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The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:09 pm

Of course most people here on A.net drive everyday and if you drive on the streets it is only a matter of time until you see a police car around your car, either in front of you, to the side of you, or right behind you.

Here in SoCal when a police car comes around in the road, I see people slow down to a pace that is much slower than the police car, I see people try to change lanes as soon as the cop car is visible and of course everyone makes a complete stop at the stop sign as they are supposed to do in the first place.

When a police car comes my way, I really don't sweat it, I know I am going the speed limit, I know I got my license, registration, insurance, proof of insurance and my tags aren't expired.

Do you see people panic at the sight of a police car on the road? Do you get scared? If you are a current or former police officer, what is your experience?
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:27 pm

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
Here in SoCal when a police car comes around in the road, I see people slow down to a pace that is much slower than the police car,

It's like they expect to get bonus points for going below the speed limit.

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):

Do you see people panic at the sight of a police car on the road?

Yes. Like Star Wars: keep your distance but don't look like you're keeping your distance. Don't slam on the brakes and on a crowded road you'll almost certainly be able to see them and slow down before they can tag you.

Use the behavior of others to clue you in. People hitting the brakes for no apparent reason or traffic behind you slowing down is a pretty strong indication that a cop is around.

Do your homework. Know how the local police cars are painted and act accordingly. Know the type and paint of unmarked units too. For example, in St. Louis you can ignore Crown Vics. They are all private vehicles or taxis as the cops almost exclusively use Impalas and Tahoes. (Not like the metro cops pay attention to traffic violations anyway) And watch out for detectives too. It might be a police car, but if the driver is wearing a suit and has no radar, you're good to go.

Lastly, time and distance are your friend. If there's traffic behind you so a cop at a speed trap can't pull out, use that to your advantage. Or get a couple trucks between you and sprint ahead. Police move quick, but not that quick. Put some space between you and disappear.
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Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:32 pm

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
Of course most people here on A.net drive everyday

Why make that assumption, first of all? Some of us don't live (and in my case certainly don't *want* to live) somewhere where a car is necessary for everyday life. If it's necessary, then I'll get the hell out of there with the first chance I get.

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
Here in SoCal when a police car comes around in the road, I see people slow down to a pace that is much slower than the police car

That's because people fear the police. Which is fair, cause in many smaller cities they get their funding through fines, so any small deviation from normal can get ticketed.

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
see people try to change lanes as soon as the cop car is visible and of course everyone makes a complete stop at the stop sign as they are supposed to do in the first place

Excellent. In that case, I'd put a cop car on every street corner. Too many drivers lack awareness and concern for others these days.

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
When a police car comes my way, I really don't sweat it, I know I am going the speed limit, I know I got my license, registration, insurance, proof of insurance and my tags aren't expired.

Maybe you'll have a "busted taillight" at some point...

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
Do you see people panic at the sight of a police car on the road? Do you get scared?

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Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:33 pm

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
Do you see people panic at the sight of a police car on the road? Do you get scared?

I see people panic, sure, or at least go much slower than they otherwise would.

Personally, I don't panic. Since most of my driving is relatively mellow, I'm not very worried about a cop car. I just drive like normal, though I may pay a bit closer attention to my speedometer.

On surface streets, I'm never really going more than 5-10 mph above the speed limit, which is in line with most of the other traffic. On freeways, I'll generally go as fast as traffic in the fast lane. There's almost always a few drivers passing me, so I don't really worry.

The only time I get surprised is when I glance at my rearview mirror on a freeway, and see a cop car literally right behind me, that wasn't there 5 seconds ago. But 99.99% of the time, they just want me to move over a lane so they can pass (I don't park in the fast lane, so this doesn't happen all that often).
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Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:46 pm

Here you just drive normally. Keep your normal distance. Mind the speed limit and drive a little bit above (about 5 km/h). If you drive too slow the cops will think that you are drunk and trying to be extra correct. Don´t make boobs like running through a red traffic light or not stopping at a stop sign.
If the cop car is very slow (like when they might be slowly patrolling or looking for something), don´t worry, just pass it the correct vway (on the inner lane, indicating and making sure that you won´t cut somebody off, but you should do this anyway). Keep lane discipline.

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Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:08 pm

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Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:08 pm

The road I take between home and work has a speed limit of 70, and there are often State Troopers driving along between towns. Many times, they're going 65 or so, and I'll pass them going about 73. It's always a weird feeling to pass a police car...
 
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Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:20 pm

It's fun to see people sometimes, my dad had a 2001 white Golf stationcar and all the time he could see people overtaking him slow down when they saw his car. On the other hand it might have something to with him wearing blue short sleeved shirts.

