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:

Speeding

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

  1. deb
    March 16, 2013 #

    Just being a woman is reason enough. Had a sheriff follow me for 7 miles did nothing wrong. Speed was at or under the limit. Pulled me over checked my papers when I asked why he pulled me over he told me I because I was driving suspiciously. No I was driving like a responsible person who doesn't make a lot of money and can not afford a ticket nor time off to go to court to deal with a ticket.

    • shane
      April 10, 2013 #

      There used to be a probable cause law.If you were following him around for that long you would probably go to jail.I would report him.

      • jack sprat
        June 27, 2013 #

        Could it be that he was checking you out?

      • Hans Schmitt
        July 15, 2013 #

        Could it be the cop was going that direction for some other reason, like donut break?

      • Love Abiyah Hosheyah
        June 2, 2014 #

        if you are not a party in a criminal investigation or leaving the scene of a accident or crime ,then it is a violation of your 4th admendment right to liberty …the policy enforcement officer takes an oath to uphold the Compact US constitution

    • V Trexler
      July 1, 2013 #

      Ur paranoid

      • HammanThang
        December 12, 2013 #

        No not paranoid, I was following my wife one day and a copped followed her for miles, She was driving more proper than I was and she got pulled. Not a straight route took multiple turns.

    • paul b.
      July 9, 2013 #

      If you're attractive maybe he wanted a date!

      • Janice Alderfer
        October 28, 2013 #

        He said I really like your car really please

    • Steven
      October 11, 2013 #

      How bout reasons cops should get pulled over, flipping lights on just to pass people
      Driving without seatbelt
      Speeding
      Playing with CPU while driving they can type on a CPU while they drive but I can't text

      • Topnun
        October 25, 2013 #

        How about you read your state law… police on patrol is an exemption from transportation code. You want to be able to do all those things become a cop.

      • Daryl
        March 5, 2014 #

        because being a cop means your not going to cause a wreak

      • Randy
        March 8, 2014 #

        Topnun:cops are humans, the title doesn't make them any less susceptible to distracted driving accidents then any other person. .. Steven was making a point that the cops should not be allowed to drive while distracted you dweeb!

      • Lucille Tackett
        May 26, 2014 #

        My Son and I saw a Police Car come to the light that we wee stopped for. He turned on the Lights & Siren so he could go through the Light on Red. He turned them off when he got thru the Light, so he was not on an Emergency Call and he broke the Law. Does anyone agree with me??

    • Bill Gray
      November 19, 2013 #

      When a cop starts to follow, pull into the first available business and enter. Can't tow you as you are not on a public road Can't find a reason to pull you over. You have witnesses if he engages you and possibly video.

    • Billy Joe Jim Bob
      April 5, 2014 #

      In other words, you were obstructing traffic because you were driving too slow. I hear 'responsible' a lot from people who are not paying attention.

    • Marina
      April 23, 2014 #

      That has happened to many women I know. Most common in the Midwest and South, it seems.
      While living in Iowa I used to have a Johnson County sheriff car follow me almost from my house to the Linn County line several times a week. Not the same guy or the same car every day.
      Some days a Linn County sheriff of state trooper took over from the Linn County line to near work, but that was only on and off.
      I don't think my driving had anything to do with it, but they quit it after I got a new car. Guess they don't get the information from all the dealerships?

      • Ed
        September 3, 2014 #

        Really, seriously, come on….so your saying you were distracted? Exactly what the point is.

    • Bill
      June 20, 2014 #

      That sucks. I had a cop follow me. i was going 60 in a 55 and the road suddenly changed to 45, at which point I was pulled over (convenient for the cop) and given a ticket for going 15 over the limit.

      • Jorge Cruz
        August 2, 2014 #

        Which state was this I bet it was Virginia

    • Kim Mc
      July 10, 2014 #

      Amen!!

    • Jeffrey Donadio
      July 13, 2014 #

      Don't put all women down because you don't understand your situation! If you don't understand police procedures, report your concerns to the department. If an officer is not performing properly, their supervisor will address the issue! If you suspect you are being followed for no reason, pull over at your safest location and wait to see what happens. If they pull over too, you will get your answer. If they continue on, it was all just in your head.

    • jn
      September 2, 2014 #

      hey Don G if im in the left lane going the limit how am I holding up traffic when that should be the flow 65mpr is 65 are you going to pay my ticket because everyone behind me wants to go 75-80? :)

    • Common Sense
      September 26, 2014 #

      Your story is suspicious.. statistics show that more male drivers are stopped and ticketed than female drivers.

