RE: [DMCForum] Cop stories
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RE: [DMCForum] Cop stories
- From: "Dom Diaz" <dom_diaz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 10:28:36 -0500
I also recommend dropping your pants and assuming the position...:P
I agree with not fumbling for docs 'like an idiot', even having hands
visible, but having all of your occupants stick their hands out the
window?!? I've been able to get out of tickets without having to act like a
clown to amuse them. To each his own, but I'll take the ticket. :)
>From: Ryan Wright <ryanpwright@xxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: [DMCForum] Cop stories
>Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 10:01:30 -0800
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>Let's hear 'em.
>I got pulled over Friday night. Second time in two years - the first
>was for not having a front plate (within a month of purchasing the
>I have to say, it's good to be pulled over in a DeLorean. On both
>occasions, the officers turned into Mr. Friendly when they got to the
>door. This time was hilarious, though. I was speeding a bit - maybe
>58-60mph in a 55 - it's almost midnight, and I'm on my way home from a
>movie. I saw the lights so I pulled way off the road, turned off the
>engine, opened the door and put my hands on the top of the
>windshield/door seal so the guy wouldn't be nervous approaching me.
>Some tips I learned from an officer on one of the Fiero lists years
>ago: Get way the heck off the road. If the officer has plenty of space
>between you and the road, he doesn't have to worry about getting hit
>by another driver and thus he's more likely to engage you in small
>talk and listen to any explanation you might have. Turn the engine off
>so he knows you won't try to run. Also, don't be fumbling around for
>your documentation like an idiot. The guy approaching your car has
>nightmares about some crackhead shooting him to get out of a $60
>speeding ticket and every time he approaches a vehicle, part of him is
>fearing for his life. If he sees you doing anything he's going to
>assume you're going for a weapon. So give him a break: Roll the window
>down and keep your hands where he can see them. On top of the steering
>wheel, on your head, anywhere. If you have a car full of people they
>should all keep their hands visible. Better, have everyone stick their
>hands out the window. It's silly but the cop will get a good laugh and
>will be immediately comfortable with you, which often means you won't
>get a ticket.
>Anyway, here I am, and he approaches carefully, flashlight pointed at
>me. I smile, he sees my hands, and asks me if I have any weapons. I
>laugh and say, "No no, just keeping my hands up here so you don't have
>to worry about me." He puts his flashlight away and goes into Mr.
>Friendly mode. The conversation went something like:
>Officer: "Reason I pulled you over wasn't the speed... eh, 60 or so
>isn't bad - but, - can you turn your blinker on for me?"
>Me: "Sure." (turned on left blinker)
>Officer: (glances back real quick) "Yeah, that's what I thought.
>They're really bright. You're not supposed to have any white back
>there except the reverse lights."
>Now, my turn signals are faded on the rear, but they're not THAT bad!
>Still, I've known they were faded for awhile and I've been meaning to
>do something about it, so I tell him this, and continue:
>Me: "... I'll stick some yellow bulbs in there until I can replace the
>Officer: "Sounds good."
>He then tells me about a friend of a friend who has a DeLorean, and we
>chat about the car for a bit. Finally he tells me to have a good
>evening and begins walking away, then stops himself and says, "Oh, do
>you happen to have your license on you?" - as if it's a total
>afterthought. I hand it over and he writes down the number. While he's
>writing it down I give him my insurance card, even though he didn't
>Officer: "That's OK... Oh, this is expired. Do you have a current one?"
>Me: "Uh oh... (looks in wallet) .. Apparently not. I have a current
>one for my Mitsubishi."
>Officer: "OK, then you probably have insurance on this."
>Me: "Oh, I do. Do you want to see this card?"
>He never asked for my registration. He didn't need to see proof of
>insurance. He almost forget to ask for my driver's license. He seemed
>very intelligent and on the ball, and I've no doubt in any other
>vehicle I would have been a lot closer to a ticket. He was just _cool_
>with the whole DeLorean thing.
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