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 4):
Here you just drive normally. Keep your narmal distance. Mind the speed limit and drive a little bit above (about 5 km/h). If you drive too slow the cops will think that you are drunk and trying to be extra correct. Don´t make boobs like running through a red traffic light or not stopping at a stop sign.
If the cop car is very slow (like when they might be slowly patrolling or looking for something), don´t worry, just pass it the correct vway (on the inner lane, indicating and making sure that you won´t cut somebody off, but you should do this anyway). Keep lane discipline.

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Normally the same here, but the one I have been pulled over was for overtaking a policecar on the motorway doing 120 in where the limit was 110.

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Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:24 pm

I drive exactly like I was driving.

I don't speed. I signal when I turn. I stop at stop signs and red lights. I keep my registration UTD. Thus, I have nothing to fear from an ethical cop.
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:44 pm

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
When a police car comes my way, I really don't sweat it, I know I am going the speed limit, I know I got my license, registration, insurance, proof of insurance and my tags aren't expired.


Same here, problem is so many people out there don't have insurance or a license etc..

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
Do you see people panic at the sight of a police car on the road? Do you get scared?


I see it often. The worst is one the highway. I get fairly annoyed at cops who post up doing the exact speed limit on a highway at night. No one seriously expects people to drive at the exact limit on a empty highway. 90% of drivers will be afraid to pass the cop. If the cop is going 5+ the limit or more I usually wont pass the officer either. But if he is doing the exact speed limit I will slowly pass the cop 2-3mph over. IMO a cop seeing someone pass him is probably thinking well they have nothing to hide.

Also there are a lot of factors. First off most of the time I see cops on the highway they are speeding anyway 10-15mph+ so I will just stay behind the officer. If it is highway patrol I probably would never pass them unless they were doing under the limit. But if I am in a suburb and I see a city of Miami cop or a cop outside of its jurisdiction I will likely pass him. Even though officers in my county can stop anyone any where no matter what city they are from why would they waste their time and safety. Traffic stops are fairly dangerous for officers so cops, especially city cops going to or from work are not going to risk it for a stupid speeding ticket. Again they are speeding most of the time anyway like everyone else.

Quoting SW733 (Reply 6):
The road I take between home and work has a speed limit of 70, and there are often State Troopers driving along between towns. Many times, they're going 65 or so, and I'll pass them going about 73. It's always a weird feeling to pass a police car...


Same here, done it many times with no problems. When I am driving late at night in a 55mph zone I will often be going 75mph or so. (this highway should not be a 55mph it should be at least 65) anyway most people at that time are going above the limit anyway. I have passed Troopers not even city cops siting at the side of the road on one particular highway going 20-25mph over the speed limit and they did not even move.
Why? I assume they are waiting for bigger fish. I am often passed on this highway by people going 100+.

But then there are towns in Miami-Dade county that have police for the sole reason of giving out tickets. I would never pass one of those cops and never do more than 1mph over the limit there.

Moral of the story: It really depends, there are actually a lot of variables. Passed a cop today, he was going under the limit I passed him going under the limit too. But yet there were still people afraid to pass.
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:45 pm

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 4):
If you drive too slow the cops will think that you are drunk and trying to be extra correct.

That's indeed important. Slow, extra-careful driving is a good way to get stopped, especially at night.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 2):
Some of us don't live (and in my case certainly don't *want* to live) somewhere where a car is necessary for everyday life.

Me too. Having to drive every day would seriously reduce my quality of life.
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Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:51 pm

Quoting flymia (Reply 9):
I have passed Troopers not even city cops siting at the side of the road on one particular highway going 20-25mph over the speed limit and they did not even move.

State Troopers don't care. The city cops are much more prone to be jerks and are just out to make money for their municipality.
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Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:28 am

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
Here in SoCal when a police car comes around in the road, I see people slow down to a pace that is much slower than the police car, I see people try to change lanes as soon as the cop car is visible and of course everyone makes a complete stop at the stop sign as they are supposed to do in the first place.
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
State Troopers don't care. The city cops are much more prone to be jerks and are just out to make money for their municipality.

I would reckon that unless a cop is actually out to sting people for speeding most don't care a whole lot unless are going a huge amount over (say 20 or 30) and everyone else is going the limit and you make yourself stand out.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1):
Yes. Like Star Wars: keep your distance but don't look like you're keeping your distance. Don't slam on the brakes and on a crowded road you'll almost certainly be able to see them and slow down before they can tag you.

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Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:52 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
State Troopers don't care.

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Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:49 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):

In Miami it's the other way. I think it is this way for most large cities. Small suburbs need their cops to make money. The city of Miami or Miami-Dade county does not need speeding ticket money, they need cops taking care of far more important things. Troppers here on the other hand are only on the highway, unless they are investigating an accident all they do is traffic. Besides 90% of the time I speed enough to be worthy of a ticket it is on the highway and that's trooper territory. City guys have more important things to worry about, most of the time the danger of the stop won't be worth it. I've had a city cop tell me he almost never makes traffic stops. A $100 ticket is not worth the risk. I agree with him.
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:51 am

I do find that I drive a little bit differently when I see cops. I tend to slow down a little, but only to what I feel is a reasonable speed. I have found that as long as you are not being silly, the police seem to let a little bit of speeding go by. That is not always the case.

