felt bad for the guy. He obviously was having a really bad day and needed to take it out on someone. I just wish it wasn’t me.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. Anybody else ever have a cop change stories on them? What’s your favorite “getting pulled over” story?

117 comments
mk19
mk19

break light out, cop pulled me over and asked me to get out of my car. I got out and he showed me that the brake light was out. I told him I knew it was out, and I was planning on getting it fixed but couldnt' find the time. The cop laughed at me and said that he was going to have to write me a ticket. I asked him if I could get something from the front of my car and he said alright. So I went and got a new bulb for the brake light from the console of the car and said "before you write me a ticket officer, would you mind changing my brake light for me?" 

He let me go with no ticket....but refused to change my brake light.

DM
DM

Was followed by a patrol car for a good 5 miles before finally being pulled over. I was not speeding or doing anything that warranted a pull over so I was surprised when I got pulled over. I was also young and didn't know what questions to ask or any at all. Cop asked me for my license, insurance, registration, etc which I gladly provided. He then went back to his car for a good 20 minutes until another unit pulled up. Finally I was asked to get out of the car and proceed to the rear. As I approached the rear another cop was using his knife to remove the registration tag from my license plate, at which point the officer told me my registration doesn't match the tags and started grilling me about who's car it was. It's my car I protested, I owned the car outright, I had the title at home. After some further grilling and stink eye, the cop finally gave my information back and told me I needed to get new registration tags. I left half thankful that I didn't get false accusations actually charged against me or who knows what else, but also pissed of that I was treated so poorly. I truly think that if my friend wasn't in the car as a witness that I would have been arrested and falsely accused of who knows what.

ElizabethJones1
ElizabethJones1

The first time I had driven a particular road,  I was pulled over for going 48 in a 40. When the officer got to the car, after taking my licence etc., He stood there laughing for at least a minute. I had just gotten a long awaited book (Shelters of Stone by Jean M Auel), and started to read it while waiting. He said this was the first time he'd seen anyone read while waiting, and that he needed the laugh.  

(I did not get a ticket)

LoriBrett
LoriBrett

I was on my way home from work in the early morning hours.Anxious to get home,  I passed a semi on a two lane road. Next thing you know the blue lights and siren. The policeman pulled me over for unsafe passing. I told him I was from Pittsburgh and that was how we drive but that I was truly sorry if he felt I was wrong than I understand. At that, he noticed I had VA plates and a PA inspection. He wrote me a ticket for no inspection. 

My day in court started with many many people with suspended license trying to get out of tickets for driving with a suspended license. After much frustration the Judge stopped court explained the situation and it's flaws. Then it was my turn.The ticketing officer told the judge what he sited me for then made the mistake of saying he didn't know if it was current or expired.  I explained my PA inspection was current but when the officer pointed out it had to be a VA inspection I went out and got it. The judge sighed relief. I understand your confusion, case dismissed.  I must confess, I knew I needed a VA inspection I was just too lazy to go get it. 

TrysWolf
TrysWolf

So I have two that really stick out.

 

The first happened when me and a friend were going home for winter break. We were worried because she had a really small car, the tires weren't great and we had to drive over a really large mountain in the snow. It wasn't very pleasant but we managed by following a semi. After making over the mountain, we turned onto a straight away and kept going. At one point, her car started to slide and she corrected only for it to slide the other way. This happened about two times and then when we slid again, we went off the road. There was already a cop in the area (another car had slid off a short way back) and he came over to deal with us. He was originally going to peg her with a reckless driving ticket, but then a semi went off the road behind us and he reduced it to speeding ticket/warning even though we hadn't been going that fast.

 

The second time, and this is with the same friend (now girldriend) in the same car, we were leaving the grocery store after a quick stop on a night without a cloud in sight and a really bright full moon. So we get going and pull out of the parking lot onto a side street when we both realize she forgot to turn her lights on (Thats literally how bright it was) so she flipped them on and we kept going. We'd been seen by a cop though so he ended up pulling us over anyway. Once we explained what happened, he let us go with a warning.