  2. Matt
    March 21, 2013 #

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

    Really? I've NEVER seen anyone ticketed for driving too slowly or cruising in the left lane. I'm sure if these people were ticketed more we would see fewer traffic slowdowns and residual accidents.

    • C T
      March 26, 2013 #

      so whats wrong with cruising in the left lane if you are cruising at the posted speed limit? personnally i don't it, but is there a law against using the left lane?

      • mg
        March 27, 2013 #

        Yes most places have laws stating the left lane is for passing only…pass and move over slow poke

      • D'Rat
        March 28, 2013 #

        On a freeway or a multi lane hyway, left lane is considered a passing lane and should be used as such when traffic permits, good for first responders too. If you're not passing, you don't belong there, heavy traffic exception. I hate left lane campers. In Washington state there are laws regarding left lane campers.

      • Rick OBRIEN
        April 25, 2013 #

        YEAH, there's a law…the law of COMMON SENSE, moron! Even Chippies and other cops will tell you (even in traffic school) to stay out of the left lane if you're gonna drive like a blue-haired grannie.

      • See Barton
        June 19, 2013 #

        Yep,in a lot of states. In Wa there are signs telling you to keep right,EXCEPT to pass.

      • cc fin
        June 23, 2013 #

        In the state of Virginia failure to stay right is a moving violation. The left lane is designed for passing. Disrupting the flow of traffic, ( impeding the flow of traffic) and creating a traffic hazard are charges for driving too slow. Though can apply for failure to keep right. 15 miles per hour and more under the speed limit falls under that category, unless it's an authorized vehicle such as emergency, military, law enforcement and school buses.

      • Brian
        June 25, 2013 #

        If your not passing in the left hand lane you should NOT be in it! Respect your fellow drivers and leave the left had lane for passing. There is a great law in most of Europe that the left hand lane is used only for passing, and their drivers have no problem with this law. They show respect when someone is trying to pass in the left had lane instead of just staying there going at or under the speed limit.

      • jack sprat
        June 27, 2013 #

        When I did driver's ed in the mid-70's, they emphasized that rule. What's more, it was followed almost universally, in the Midwest at least, when I was growing up. Alas, young people generally abandoned civility, beginning around 1970, so that, like so much else, went by the boards.

      • Shelby
        July 13, 2013 #

        It depends on where you live in most states in the Northeast it is legal to travel in the left lane, In some western states the left lane is for passing only. In others areas it varies state to state.

      • DonG
        July 16, 2013 #

        What's wrong! It causes accidents! Just passed long overdue "keep right pass left" law.

        Left laners doing speed limit restrict normal traffic flow & causing weaving lane changing. Fortunately counties & states are beginning to ticket left lane cloggers.
        "Most places" don't have laws" but need to!

      • Mark M.
        September 2, 2013 #

        Yes in many states the left lane is for passing only. And it is not posted very well. That goes back to it being Your responsibility to know the Law.

      • RP
        September 13, 2013 #

        there is a rule, in some states written others not, that 5 miles per hour over the limit is not excessive and you will not be ticketed. So if you're in the left lane many many people would prefer to pass you within that five mile limit. In Nevada for instance, the left lane is reserved strictly for passing.

      • gc
        September 22, 2013 #

        Yeah! Technically it's illegal to pass on the right . Thats basic driving 101.

      • Bob C
        October 4, 2013 #

        Y E S. In every state.

      • Tom
        October 15, 2013 #

        The problem is that those cruising in the left lane don't move out of the way as someone approaches behind them.

      • Stan Sobkowicz
        November 7, 2013 #

        Left Lane is the passing lane, not the cruising lane.

      • Randy
        November 7, 2013 #

        Because itis for passing!

      • Teila
        November 13, 2013 #

        Ugh… You cannot be serious with such a self explanatory question. Do you think it's perfectly ok for a person to cruise at 65mph in the PASSING lane while 10 cars are behind them flashing their high beams at them as if to say "idiot move your slow a– out of the way!"? What on earth can you see "alright" in that?

        Common sense people.

      • Curtis E.
        December 4, 2013 #

        Actually there is in some states,there are even signs posted.The left lane for passing and emergency vehicles.Just because you're driving faster then everyone else or have an expensive car doesn't mean you own the left lane.Besides if your in the right lane and you suddenly realize you just about missed you turn you don't have to dart across multiple lanes possibly causing a wreck!

