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

  1. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    October 25, 2015 #

    How about from my point of view? I worked EMS in an urban area for 25 years and scraped up the bodies of the innocent victims hurt or killed by drunk drivers, speeders, and negligent drivers. The numbers tell the story. If there is strict enforcement, those violators slow down, get stopped for drunk driving etc and the injury and death rate drops. Until you have treated a kid tossed out of a car struck by another that was doing 60 in a 35, your opinion that law enforcement should ignore this type of behavior, is really moot. If you don't speed, you don't get tickets.if you use caution and courtesy when driving, you don't get tickets. If you don't drink and drive, you don't get locked up. My opinion is you believe you're entitled to drive as you wish, and to he'll with the rest of society. Your belief is your needs Trump every one else's. Stop signs? No need for you to to stop, those are for everyone else. Speed limits? Just a suggestion for you. Signals? No need. Let the guy behind our on front of me be aware and figure out out. Selfishness. Pure and simple. I've seen the result of this behavior. It's not pretty. Get over your disdain for law enforcement and take some personal responsibility.

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      sam shatnawi
      November 7, 2015 #

      Total respect for what ems and officers do out there.

  2. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    your name here
    October 28, 2015 #

    Cops only care about quotas and their share of the revenue it creates. PERIOD. It is a racket, if they spent as much time going after real criminals instead of writing revenue generating tickets we would live in a much better place. PERIOD. have you ever followed a cop and watched how they drive? they break every dam law in the book ALL DAY LONG, and if you call a watch commander and complaint alls you will get is "How do you know he was not on a call". To wit if you ask for an investigation you will be quickly rebuffed and put on "their list" .

    • Avatar for Alex Glenn
      November 15, 2015 #

      Well just to let you know in some states it's illegal for cops to have quotes as in pa

    • Avatar for Alex Glenn
      November 21, 2015 #

      The fact that you're using the terminology "watch commander" tells me one of two things:
      A– you've been arrested before, probably several times, for breaking the law and you hate cops for enforcing laws that affect your livelihood. OR
      B– you were once a cop yourself and got kicked off the job for being a bad cop.

      No matter the reason its obvious that hate cops, period.

  3. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    Not Hardly
    October 30, 2015 #

    The auto insurance companies in Indiana "Donated " just under $200,000 in 2013 to the legislators to keep the 55mph speed limit set in the 70's " Oil Shortage" This so called shortage was the oil companies wanting to raise gas prices, and the insurance companies wanting to slow us down to a mind numbing crawl. So, everytime you pay your auto insurance bill, thank the comrad agent for all the time you waste getting to your destination, and for the overtime he pays the police for their seatbelt checks they set up on the roadways! Dont believe me? Google it !!!!

    • Avatar for Alex Glenn
      November 23, 2015 #

      The so called oil crisis was /is political. Oil companies cannot drill and attain raw crude because of insane govt regulations. We cannot build new refineries either. So we remain with an unstable price per barrel, thanks to the pin heads in our government. This stupidity began with carter and continues today. It's not the oil companies my friend, it's silly liberalism and those who foist it on our economy

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    Elenya Gardner
    November 8, 2015 #

    I know I am only 10 but I know not to do that

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    Rick Daniels
    November 10, 2015 #

    Not condoning doing any of the above, but here are some things I have noticed about the police; they almost never signal to change lanes, they almost never come to a complete stop at a stop sign, I often see them talking on a cell phone while driving, I often see them driving at excessive speeds while not enroute to anything. Just a few weeks ago I had a sheriff blow by me doing at least 80 in a 65 while texting. About a mile later at a bend in the road, I saw that same Sheriff had gone off the road, hit the guard rail and was facing the opposite direction with no bumper on his car. I also see police quite often tail gate people to get them to move out of their way so they can speed. Maybe they should set a better example!

  6. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    November 14, 2015 #

    Sorry but I don't see how ticketing those dangerous tinted windows helps the communities.. It helps me see better driving without the sun blinding me

  7. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    November 19, 2015 #

    You people are funny. Don't blame the cops for enforcing stupid laws, if you don't like the laws call your legislators they are the ones making them and since you voted for them blame yourself. Cops are paid to write tickets no matter what the violation is and they always win in traffic court. Because it's the law. So quit your whining, you are free to move to Mexico.

  8. Avatar for Alex Glenn
    November 20, 2015 #

    Cops speed all the time especially if they want to avoid traffic.tdey put on that sieren as if they are going to to an emergency. sometimes they are but not all the time.

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