I had a funny thing happen a while back. I was cruising up the highway on Vancouver Island. It is a 4 lane divided freeway where I was, and the speed limit is 110. If there were to be no speed limit, the long straights and sweeping curves would pretty much let you drive a car at any speed with no problems at all. Normally the traffic is going around 115 in the slow lane and between 120 and 130 in the fast lane. I tend to usually be in the fast lane, but I move over whenever someone comes up behind me.

In this case I saw the cop car way back behind me and I went down a few kph to the speed limit as did the van in front of me by a few hundred feet. The cop car came up and parked itself in the fast lane just in front of the van with his back right corner at the front left of the van. It is always awkward driving that close to another car on the highway so the guy in the van eased off the gas a little bit. So did the cop. He did it again, and again the cop followed.

The guy in the van then tried speeding up again to the speed limit, but the cop just matched his move, so the guy went a little bit faster, just a few kph. As soon as he did the cop pulled him over. If that is not a dirty trick I don't know what is.
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Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:31 am

Quoting flymia (Reply 14):

The inner city cops ignore you. If you want them to stop you you'll have to drive on the sidewalk. Suburban cops are the worst since they basically do nothing but traffic, and troopers are rare in urban areas. They seem come and go, but generally they are outnumbered by municipal and county cops probably 8 or 10 to 1. In rural areas troopers are far more common but less interested in revenue. City and county cops want your money and are also far more likely to be jerks.
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Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:40 am

Quoting flyboyseven (Reply 15):
The guy in the van then tried speeding up again to the speed limit, but the cop just matched his move, so the guy went a little bit faster, just a few kph. As soon as he did the cop pulled him over. If that is not a dirty trick I don't know what is.

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Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:50 am

The favourite trick of people here is if they see a cop or a speed camera, they all brake which causes accidents.

Really stupid idea, I've nearly run into the back of people who've been doing the speed limit, braked because they've seen a speed camera and then accelerated again.
 
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Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:30 am

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 18):
Really stupid idea, I've nearly run into the back of people who've been doing the speed limit, braked because they've seen a speed camera and then accelerated again.

Agreed.

When I worked out of a coach co in Kettering I could guarantee seeing the same stupid behaviour every evening on the way home on the A14. At around junction 9 there is a camera. Now, bear in mind that due to funding shortages every static camera in Northamptonshire was switched off over a year ago and the limit for a car on that section of the A14 is 70mph. I usually sit at around 60-65 mph and every time I get near the camera I see the brake lights come on in front. Everyone will go from 60, 70, 80 etc to 50 or even 40 in a split second. In my Golf I can brake in time, I've had them overtake me while I'm working then slam the anchors on which isn't much fun when you're driving a 44 tonne artic! I have no idea how I've not managed to turn any of them into strawberry jam yet

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Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:36 pm

In a marked cruiser people slowing really annoys me...I mean common at least do the sped limit. In an unmarked you really see how bad people drive.


The area I work has a bunch of suburban slums and street gangs. So I do not have to tag "good people" for the little stuff and pretty much get left alone. If You have a violent criminal history there are no breaks on anything. I feel that you gave up the right for ticket breaks by being violent.

Quoting flyboyseven (Reply 15):
The guy in the van then tried speeding up again to the speed limit, but the cop just matched his move, so the guy went a little bit faster, just a few kph. As soon as he did the cop pulled him over. If that is not a dirty trick I don't know what is.

How about I suggest this other senario. Cop runs plate before the stop like we all do either on the computer or radio. Matching the move is what sort of happens subconsciously while waiting for the hits( while they are fast to return ittakes a bit to read them) Perhaps the guy was a shit head or baddie and he pulled him over, or had a warrant.

Remember in Canada we do not need any"probable cause"(US term) to stop a vehicle other than to check for drivers license, insurance, and registration. You just assume that he was stopped for going a few KPH over.

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Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:01 pm

I don't drive everyday currently as I take bus=>train=>subway, but I used to and will soon again. However around here you don't see many cops on the roads, and the one you see aren't there for the traffic but looking for criminals or are anti-riot cops (not that there are any riots, but they intimidate criminals). When I see an anti-riot bus I'll slow down if I'm over the limit, but that's it, I won't hesitate to pass if it's slow (often they're in convoys), most people will.