      • Jimmy John Brevard
        January 31, 2014 #

        Driving at or below speed limit and preventing other drivers from passing is just as bad as tailgating. This causes bottlecks that cause traffic chaos

      • HappyCamper
        February 10, 2014 #

        In fact the left lane also known as the fast lane, over-taking, high lane etc. It is illegal to just cruse in. This lane was designed for passing. It is also designated for Law Enforcement and Emergency vehicles. If you're cruising in the high lane and an Officer comes up behind you, on patrol….not on a call, and you don't move over to the Officer pass you, the Officer can pull you over and give you a ticket….most cases just a warning tho. The point is, everyday drivers NEVER know when an Officer is going to get a call and will need to have that lane free to address the call he/she has been dispatched to. Officers are often dispatched as a silent call, meaning they won't have their sirens on for you to know when to move over.

      • Billy Joe Jim Bob
        April 5, 2014 #

        Oh, one more thing: since you're asking this question, you obviously are not paying attention when you're driving, because there are signs everywhere that say "keep right, except to pass". *You* are part of the problem.

      • SF
        May 29, 2014 #

        It is against the law in Texas to drive in the left lane when not passing.

      • john
        May 31, 2014 #

        Traveling in the left lane is ticketable in all states

      • Bill Tyree
        June 15, 2014 #

        Yes, there is such a law. It is the law of common sense. I pass in the left lane and move to the right. It doesn't matter that I am cruising at or even slightly above (rare) the limit, the left lane is for passing and if someone else wants to pass at 90 or above I count it off to taking a sick kid to a hospital (I did this one time) or a first responder on the way to extract a fish bone from some ones throat. All of this is none of my business. My only business is to drive my car safely and lawfully and let the police worry about the speeders in the left lane.

      • Jack
        July 21, 2014 #

        New law in Georgia no cruising in passing large

      • Joe Marquardt
        August 8, 2014 #

        I see many comments stating "In many states, in most states, in all states" it is not legal to drive in the left lane when not passing. Wrong! Exactly 6 states have that law. "Most" states laws state when going slower than the posted speed limit you must vacate the left lane and you must give the right of way to vehicles going faster than you when you are going less than the posted limit. Don't get me wrong, I want the slowpokes out of the way, too, but let's be honest.

      • Jerry
        October 14, 2014 #

        In Texas there is. Left lane is for passing only and most interstate highways have signs posted saying that. But not many people get stopped or ticketed for it.

      • Clifton Wilson
        October 24, 2014 #

        Certain state highways in Texas specify left lane for passing only; if the officer is in a ticketing mood you need to be sure you move back into the right lane as soon as possible when the passing of slower vehicles is complete / only problem is not to wait too long or move too soon and impede the car in the right lane by not allowing proper spacing. Just noting that I am aware of many laws that can prove costly if you do not know. One that got our safety director was the slow-down or move-over for police or emergency persons stopped on the edge of the roadway. Yes he got ticketed and did not understand the example he was setting be wanting a way out of the ticket.

      • Robert Atkins
        November 1, 2014 #

        A matter of fact in Texas,
        yes it is a law left lane is for passing only

    • Jake johns
      June 25, 2013 #

      The reason for the "too slow in the left lane law" (aka impeding the flow of traffic) is simple economics. You're preventing speeders from speeding, which keeps the LEOs from pulling them over, which keeps the local government ffr cashing in

      • jack sprat
        June 27, 2013 #

        Actually, you'd be well advised not to extend your smart lip into similar action. Drivers who play such games are probably the leading cause of road rage incidents. It's not your freaking place to enforce the traffic laws. Nor is it your job to put other drivers "in their place", that being an excellent way to set off a frustrated alpha male. You really don't want to be the guy who makes himself the focal point of all that pent-up rage. I had a friend who did that once; he only survived the encounter because he'd had some lessons from a dirt track racer in the past and was driving a stick.

      • jeremy
        November 21, 2013 #

        Are u serious…thats ridiculous…you are probably one of those people who block traffic on the way to work

      • Analyze this
        March 21, 2014 #

        If you're in the left lane doing 15 mph over the limit, you are not driving too slow! Too many people have the attitude that you need to be passing everything in front of you no matter how fast it's going. If you can't comply within reasonable limits of the speed laws you don't need to be driving… Take an airplane.

      • Billy Joe Jim Bob
        April 5, 2014 #

        To Analyze this: this 'attitude' is nothing of the sort. Many of us are simply trying to distance ourselves from the slow thinkers and mindless daydreamers who clog our motorways day in, and day out. If it's too fast for you, ride a bicycle. (notice how easy it is to minimize the reasoning ability of others?)