Kguch
Kguch

I had a confusing moment a good 7 years back. I made a u-turn right next to a construction site in a residential area when I was stopped. I had to go slow because the construction area was working on the asphalt and there were pebbles everywhere. And I was in my new car and did not want to get the stones hitting my car. The officer said I was going 45 in a school zone. I looked at him then looked back and said I do not understand how I was going so fast when I was making a u-turn in a construction zone. I told the office I may have been going 30 at most but there is no way I was going 45 when I was stopped at a red light right before I made a u-turn. I officer said even if I was going 30 in the area it was a school zone and the speed posted 25 while school is in session. I then told the office that it was summer and school does not start for another 4 weeks and that the school is closed right now. The office said I was right but even if the school is closed I still need to go 25 when close to a school. I then pointed at the sign that read 25 when school is in session. The office said we just want people to drive slow because school will be in session soon. I then asked to see the radar gun that showed I was going 45 off a u-turn in a construction zone. The office said he could not bring me the radar gun and that I was too far away to walk to the gun. I told him I do not understand how this happen when I have never gotten a moving violation in my life and that my family is full of police officers and I would never break a law for fear or my family finding out.  The officer then said he was going to lower the ticket to 30 in a school zone and that I would just have to pay a small fee, not even go to traffic school. He said he was giving me a break for having a spotless record. The ticket ended up being for $45.00. I then realized it was the last day of the month and my family that is in law enforcement said the guy needed to make his quota by the end of that day and I just happen to be there.  

allygator29
allygator29

When I was a sophomore I was dating a Junior who took me to Junior Winter Formal. At the end of the night we asked a friend of ours, Dallas, if he could drive me back home. On the ride back we were pulled over for running a red light. The officer made us all stand outside while he talked to us [there were too many people in the car, Dallas still had his temporary license, and we were all sitting in the front seat]. It was 15 degrees outside, and I was just wearing a cocktail dress. Eventually he let us go back into the car, but wouldn't let us start it. We were there for an hour and a half. In the end I had to call home and have my mom pick me up and my boyfriend at the time and Dallas drove separately. By the time I got home I was so cold I couldn't warm up. 

Maxiie
Maxiie

I was kinda pulled over twice for cutting in front of a police vehicle.

 

First time, 21 years old, I was in the outer lane and wanted to make a left turn at a stop light. I was at least 20 meters away from where the island starts and was going 35 since I noticed it was a police in the middle lane and I cut in front of it, with signal on, mind you. And then went to the inner lane and slowly stopped behind a bus. The police officer then stopped a bit in front of me (as the light was red) and was motioning me to go down. Being my first time that ever happened to me I mouthed back a "what?" and motioned with my hands that I didn't know what to do. Then the officer got down, went to my passenger side and I rolled my window down. He asked in an aggravated "You know what you did wrong back there?" And I said no.  He then said I could have killed someone back there with how I was driving. He asked for my drivers license and I hastily gave it to him. Saw that I was 21, gave me a warning that next time he would give me a ticket for wreck-less driving and added I should act my age.

 

Second time was sort of the same scenario but with an unmarked police vehicle. I wasn't exactly pulled over but the police officer followed me in the parking lot of the bank. When a few other people were looking he raised his voice at me and also snapped at my mother who tried to explain what happened. This happened just three months ago and last month I learned that a few other citizens petitioned for his removal.

 

Yet I noticed that there are usually no police officers around when I see drivers running a red light at least twice a day.

Ladyzilla
Ladyzilla

"I know better than to argue with a cop."

 

I really wish people would stop having this mentality.  Cops are not flawless beings, and should stop being viewed as such.  They have the capacity to screw up, to lie, to cheat, just as the rest of us do.  When you are being bold-faced lied to, it is you duty as a citizen to stand up to cops who are using the power of fear over you.  Yes, the vast majority of police officers are doing what is right, and not using their powers over normal citizens to get unlawful tickets.  However, there are always going to be bad eggs who slip in the mix.  Those cops *must* be stood up to, else they will continue to extort unlawful tickets out of people.  Practically any officer can tell you that part of their training specifically teaches them that most citizens, by default, are hesitant to argue with anything an officer says out of fear of reprisal or because they assume that they do not understand the law fully.  When you have a crooked cop, they most certainly know how to use those fears against you, and they will not hesitate to do so.

dolfineer11
dolfineer11

http://www.killology.com/sheep_dog.htm  (thank you, Dick Groot, for posting this).  This is something I believe we should ALL read, civilian and law enforcement alike.  It's about fighting "denial"...that thing that will kill us, no matter who we are.

 

dolfineer11
dolfineer11

Sigh...i got stopped for going 40 in a 30...but it was really 35.  I tried to tell him I thought it was 35, but he said no, it was 30.  I know better than to argue with a cop (um....i am one, but i refuse to badge my way out of a ticket), and simply signed at the bottom line.  :(

 

I hate to stop people for speeding, b/c i do notice when I creep up a bit and I can't stand being a hypocrite.  BUT...we've had some kids die due to red-light runners,so I am kinda a b#$#@ when it comes to that.  Hope you understand, ahead of time.  Just trying to save lives...

