Police Reveal 4 Common Ways to Get Pulled Over

Here’s what not to do if you want to avoid that next traffic ticket.

Common ways to get pulled over

We’ve all seen it — someone changing lanes without signaling. Or a person driving while texting. And, if we’re honest, maybe we’ve even been that person. Nobody’s perfect. But when you’re trying to avoid being pulled over (which most of us are), it helps to know more about those bad driving habits we’ve all been (admittedly) guilty of at some point.

Edmunds.com polled 3 police agencies to get an idea of the most common driving no-no’s that cops encounter.

So, in the ongoing interest of helping us all become model motorists, here’s what Johnny Law had to say:


(pulled over because you can’t drive 55 … in a 35 mph zone)

In the Edmunds survey, every cop surveyed listed stopping speeding drivers as a main priority. So why do police officers key in on speeders? Well, issuing speeding tickets has a huge impact on safety. For every 100 extra speeding citations given in a month, there are 14.3 fewer crashes and 5.6 fewer injuries.

Point is, if your need for speed gets the better of you, be prepared to put your money where your lead foot is — a whopping 34 million speeding tickets are handed out each year in the U.S.

Distracted driving

(pulled over because you’re texting, emailing, eating, and driving)

The police officers surveyed say their main reasons for giving distracted-driving tickets include illegal texting and driving or other dangerous cell phone use. And with good reason, too. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a stunning 40 percent of U.S. teens admit to having been in a car while the driver used a cell phone in an endangering way. We don’t know about you, but it seems this phenomenon can’t get enough police intervention.

Equipment violations

(pulled over because those windows are just a bit too dark)

Equipment offenses are easy bait for tickets because they’re so simple to spot. A police officer doesn’t have to make any judgments about the situation. Rather, he or she can simply see that something isn’t up to code and make a move. According to the cops surveyed, the most glaring violation (pun intended) was illegal window tints. Following that were burned-out lights, broken windshields, and expired license plate tags.

Tailgating and improper lane changes

(pulled over because you’re bound to cause an accident)

These 2 violations ranked as equally important on the Edmunds study. Both are reckless maneuvers that cops said they monitor closely. One police officer even qualified exactly what he thinks is considered a dangerous lane change: cutting someone off or moving without looking.

Using the left lane for cruising instead of passing, driving too slowly, and squealing your tires are also high on the list.

Use common sense

When reviewing these offenses, it’s not exactly a surprise that they attract attention. True, you can’t control what other people will do on the road. But you can control yourself. So next time you notice you’re about to fall into one of these habits, think about the repercussions. Safe driving is good for you and everyone else on the road.

Want to learn how these driving no-no’s can impact your car insurance? Check out our moving violations insight center. And if you do get pulled over by the police, remain calm and remember these 8 useful tips.

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357 Responses to “Police Reveal 4 Common Ways to Get Pulled Over”

  1. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    May 12, 2016 #

    Using turn signals to change lanes is not a law in Michigan, though it may be common sense in some traffic situations, which makes me question the validity of any of this article.
    And the college student story who couldn't spell campus, I have no faith in any product where unsupported rantings and obvious fiction replace relevant comments.

    • Avatar for Alex Glenn
      May 28, 2016 #

      It is in many states

    • Avatar for Alex Glenn
      June 12, 2016 #

      No matter where you live . You should always use your turn indicators…

      • Avatar for Alex Glenn
        Billy weddle
        June 26, 2016 #

        Accidents are caused by people using turn signals and having no intentions to turn. Why would you recommend people to use turn signals all the time while driving?

    • Avatar for Alex Glenn
      June 30, 2016 #

      Please stay off the roads in Washington state.
      Limit your driving to Michigan where you belong.

  2. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    Fred Williams
    May 21, 2016 #

    What about police eating donuts

  3. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    Fred Williams
    May 21, 2016 #

    Officer I need to make a citizens arrest your eyes are glazed I think you are under the influence have you been eating donuts?

  4. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    Ty g gjjyjj go
    May 22, 2016 #

    Just be safe at all times

  5. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    June 11, 2016 #


  6. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    QC Davis
    June 21, 2016 #

    Just more Gov. control of every aspect of our lives. Nanny, Big Brother, Tyranny, Codes, Statues are revenue generators by a money grubbing out of control system. It is not illegal to drive any car or truck without a windshield ! Window Tinting ? Power absolutely corrupts to the core… .

  7. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    Tommy Young
    June 28, 2016 #

    Do cops give themselves tickets for their window tint.

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