    • Andrew
      August 1, 2013 #

      I actually got a warning for this, but I've driven a lot and this has happened exactly once to me.

      • scott
        May 24, 2014 #

        What happened to just being courteous and thinking of someone besides yourself and busy on your cellphone with needless chit chat and paying no attention to your driving oh and passing means moving beyond another vehicle not side by side for 30 miles ongoing get on by and get over regardless of where the speedo on the dash is registering if you need to go 30 over the speed doesn't mean you should stay in the left lane in my experience someone will be traveling at a greater speed than you do move over even if you don't have as much visibility in the right lane which is why I suspect most drivers shoot to the far left lane as soon as they can so they aren't having to feel like they're not able to see down the highway so the left lane gives them the further view and be damned with anyone else on the road which is do often the cause of traffic congestion

    • Ken Nagelberg
      September 22, 2013 #

      Amen. #1 violator of this law/courtesy? Big trucks. Especially late at night. I've sat behind a truck doing 51mph passing a truck going 50mph in a 65 zone at 3am with no one on the road. Truckers are the worst drivers on the road next to drunks, and when they cause an accident, they kill people.

      • Atrucker
        December 23, 2013 #

        Ken what little do u know. That was a responseable driver. Going through a major city. I slow down because you have higher percentage of mind changing drivers in cars. It takes a truck 300 yards to come to a complete stop. So 51 mph in the city sounds safe. Slow down go around. We truck drivers who drive responseable will tend to be in the right lane keeping a safe speed for the Big Truck… the other possibility is his company set the governer to low to (cough) save cost on insurance and fuel…. its a dangerous practice but its a leverage the insurance has on the Big trucking companies…. Tid bit… Its a known fact that 78% of all truck accidents are caused by drivers who are not held responseable as a commercial driver. We are highly regulated and lawyers like to use that to gain control in courtroom debates. Stay out ofbour way. We responceable truck drivers will ensure your safety. I know I do. That is something you can count on…. I removed my self for medical reasons to ensure my heart don't stop while I enjoy my passion for truck driving….. my point Ken. Truck drivers are not ALL bad. We do have a few bad apples. Please forgive those drivers who are not bad apples.

      • eddie v
        March 4, 2014 #

        Ken I drive a big truck and as a trucker stated if you don't like the speed of trucks don't blame the drivers because of what their company's due to their speed. Because of bad car drivers I have put a dash cam in my truck to protect myself. If you think that most of the wrecks are the trucks faul goto both you tube and live leak and look up dash cams. Quite a few of cars causing a wreck and trying to blame the truck. Also if you think that driving a truck is so easy try going to a truck stop and talk to the drivers. Many companys have a ride along program and see for yourself who creates the most problems.

      • Billy Joe Jim Bob
        April 5, 2014 #

        Right on Ken. I know exactly how you feel. I can't recall how many times I'm speeding up behind a couple of trucks, and the truck behind cuts in front of me before I have a chance to pass, then get to wait 8 minutes behind that (*^&^ to make the pass. You truckers defending this type of behavior simply don't seem to grasp that you are the ones creating a problem. Granted, some of you are much more courteous, but the ones that are not create situations.

        "Stay out of our way"

        Huh? Excuse me, pal, but I pay for those roads, too. Stay out of *my* way! (see how easily one can cop an unreasonably bad attitude towards another?) Just because you're big and mean doesn't give you any special rights. (I know you think it does, because you've probably been bullying people your entire life)

    • Tommyboy
      October 16, 2013 #

      Go onto the Interstate and drive in the left lane at 45 MPH and see what happens (if you're seen by Smokey ).

    • Larry
      June 7, 2014 #

      Then don't to Texas

    • John Henry
      July 29, 2014 #

      Depending on how badly the road is congested, it is a bit absurd to order all drivers to cruse in the right lane, and keep the left lane only open to passing. Most people just refer the left lane to the fast lane, while slower drivers should stay in the right most lane.

      It is very frustrating to be behind someone going 40 in a 55, where I (along with 80% of other drivers) will go 70. I've never seen this 40mph guy get pulled over, ever.

    • Tina
      October 2, 2014 #

      I was pulled over for cruising in the left lane. And driving too slowly is considered obstructing traffic and my mother got pulled over for that and my dad got ticketed for squealing his tires in front of my house

    • Jamie
      November 1, 2014 #

      I live in Cullman, Alabama. My brother was ticketed for impeding traffic. Ie……Driving below speed limit.