Butch Moore
Butch Moore

I was taken to jail one time for walking down the street minding my own business when I was accosted by police officers, who tried to intimidate me with fear ,when I started laughing they threw me in handcuffs, when I asked what I did wrong, they said they would figure it out by the time we got to the police station .... meanwhile with my hands behind my back cuffed, I got thrown a beating 3 police officers could be proud of.... There mindless maggotts on a power trip.... now where I come from if you're a college girl and get pulled over for a dui you can get out of it if it's a male police officer in you suck him off

Butch Moore
Butch Moore

I was taken to jail one time for walking down the street minding my own business when I was accosted by police officers, who tried to intimidate me with fear ,when I started laughing they threw me in handcuffs, when I asked what I did wrong, they said they would figure it out by the time we got to the police station .... meanwhile with my hands behind my back cuffed, I got thrown a beating 3 police officers could be proud of.... There mindless maggotts on a power trip.... now where I come from if you're a college girl and get pulled over for a dui you can get out of it if it's a male police officer in you suck him off

Butch Moore
Butch Moore

No respect for the Nazi police here.... They r to be held to a higher standard that they have forgotton about. to protect and to serve not to criminalize and beat.... They have no respect... Look on you tube and the number of police videos of cops being bad are endless.... Looks like this comment might have backfired on you single dad laughing,laugh out loud .....

lischan
lischan

Actually there are some states where they don't need to have a radar, if they asume you are speeding they can pull you over

Guest
Guest

My friend and I had left work for lunch, slightly indecisive ablout where to go.  We changed our minds about 1/2 a mile downd the road and decided to turn around for a good taco.  My friend and I are smokers ( I know, I know, it is a horrible habit) but that day my friend got a call on her cell while I was waiting for the light to turn green so we could go across the intersection and get off the main road to turn around.  A cop was facing us on the other side of the intersection.  When the light turned green and I started to proceed, I realized my friend had not seen the police officer and as her side came closest to his car she flicked her ciggerette butt out.  It almost seemed like slow motion as I watched it bounce off the hood of the cop car.  crap.  He immediately flips on his lights and takes off after us.  I turn into the first parking lot, a local bank, and he flies into the parking lot, slams on his brakes sliding sideways and blocking any possible movement of my car. (HOW EMBARRASSING!)  Then he gets out and yells, "HANDS UP! ARE YOU D.O.C?!" Several times....but my friend and I are looking at eachother asking "What is D.O.C?"  While our hands are in the air.

He finally approaches, and we ask, he replies "Department of Corrections."  Again I was confused, thinking, no I dont work for department of corrections.  Never did it cross my mind that he was asking if I had been IN the system, not a part of it.  Finally, after us giving our information did he realize we were not major criminals. Mind you we were 2 mid-twenties office gals in slacks and nice shirts, but he gave my friend a humoungus ticket anyway.  She didnt even argue, just apologized because she hadnt been paying attention. I really didint think he know how to take us.  We were just scared and kinda quiet. 

So we finally get to go and get our taco, joking about how expensive this lunch hour had really been, when who else shows up at the taco place?  Our friendly neighbor hood police officer who had just scared the crap out of us! We just decided to ignore him and try to have a good rest of our lunch time.  After a few moments he walks over and apologizes for earlier and told my friend if she wanted to contest the ticket he wouldn't fight it, and that hopefully it would be lowered dramatically.  He said after spending a few moments watching us that he realized he had been excessively harsh and he actually apologized.

 

Guest
Guest

My hubby and our 2 boys were enjoying a sunny day drive.  Cop pulls us over and asked if "we knew how fast...".  The boys were afraid Daddy was in big trouble.  Hubby just said, "officer, I don't know how fast I was driving.  I was having a good time with my kids and just enjoying the drive."  Believe it or not, the officer just gave him a warning and said maybe he should take the boys to a park or something.

 

My only ticket for speeding came when I was driving a rented "mama-moble" out of state.  My personal car was a very hot 2 seater sports car - never stopped for speeding.  I begged the cop to just give me a warning, it was a rental and did not feel like I was going that fast.  I explained that my personal car was closer to the road and I knew when I was driving fast in it.  It would be embarassing to have a speeding ticket for a big boat of a car like the rental SUV.  He would not budge or even show any sense of humor.  Ticket price was horrible.

Amazonite
Amazonite

I've only been stopped by the police once.  It was 1984, I was 7 months pregnant and had my two-year-old son in a carseat in the back.  I was driving from Richmond to Raleigh - my husband had just been transferred to Raleigh and I hadn't seen him all week long, we were going to check out a place to rent.  I had slowed down from 75-80 mph (in a 55 zone!) to about 72, because I was getting off at the next exit for a pit stop.

 

The state trooper who stopped me looked to be about 19 years old (I know he must have been somewhat older) and super-polite.  He came up to the car and asked for my license - all the while my son was yelling from the backseat "Mama, show him MY picture too!".  He checked me out (spotless record at that time; still spotless 28 years later!) and said, "Well, ma'am, you were going awfully fast back then, do you have a good reason?"  I told him (since he asked) about being anxious to see my husband after a week.  His response was "Well, ma'am, I guess that's a pretty good reason; slow down, now, you have a lot to be careful about!"

 

No ticket.  And he hadn't even seen my pregnant belly!

muhvitus
muhvitus

Cops probably get all kinds of crap when they stop speeders. Why do you think he lied when he said he clocked you going faster downhill. If the ticket is same for 86 and 90 there is no sense in that. I could get it if he would've given it for 91 and you would have gotten a bigger ticket. I don't know how they work there but here if they give you a speeding ticket for 90, they must have the same speed logged in their radar. So makes really no sense that way either.

KatieF
KatieF

My most entertaining pulled over story was about two years ago. My sister and I were hearded home from a party around 1am on a Friday night in Provo. My sister and I couldna't have looked more different that night. My hair was in ringlets and I had stage makeup on from a production I was in, and my sister had dreds and was wearing a Bob marley t-shirt. I was driving the 'teenager' car, which was fairly beat up from 4 teens driving if for three years, including the passenger side mirror being duct taped on. Late as it was, the streets were fairly deserted, but I was driving carefully just because I had a feeling. I saw the flashing red and blues behind me about three or four blocks, and decided to just turn onto Center, and park in one of the spaces to get out of the way of the cop that seemed to be in such a hurry. I had no reason to think that they were pulling me over, so I was rather surprised when all of a sudden, there was a knock on my window. I cracked the door open (the window didn't roll down), and asked the officer what the problem was. He thought it over for a while, then just asked for my license and registration. Around this point, we noticed that there were three police cars blocking us into the parking space. When he came back, he just said, "Well, everything seems to be in order". So I asked him what the issue was. My sister kindly offered up the suggestion that our mirror was broken, and was that it? The officer mumbled something, and I asked him once more what the issue was. He quickly threw out, "Uh, you hit the curb when you turned the corner a little too fast to get away from getting pulled over." I informed him that I had only turned to get out of the way of the first cop, who had turned his lights on long before he could have gotten to me. He muttered again about taking wider turns, gave me back my cards, and got back in his car. All three cars kept us blocked in for nearly ten more minutes.My most entertaining pulled over story was about two years ago. My sister and I were hearded home from a party around 1am on a Friday night in Provo. My sister and I couldna't have looked more different that night. My hair was in ringlets and I had stage makeup on from a production I was in, and my sister had dreds and was wearing a Bob marley t-shirt. I was driving the 'teenager' car, which was fairly beat up from 4 teens driving if for three years, including the passenger side mirror being duct taped on. Late as it was, the streets were fairly deserted, but I was driving carefully just because I had a feeling. I saw the flashing red and blues behind me about three or four blocks, and decided to just turn onto Center, and park in one of the spaces to get out of the way of the cop that seemed to be in such a hurry. I had no reason to think that they were pulling me over, so I was rather surprised when all of a sudden, there was a knock on my window. I cracked the door open (the window didn't roll down), and asked the officer what the problem was. He thought it over for a while, then just asked for my license and registration. Around this point, we noticed that there were three police cars blocking us into the parking space. When he came back, he just said, "Well, everything seems to be in order". So I asked him what the issue was. My sister kindly offered up the suggestion that our mirror was broken, and was that it? The officer mumbled something, and I asked him once more what the issue was. He quickly threw out, "Uh, you hit the curb when you turned the corner a little too fast to get away from getting pulled over." I informed him that I had only turned to get out of the way of the first cop, who had turned his lights on long before he could have gotten to me. He muttered again about taking wider turns, gave me back my cards, and got back in his car. All three cars kept us blocked in for nearly ten more minutes.