  3. J1
    March 23, 2013 #

    I've never heard of anyone being ticketed for cruising in the left lane, but at least when I lived in LA, I saw cops go after drivers several times where that was obviously the reason why. In every case I noticed, it was someone driving sufficiently slow that they were forcing other traffic to pass them on the right.

    Also, when my SIL was in high school, she got pulled over and kicked off the freeway for driving too slow (officer told her she'd be ticketed for obstructing if she failed to get off at the next exit). Apparently the police will pull drivers over for these two, but won't ticket them. Frankly, I'd love to see the cops do a lot more to create pain for drivers who obstruct traffic by driving too slow.

    "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"

    I have great difficulty believing that. Any research you can cite?

    • Anna
      April 23, 2013 #

      J1-I'm a cop and I'll tell you that the station I work for did an informal study regarding the number of crashes and number of speeding tickets issued. It was determined when officers were issuing more tickets, there was a significant decrease in collisions. However, in my humble opinion, they failed to take into account the possibility that the decrease in collisions could be a result merely from the higher visibility of officers on the road.

      I'll mention something else about speeding which is particular to California and something that the general public probably doesn't know. When there is a traffic collision, say, a fender bender, more often than not the actual cause of it was from someone who was distracted and didn't see the car in front of them that was stopped at a light or stop sign. However, we are required to write the cause as unsafe speed for conditions-the "logic" being that if the car in front of you was stopped, the speed limit is zero and even if you were only going one mph and hit that car, it's a speed related crash. So because of this requirement, I think there's an extremely inflated amount of crashes caused by "speed." Which of course "justifies" speeding tickets. I'm curious what other cops think about this.

      Personally, my biggest pet peeves are the left lane hogs. I guarantee that you'll get a ticket for that if I pull you over. Unfortunately, I don't work for the highway patrol and I think the tendency amongst most traffic cops is to write speeding tickets because they require virtually no work, unlike actually having to drive around and look for other violations. Just my 2 cents

      • Jessica Guerin
        April 23, 2013 #

        Thanks for your insight, Anna! It's really helpful to hear from people on the job.

      • Rick OBRIEN
        April 25, 2013 #

        What exactly IS a left lane hog, Anna ?

      • Rick R
        July 31, 2013 #

        What is a left lane hog? Any driver that is passed on the right side of their vehicle, by one vehicle. A driver that is going the same speed as the vehicle to the right of them. Any driver that has a vehicle(s) behind them, where the distance is not becoming larger. This could mean that you should be in the number one lane with the people that are entering and exiting the roadway, Just because you do not want to deal with them does not mean you should be in lane number 2 or greater. From the first three sentences you should conclude that you need to pay attention to what is going on around you. Just because there are fewer vehicles in the far left lane does not give you the right to hog that lane. If you are there and someone comes up behind you the courteous thing to do is to move over one lane to the right and stay there unless you come upon another lane hog that is going to slow for the lane you are in. One more lane hog is the driver that is going to make a left turn in the next five blocks plus. Unless you are willing to go with the flow of traffic. If vehicles are passing you on the right you’re not going with the flow.

      • Marina
        April 23, 2014 #

        I have to agree about traffic cops in CA being lazy and just writing speeding tickets instead of looking for the most dangerous drivers. From time to time I do see people speeding in a way that is obviously dangerous, but most the accidents and near misses I see are caused either by inattention or a combination of inattention and rapid lane changes or following too closely.
        I would also guess cops prefer speeding tickets because they are easier to defend in court too. If some guy was driving faster than the posted speed limit, he was definitely in violation of the California Vehicle code, and there is really little judgement involved. Tailgating and changing lanes without looking may be more dangerous than ten over, but the rules aren't as clear and the offender is more likely to get off.
        I'm guessing.

    • jack sprat
      June 27, 2013 #

      Ball park,using those numbers, that would mean that 5 million vehicle accidents were thwarted per year as a result. My gut tells me that it's at least superficially reasonable.

  4. John edwards
    April 12, 2013 #

    Stay out of the left lane, unless your passing or paying attention to people behind you. This practis could save you THE FINGER.

  5. Gerald Hintlian
    April 17, 2013 #

    I heard in Los Angeles the largest number of tickets are issued for 'following too close." Probably a close cousin to speeding, but that is what I read some time ago!

  6. Scott
    April 27, 2013 #

    I wish New York post a highway speed minimum like out west does. I be willing to bet the guy in left lane doing 40 more dangerous then the one doing 75 is. So let's make common sense and post both maximum and minimum speeds on all highways.