KatieF
KatieF

My most entertaining pulled over story was about two years ago. My sister and I were hearded home from a party around 1am on a Friday night in Provo. My sister and I couldna't have looked more different that night. My hair was in ringlets and I had stage makeup on from a production I was in, and my sister had dreds and was wearing a Bob marley t-shirt. I was driving the 'teenager' car, which was fairly beat up from 4 teens driving if for three years, including the passenger side mirror being duct taped on. Late as it was, the streets were fairly deserted, but I was driving carefully just because I had a feeling. I saw the flashing red and blues behind me about three or four blocks, and decided to just turn onto Center, and park in one of the spaces to get out of the way of the cop that seemed to be in such a hurry. I had no reason to think that they were pulling me over, so I was rather surprised when all of a sudden, there was a knock on my window. I cracked the door open (the window didn't roll down), and asked the officer what the problem was. He thought it over for a while, then just asked for my license and registration. Around this point, we noticed that there were three police cars blocking us into the parking space. When he came back, he just said, "Well, everything seems to be in order". So I asked him what the issue was. My sister kindly offered up the suggestion that our mirror was broken, and was that it? The officer mumbled something, and I asked him once more what the issue was. He quickly threw out, "Uh, you hit the curb when you turned the corner a little too fast to get away from getting pulled over." I informed him that I had only turned to get out of the way of the first cop, who had turned his lights on long before he could have gotten to me. He muttered again about taking wider turns, gave me back my cards, and got back in his car. All three cars kept us blocked in for nearly ten more minutes.

Luna_Manar
Luna_Manar

The one ticket I ever got was bogus. It was a completely dead night and the cop seemed like he had nothing to do. He pulled me over even though I was going exactly the speed limit (I had cruise control engaged).

 

My car has a sort of "black box," which among other things keeps a running record of my speed at any given time. I would be happy to present its logs in court. I told him this, and similarly asked to see his radar. He claimed he didn't use the radar, he just paced me for a mile and insisted I was doing 10 over. He told me he loved going to court and watching people try to weasel out of tickets.

 

I took the issue to court and won. The cop had in fact used his radar, which clocked me at 45, which was the speed limit. The cop tried to _argue with the judge_ that he thought the speed limit in that area was 35. He could have sworn it. I know he didn't actually think this: he wrote the ticket for 55 in a 45 zone. The judge had none of it, either. Needless to say, I didn't have to pay the ticket and the cop came out looking like an arse. Happily, I didn't have to have anyone take my car apart to prove my innocence.

 

Almost all modern cars have computerized monitors that log information about the car's operation. If you get a bogus ticket, and you know it's bogus, it's worth it to suggest to the officer (or the court) that you're willing to have someone look at those logs.

 

It's also worth it for cops to not make things up.

EBH
EBH

Oh! I have a great one!

I got pulled over for running a green light.

Maybe read that again. The light. It was green.

I was driving, I had my girl friend in the front seat, my husband in the back. Still driving the little red honda I had in high school. I guess we must have looked like a bunch of teenagers, as we were laughing? I guess? In any case, it was clear the state patrolman thought we would be an easy catch. Same thing, no hello, just "Do you know why I pulled you over?" I had to admit, no, I have no idea. He said we had run a red left turn light. This was a mile after the fact in a 35, so he took his time.  Now, I had seen him waiting opposite me at this red light, but my turn signal was a green arrow. I couldn't even stop myself from saying, "No! It was a green arrow. It did turn yellow while I was in the intersection, but I had the right of way!" I immediately felt my face flush, and thought, Oh crap. Now it's on. I am screwed. He did raise his voice, saying his light was green! So mine must have been red! And then his voice faltered a little. I think it was then that he realized I was at least 10 years older than he had assumed. I do look pretty young. At this point, my husband chimed up in the back seat, as did my friend, saying they had seen the green arrow. He ignored my friend, and yelled at my husband, "How would YOU know?! YOU are in the back seat!" We have a 2-door civic. The windshield is super slanted, the back seats lower than the front. You can, for sure, see really well out the front. I would know: it was my dad's care growing up and I had ridden back there a lot.

Anyway, he ripped my license etc. out of my hand and stormed off in his car. We all quietly decided we would say nothing more than yes and no, and go to court if he gave me a ticket. I mean, I had witnesses!

Well, he gave me a written warning, and some 'advice' about paying attention. I was pretty angry...

I've met some good cops, but I've met and dealt with far more a-holes unfortunately. When I needed their help in the past, they weren't there for me. When I was a teenage girl, and a guy started following me in his car, and actually got out to harass me at a light, I drove to the police station and honked and honked. The one cop there just watched me honking, the crazy dude pounding on my car, and took her sweet time coming over. Then, she blamed me. The guy was let off the hook, I was given a verbal warning for 'cutting that guy off in traffic.' It was a clear warning to me that if I had a problem with another human, and he was male, his word would be accepted as true, and mine would not. The cop wasn't even there. I was a minor being harassed by an older man. But no, I was in the wrong. There were other times that this was driven home.

I guess I learned pretty early to always call the police for help, but not to trust them 100% to have my interests in mind.

Sorry for writing a book, I just had the intense need to write that after reading what you wrote. I've never had a traffic ticket in my life.

HennHouse
HennHouse

Sometimes, the comments are better than the actual article. Unfortunately, there are some good cops and some "bad" cops. (Just like there are good teachers and bad teachers. Good CEOs and bad CEOs. Good writers and bad writers.) Yesterday was a particularly bloody day in the law enforcement community. I worry every night about whether or not I'm going to see my husband the next morning. Or if an impaired driver will run him down. Or someone trying to avoid drug charges will pull a gun from the glove box. Or a speeder will keep him by the window arguing about a ticket while a truck driver tries to knock his hat of with the wind and gets a little too close. And some of these comments make my heart break for the families who won't see their loved ones ever again simply because he/she had the courage to wear the badge. http://hennhouse.blogspot.com/2011/12/hope.html

Clay McCall
Clay McCall

Yes some cops are good people. I have had the pleasure of knowing two of them. But I have come accross far more "bad apples" I even thanked a cop for giving me a warning when I was pulled over for not wearing a seat belt. I offered my hand to shake it and instead of saying I am not allowed to shake your hand, or I'm sorry but i cant shake your shake your hand cause its a safety issue, the cop sneered at me and said "I don't shake hands with criminals". That is the attitude of the majority of police. So you guys can take your cops put their butts on the line talk and shove it. I have respect for anyone who is on S.W.A.T. or in a high risk place like L.A., Oakland, N.Y. or any other place like that. But most of the cops that patrol suberbs or in the middle of nowhere are power hungry assholes. If you want me to treat cops with respect then they need to treat me with at least a modicum of respect. Just because I forgot to put my seatbelt on does not make me a "criminal".

Alisha Rose Glenn
Alisha Rose Glenn

I speed. I acknowledge that. I've gotten speeding tickets in the past and while I don't believe that I deserved them, I was caught doing something that has been deemed by those who make the laws to be illegal. So no, I'm not a perfect driver. But I'm not a criminal, I'm not a threat to society, I'm a young woman trying to support herself in a world where the vast majority of people think I should not be allowed to exist. And statistically one of the biggest predators of disliked minorities is the police. So while I'll acknowledge that there are good cops out there, I will never make the mistake of trusting a police officer who I do not already know to be a decent person.

Chea
Chea

Ive been horribly let down by the police when my life was in danger. But have also had the benefit of seeing the good in some officers as well. (Writing the tickets for only 5 over, or letting me off for being truthful to them for why I was going so fast). I refuse to stick them all in the same groups and call them all wonderful or horrible. Just like everyone out there, there are good ones, and there are bad ones. You should defintely argue it. And especially at that rate of speed. Its gonna be an expensive ticket, or even considered reckless driving (horrible for insurance), depending on what the limit was.

Cindy Russell
Cindy Russell

Ugh I don't really like cops never have because they just harass people. As a kid they always think you are up to no good and treat you as such. There are a few good cops out there. I got pulled over for going one mile over the speed limit, I was going 56 in a 55. He gave me a warning ticket so if I got pulled over again it would be in the system that I've already been warned. When he came to my window he said, "you were going 56,1mile over" I like that the one lady said her friend gives nobody a ticket if he's having a bad day, that's cool. Some of the cops are putting their butts on the line because they really do want to make a difference but most of them just want to bully,harass and maybe get a chance to shoot someone. That's just my opinion. I hope your able to get you fine and points dropped Dan :)

Cat_Buchanan
Cat_Buchanan

I had a friend who was once pulled over for going 120 in a 55 zone. The cop who wrote up the ticket for some reason put the wrong make, model and license plate on the ticket. He also claimed that my friend was going over 140. Since the ticket was for a vehicle that my friend doesn't own, he took the ticket and his registration into court and got the ticket dismissed.