  7. Cliff Finch
    May 8, 2013 #

    Who are any of you kidding? the main reason cops write enormous volumes of tickets is to increase the flow of revenues to the public treasury. Public Safety is just a term they use to conceal and mask the intent of the city fathers who employ them. Their #1 purpose has not been safety for nearly 50 years.

  8. akill allah
    June 9, 2013 #

    The main reason people are pulled over in Texas is racial profiling. Casing joints waiting for people to leave so they can give tickets take people to jail. I thought duty #1 was protect and serve, not harass and meet some damn quota. Traffic cops are cowards in my book. If traffic is ''dangerous'' as in injury or life threatening, then do your job. But laying for people when the infraction is harmless, that is cowardice. Find some real crime and justify your job.

  9. Albert
    June 20, 2013 #

    There are serverl reason of driving peole should know not to do , #1 left lane hogger, #2 don't pull out in ffront of some one else and drive slow ,#3 don't pass some one just to slow down and make a right or left turn in font of him or her,#4 if some body has been pulled over keep driving it none of your business , if you need to talk on phone wait till you get home, #5 don't read newspaper or anything else while ar stop light,and the last one is please make sure your inspection and regestrastion is up to date ,I have seen cars with inspection expired from 3 months to 2 years past due ,come on you have to see them every time you get in what ever you are driving.

    • Travis
      October 31, 2013 #

      Maybe we should make the fees for these more reasonable. People who work minimum wage jobs can't afford this in some states its outrageous…maybe we could move minimum wage to where you can afford to live working 80 hours a week, because right now you can't.

    • Johnnyreb
      December 21, 2013 #

      We don't have inspection sticker in Tennessee

  10. unknown
    June 29, 2013 #

    I got pulled over at night driving my honda civic windows tinted. The cop pulled me over asked if i was drinking. Hello i just went swimming. Than a few minutes later a police from the k9 unit asked me if i had drugs i told him no y would i have drugs? I dont do drugs. I have my daughter in the car with me. So he took his dog n sniffed around my car. Like really?!? No drugs. Nothing..

    • unknown
      June 29, 2013 #

      Swimming at the grand lodge hotel.

    • BubbaJ
      July 23, 2013 #

      NEVER ALLOW A SEARCH! They have NO RIGHT to search your car unless you have been ARRESTED! A Checkpoint is not enough to give reasonable supposition! Dog can and do give FALSE hits! Know your RIGHTS, keep silent, and only ask "Am I being detained" Don't give up your rights, we are loosing more and more rights each and every day!

      • Glenn
        December 25, 2013 #

        Now that is exactly right. Some of these cops think they can pour on the pressure and you'll panic and give in, "DON"T give up your rights" I couldn't have said it any better. And DON"T be a "LEFT LANE LOLLY-GAGGER". And for God's sake, turn on your freakin' lights. There isn't a night out there where I don't some idiot driving with only their running lights, like these idiots don't notice their dashboard is completely dark.

  11. Larry
    July 2, 2013 #

    This was a really great article! Wow…you mean, you can get pulled over for speeding? Or having a cracked windshield? I never knew that? And I always thought that using your cell phone in the car was OK…or perhaps having sex while driving…or maybe even walking across the roof of your car while driving. I never knew that any of these things were illegal. Thanks for the GREAT advise! It was sooooo helpful!

  12. Bill
    July 29, 2013 #

    Most people in CA are terrible drivers to begin with. Here are some of the things I've witnessed in my 18 years of driving in CA:

    - People drive too fast for the conditions. (rain, fog)
    - People don't use turn signals at all. (that's more like an epidemic out here)
    - Tailgating, giving me a dirty look because they are in a hurry, then whe confronted, deny it. (haha)
    - Talking on the cellphone. (another epidemic)
    - Hogging the fast lane for some unknown reason.
    - Passing a school bus with its flashing red lights blinking….
    - Just not paying attention period.

    The list goes on.

  13. CarlS
    July 30, 2013 #

    All the discussion about driving in the left lane. Well, after 14 years in Europe, I agree. Over there, if you are the lead car ion a left lane hit from behind, you are at fault. Period.

    But . . . in America, if you are in the left lane, and driving at the speed limit ?

    I mean, it's illegal to exceed the speed limit, so who could or should be passing you? Except for cops with lights on, or cops who have that blanket permission to exceed the speed limit and other laws whenever they feel like it.

    Most of whom are too busy writing tickets for "revenue and ego purposes" instead of helping and educating drivers.

    Cops used to be police officers. Law enforcers are not the same. See Sir Robert Peel's Nine Principles of Policing at http://www.magnacartaplus.org/briefings/nine_police_principles.htm .

    • Todd
      June 30, 2014 #

      Yes, and I have checked. In most states, if you are doing the speed limit, you are fine to be in the left lane, because, as you said, no one is legally supposed to be able to pass you anyway. There are a handful of states who disagree with that, though.

  14. GlennB
    August 6, 2013 #

    I understand there are different traffic laws for different states and municipalities. They should all be observed. I am for obeying the traffic laws and yet exercising my freedom where the the law does not constrain. Above all, I try to obey common sense. It seems that some people on the road don't. (I think the people to drive TOO CLOSE and drunk drivers are the greatest hazards on the road. ) For instance, I understand the federal government, states, and municipalities build those roads for those speed limits in mind. The speed limits have been determined to be the optimum trade-off for speed and safety. If you want to travel faster, then you are sacrificing your safety and EVERYONE ELSE'S just so that you can get home 5 minutes quicker. 1) I ASSURE YOU, YOU DON'T GOTTA BE ANYWHERE BAD ENOUGH TO RISK MY LIFE. Unfortunately it is human nature while you are in your vehicle to be totally oblivious to what is going on around you, and you get tunnel vision. you need to be reminded that the road does not belong to you, exclusively. Also be aware that I am on the road to ACCOMMODATE YOU just so that you can speed and drive as fast as your little heart wishes. No, I, as a regular driver, am not there to enforce the law. But I am not there to accommodate you so you can break the law anymore than I am to serve as body shield for a bank robber. You want to break the law, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. One other issue concerns this myth of "normal traffic flow". There is no such thing as normal. IF the general body of traffic flow is going above the upper speed limit it is because the law enforcement if FAILING to do their job. So, I understand that as a general rule, the slower traffic should remain in furtherest to the right lain as much as possible. That's a good rule go by. Out on the open interstate highways this might be appropriate, but in the cities you may need to drive on the left lain because your next exit is on the left. So it may be acceptable for even slower traffic to be in the left lain. You don't like? Tuff. A final message to my fellow drivers who have a hair-trigger in their ROAD RAGE finger, you can sit on it. Finally a message to you Extreme Road Ragers who have a tendency to loss all your control to get out of your car and want to start a fight. Last year several Road Rage incidences did not end well for them because the people they attacked in the other cars were armed with REAL GUNS. They did not go home. We all want to go home. So BE SAFE, BE COURTEOUS, AND BE PATIENT.

    • NickG
      August 27, 2013 #

      AMEN. I agree 100%. Thank god there are other ppl who think like this. I was sicked at all the sheeple I saw agreeing to the contrary.

    • NeilB
      September 18, 2013 #

      Most of your points are valid with one glaring exception. You seem to think your opinion should apply to everyone else. You are guilty of the same tunnel vision you accuse others of. You do not own the highway. It is not your place to enforce traffic law. You have no idea who is driving that vehicle behind you. You start off by stating you obey common sense, then you prove otherwise by stating you don't have to accommodate others. You don't belong in the left lane unless you are passing or exiting the road! Why is that concept so difficult for you? Do you know if that car behind you is an unmarked police car? Do you know if the occupant may be rushing to a hospital? Do you know that DEA, FBI, ATF and many other agencies purposely try to be incognito? Since you have no way of knowing why that person behind you may be in a hurry, it is your obligation to get out of the way. Drive your vehicle safely and stop trying to control others. Your attitude is the quickest way to get yourself and or others hurt…

      • aztec3
        December 11, 2013 #

        One other factor to keep in mind…I was once passed by someone on a city street that, to me, appeared to be a manic. I soon understood why, they were rushing to the hospital emergency room.

    • Sanders J.
      February 25, 2014 #

      I am stunned to see a comment here by someone sentient (even if a poorish speller). Way to go, Glenn! Many people are on the road and they differ; give them space to work out their issues. Just drive where you're going – you don't need to form relationships with strangers on the road. And don't ever, ever be in the same state as the horrifying Teila (Nov 13).