 

I personally got a ticket for going 72 in a 55. I had my then-3 year old son with me in the truck (Nissan Titan) and was trying to get home so I could "go potty". The cop told me that I passed a Mc Donald's (with a play place) and a 7-11 (which usually do not have public restrooms in Virginia) so he didn't believe my story. He obviously never had a pre-schooler since he suggested I should have stopped at McDonald's to go to the bathroom. I knew if I went into anyplace with a play place that I would NEVER get out! I just took the ticket and paid it.

krisinluck
krisinluck

I've been pulled over twice.

 

First time, I was in my early 20s.  Driving to work, and stopped for my breakfast burrito at a fast food joint about two miles from the office.  I waited for a car to go by and pulled out on the 35 MPH road....and a cop pulled me over 20 feet from the drive.  What????  By the time he pulled me over, the guy I had waited for was completely out of sight.  No way my beater car could even get to 35 in 20 feet.  I told him I just pulled out of Blakes - offered him the hot burrito for proof.  Nope.  Nailed me.  I was annoyed, to say the least, but I was also close to being late to work.  

 

I deserved the second one.  I admit it.  That cop was actually nicer about it, though.  

David
David

I have had both good and bad experiences with traffic stops (albeit more bad than good), but I won't dwell on that here. The thing that gets me is that the things they yell at us for are the same things they do on a regular basis (speeding, tailgating, rapid lane-changes). And I'm not talking about when they're running lights and siren to a crime scene. There's an article in this month's Car and Driver talking about this. It seems that for the LAPD, the cost of lawsuits based on reckless driving by officers is significant. There are a number of civilian deaths caused by it. If the police want to hold us to the letter of the law, fine. But they should do the same. And as a former ambulance driver, I can tell you that whether or not they're in a patrol car, breaking traffic laws without lights and siren is NOT legal except in very specific circumstances.

Rockchick
Rockchick

The only time I've been pulled over I was driving our minivan across Wyoming...a state that has roads straight as a pin, and a population of, oh, 30,000 or something daft like that.  I was booting along at a good clip when I see a state trooper driving towards me in the opposite direction, so I slowed down a bit, but sure enough I check in my rear-view mirror and he's pulling a u-turn and puts on the siren, pulls me over.  My mind starts racing, and I remember reading somewhere that, if you're sitting in the car and the officer is standing that puts them in a position of power, so I get out of the car thinking that I will be able to intimidate the officer with my 5'8" frame (six feet in heels!).  I turn to the officer as he approaches the car...and I basically reach his belly-button.  Obviously NOT going to be an intimidation here!  He opens with the same question "do you have any idea how fast you were going?", I replied that I thought I was going 70 (the posted speed limit). He says that no, I was going quite a bit above that...I said that as I was Canadian (there were Ontario plates on the car) and we drove in KPH I didn't know how that translated into mph.  He pulls out a pad of paper, tells me to wait there, and he goes back to his car....when he comes back he tells me how fast 70 mph is in kph, and to keep my speed down and lets me off with a warning! woo hoo!!

Paul S300
Paul S300

I have good and not so good stories about the demeanor of police officers; however, they have a very difficult and stressful job.  The things they see and deal with in my opinion make it understandable when they have a bit of an attitude.  It is certainly sad when one bad officer can ruin the opinions of so many, but thats true of any profession.  The one thing that bothers me is the laws against recording them, they are unconstitutional under freedom of the press, and frankly a little scary, because if someones doing what they should be, they shouldn't have a problem being video taped doing it.  And any one carrying a gun, should always be doing the right thing.

Maria
Maria

I once got pulled over for going through a red light.  I explained to the cop that I was merely in a rush to my boyfriend's house, because I had just gotten an A+ on a statistics exam, and I wanted to tell him.  I even showed the cop the exam.  He let me go with a warning and didn't even ticket me for being an ultimate nerd. 

mrs.g
mrs.g

My insurance agent, a friend from high school, told me years ago always, always, always fight a ticket. Each time I needed to do this, twice in 40 years, the fine has been cut in half once ( I was speeding but not 40 in a 20), and 2nd I got off, there was no way he could have seen me where he was parked. So I would say fight it!