  15. bbobb
    September 12, 2013 #

    they missed no.1 reason for pullovers….revenue enhancement…or as we call it fund raising

  16. Towser
    September 12, 2013 #

    1. Law Enforcement Agencies purchase their ciation forms from the court.
    The court collects the money (look at the address on the citaiont.
    Cities and counties recieve very little revenue through traffic citations. (Cities actually lose money on parking citations. Do a cost analysis of officer's pay, cost of equipment, cost of training and you will see that traffic citations are not the pot of gold that most people believe. 2. Traffic citations are easier to write after you have worked a few fatal accidents that were completely avoidable if drivers had followed the law. 3. I always enforced the "petty" equipment violations because: A. Drivers who don't maintain their vehicles tend to have warrants for their arrest, no auto insurance, and a suspended or revoked drivers license. B. Minor citations may provide leads in major cases. NYPD apprehended the "Son of Sam" homicide suspect because of a parking ticket. In my personal experience a homicide was solved through a minor equipment violation. The ciation locked the suspects and vehicle into a time and location that did not fit there alibi!!!!! 3. As for vehicle searches read the latest case law on the Carroll Doctrine before spouting off about illegal vehicle searches… sorry, but if you haven't been a cop you don't have a clue about traffic stops!!!

    • Mike
      September 16, 2014 #

      Obviously a cop! I wouldn't have your job for 10X the money. Any stop you make could be potentially catastrophic. Having to treat every one as such with no understanding on the part of the person you pulled over. Adamant that they've done nothing wrong. When pulled over, I sit with both hands on the wheel until the officer is at my window, not looking around or reaching for anything. This is for my safety as well as his/hers. Consequently, I've never had my car searched or been detained for no reason. Much respect.

  17. rio
    September 17, 2013 #

    Its 2 easy 2 get a license, its ben over 20 years since i toke the 1 page, 28 true or false questionnaire, which take a lil less then 10mins(is it still like that?) The test administered to me, JUST the 1st 3parts which is GENERAL KNOWLEDGE, combination & air brakes. All 2gether@least 30-45mins so im not goin 2 mention all my endorsements which then takes longer but n e way needs 2 b changed. Ha ha ha but most ppl dnt even kno wut class license they have which is outrageous, so how could n e1 expect them 2 kno the law? Bottom line, i blame jessie white & his facilities for doin a half a$$ job! So thank u Illinois, so sad 2 c a less then 2ton vehicle(ever hear of the 2 SECOND RULE?) need more cushion then a 20 ton vehicle, n the hammer lane aka PASSING lane, b'n pass'd by a 20 ton vehicle that can do the posted speed limit. (Bet sum of u r look'n@ur license now) the average class d holder cant even tell u 2 rules from the rules of the road book. So again, thanks Mr white. Awesum job!

    (& whoeva comment on my spellin, i guarantee u the 1 screw'n up traffic)

  18. joe madden
    September 23, 2013 #

    stay right pass left.idiots doing 50mph. in a 65mph using left lane is what causes people to become mad as hell enter roadrage.

  19. Nixter Nixen
    September 26, 2013 #

    What's funny is that lots of cops do this stuff themselves. Lane changes without signaling, using their computersand cell phones while driving. Shame on those who do not practice what they preach.

    • Loyd Briarson
      October 6, 2013 #

      Just the other day I saw a cop speeding down the road and pass me. He wasn't wearing a seat belt, and 10 blocks down the road he changed lanes without signalling so that he could pass someone. I was laughing and shaking my head, and then he cut that same person off to zip across in front of them and turn into McDonalds.

      I stopped at McDonalds myself to grab a milk shake, and there was no emergency or anything — the cop was just standing in line and ordering a Big Mac.

      I tried calling in to complain, but you know you never get anywhere trying to complain to a cop about another cop. The fact that I have to pay their salary so that they can do stuff like this really irks me.

      I've seen some good cops before, but not around here.

  20. Kathy
    September 29, 2013 #

    So to Anna, the officer, or any other officers: your opinion was that there were far fewer accidents when the police were out and noticeable. This is the assumption that being visable makes people behave, which I am in complete agreement with. If that is the case, why are all the cop cars going to just looking like "regular" cars? IE Exlporers, Mustangs, etc. I feel like hiding in unmarked cars adds to people thinking they can do whatever they want on the road because there is no one watching. I see the need for some detectives in unmarked "normal" looking cars, but not highway patrol. I am a good driver, I don't hog lanes, drive at speed limit, don't swerve in and out of traffic, always use my blinker and for heavens sake I never text! I have two young drivers I try really hard to set an example for, because it's my worst phone call fear. Yet, when I see a cop car on the road anywhere, I take notice and make sure I'm following ALL the rules of the road.
    No more Crown Royals here! ???

    • I am me
      August 4, 2014 #

      Uh…crown royal is a canadian whiskey. Crown victorias on the other hand are a popular model of sedan used in many auto fleets including law enforcement. The crown "vic" has been discontinued by ford motor company so you will (already are) begin seeing a decline in these cars dressed In police markings

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