Angela Retter Jensen
Angela Retter Jensen

No the cops won't be there for you when you need them. My daughter was being abused by her father, the cops were called and they asked her if she wanted to press charges, never even asked to speak to me. What kind of crap is that? Also was going thru a divorce and my ex was in my house taking stuff and I called the cops and they came, said they don't get involved in domestic violence but yet told my ex to get everything that he wanted. Don't say they help you because they have never helped me.

Karen Macfie
Karen Macfie

a friend of mine was pulled over the other night on an empty road where the cops were parked in a lot, reason they pulled him over, having his high beams on......on an empty road.....he'll be going to court over this one, again, overzealous police.....not cool!

Kerry Miyamoto Fardella
Kerry Miyamoto Fardella

I'm not going to sit by and read all this crap about cop bashing. If you were driving correctly, you wouldn't have been pulled over. The law enforcement community has lost 2 officers today. REALLY? Think about that the next time you bash a cop. They put their butts on the line every day. Complain about the cops, fine. But...don't call when you need something later.

sprinke
sprinke

It was nearly midnight and I was waiting in my car at a red light two blocks from my home. I had just left my boyfriend's house after a very ugly breakup. I saw a green light and went. Unfortunately it was the left turn light, and unfortunately there was a cop literally behind my car. I was so out of it that I did not understand why he pulled me over. He explained what I had done, saw my emotional state, looked at my address on my license, and told me to go home. No ticket for blatantly running a red light. Thank you for your compassion, Officer.

asrais
asrais

My DH went to court over a ticket, because the officer said something about meeting quotas which is illegal when it comes to tickets. But on the stand the officer claimed to never have said such a thing. It can be worth it to go to court over the ticket.

Maisy
Maisy

I was pulled over recently late one night around 11 p.m.  I was leaving my work after having worked on a final project.  I saw the cop with its lights off at a closed shell station.  I was on a small road and didn't know what the speed limit was so I decided to be on the safe side and drive 35 (I thought it was 40).   And I could see in my mirrors that he started following me.  So I made sure to stay at just the right speed 35.  Low and behold I saw a sign for 40 and I sped up to 40 and next thing I knew he was RIGHT UP ON MY BUTT tailing me VERY CLOSE.  Then they flicked on the lights.  I pulled over and they blocked me in.  He came to my window and asked me for license, registration and proof of insurance and said that he clocked me at 50 mph.  I could not control myself and I said, 'you absolutely did not.'  Mean while another officer was shining a light in the back of my little car. They went back to their patrol car for like 20 seconds and then brought my stuff back and said they were letting me off with just a warning and oh your tag lights are out.  BTW I have never in my entire life been pulled over for anything and I'm 30 yrs old. 

 

Within seconds of them leaving they were already pulling someone else over.  Seems to me there were a few reasons I was pulled over: my little crapped out red sports car, fogged up windows from the moisture inside my car, and that it seems that it was the end of the month and maybe they had a quota to fill? 

Shelleyd77
Shelleyd77

I had an officer ask me why I was waiting at a bus stop in front of my high school. I told him I was waiting for a bus. He said the busses don't run that late. (It was 4pm) He was embarrassed when the bus came to get me.

Shelleyd77
Shelleyd77

Should've recorded it. But your friend is a witness and the cop's version will be considered false and inaccurate.

dolfineer11
dolfineer11

@Ladyzilla Very good point---thanks for making it. My "never argue with a cop" advice was meant to be more to argue your case in front of the judge, b/c the cop (at least the good cop) is just doing his or her job (writing ticket, giving warning, taking person to jail) because of the actions the cop observed. Fighting a cop just gets you to even more troible

Sara
Sara

 @Shelleyd77 NEVER tape record a cop.  It's a crime.  i personally don't think it should be, but it is and can land you in a world of trouble.  :(

RachelB77
RachelB77

It is legal, as long as it's in a public place. Anyone in a public can be legally recorded because being in public gives no expectation of privacy. Good example is the paparazzi

dolfineer11
dolfineer11

Actually, tape recording a cop is totally legal.  You definitely want to listen and follow a cop's instructions, but you have the legal right to record...at least, that is true in Nevada.  I believe it should be true everywhere...I feel it is a constitutional thing.  As a cop, I totally stand up for your right to record me.

Paul S300
Paul S300

Technically it is a crime now in many states, but the law that makes it a crime is unconstitutional because freedom of the press has been ruled to include video recording.  That being said, exercise common sense, don't piss off a cop unless your willing to deal with the backlash up to and including supreme court.  And if a cop tells you to move for his (or her) safety or yours, you still have to listen even if you have a camera.