I've had very good experience with cops, probably because I drive a womanly car (apple green Citroën C3) and don't dress like a gang member (and am white). I've been stopped 4 of 5 times for reckless driving by anti-gang cops and anti-riot cops and they never actually ticketed me, just gave me a speech.

As for cameras, there are many, in fact the first one installed in the country is a few Km from here (and my dad managed to get a ticket from it on the day it was installed !). People will brake like maniacs when seeing one, so I'm even more cautious than before about keeping my distances and maintaining my car.
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Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:38 pm

Every autumn there is a techno music festival at a former USAF cruise missile base on my way to work. Ever year state police, federal police and customs set up checkpoints around the location of the event where they stop and search cars.
Mainly for drugs, since the event attracts drug dealers and the Belgian and Dutch borders are not too far away.
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Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:26 pm

I drive daily through a speed camera area and shake my head at the people that slow down to go through it. If you don't know how fast you're going you probably should quit driving.
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Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:39 pm

On interstates, some cops like to troll slowly in the right lanes, expect a nice cocoon of skared folks to box 'em in, and then wait patiently for the first frustrated inattentive sucker to blast out of the rolling roadblock in the left lanes.

I generally will pass cops at 5 over. Yeah, you generally get a free 10, but why chance it?

I did get pulled over passing a cop once-- expired registration. I didn't get a ticket because I was literally driving out of the state to move to a different one. Some cops are reasonable!
 
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Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:48 pm

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):
When a police car comes my way, I really don't sweat it, I know I am going the speed limit, I know I got my license, registration, insurance, proof of insurance and my tags aren't expired.

Around here, doing the speed limit on the highway is pretty rare. In one case, we have a highway with three lanes in each direction that's marked 55 mph. If you do 55 on that hichway chances are good you will get hit in the ass end by someone doing 70.

The highways marked 65 are routinely run at 75 in the slow lanes, 80 in the fast lanes.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 2):
That's because people fear the police.

Indeed, and the fact that the penalties are so stiff both from the government and the insurance company, yet getting busted is so entirely random.

It pays to do whatever silly thing you can do to avoid getting busted.

Quoting flymia (Reply 9):
I see it often. The worst is one the highway. I get fairly annoyed at cops who post up doing the exact speed limit on a highway at night. No one seriously expects people to drive at the exact limit on a empty highway. 90% of drivers will be afraid to pass the cop.

Yep, it becomes a rolling road block. Most cops realize the gig is up and get off at the next exit, or set up behind a bridge or something.

Traffic safety is a serious thing, but the way things are set up is all a big game. Cops know finding someone violating the law is easier than shooting fish in a barrel. We know to do our best to not be the fish with a round to the head.
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Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:03 am

I generally don't worry when I see one. I stay close to the limit and will often use cruise control in town to ensure I don't "drift up".

When I'm in heavy traffic I'll go with the traffic without too much concern about the speed limit - no ones like a slow car in fast traffic. A good environment for an accident.

On the highway I'll get an extra mile or two over the limit if the road id easy. I like nothing more than a car passing me on highways and turnpikes. I fire they are the bird dogs to attract the police of highway patrol.
 
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Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:10 am

I get slightly nervous when there is a cop car around but I always drive the speed limit or very close to the speed limit. I just drive like a normally do.
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Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:03 am

Quoting 2707200X (Thread starter):



In the Baltimore area when you see the po po on the street in their cruiser chances are they are cruising for ticketing you
(more County and Md. State Police) and in the city, doing the hooker hunt/roust about.

I for one, will try to get back toward the speed limit (on the Interstates) I have a bit of a led foot. In Maryland if you are in a construction area or around a school don't even think about putting the petal to the metal. Go around a stopped school bus with it's flashing light show and get ready to pony up big time for a pricey violation and get screamed at. One time, on Park Heights Avenue. prior to the beltway a schoolbus was stopped and a woman cruised by it without stopping. The cops had her pulled over and you'd have thought they were grilling (shouting) at Casey Anthony or Bin Ladin. The officer of the law was giving her a power lecture!
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Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:10 pm

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 26):
I like nothing more than a car passing me on highways and turnpikes. I fire they are the bird dogs to attract the police of highway patrol.

They're called trooper bait  
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Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:14 pm

Guess most people dont want to be fined unnecessary....
I just follow the rules & if needed even horn the Police car if they are blocking the path unnecessary.....You should see my friends faces when that happens  
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:48 pm

It all depends, for me, on when and where I am. Late at night on the way home from work, country roads getting followed by a Sheriff? Speed limit for sure, probably a few under for a buffer. I-65 or 465 in traffic? Forget it, I'm doing what everyone else is, which is most of the time 70-75 (signed for 55 or 60 inside Marion County). And I usually get smoked by the cop doing 85-90, no lights/sirens. Outside of town on the interstate means 80 minumum so I don't get run over. But when everyone else acts like a scared kid around a cop, I just hold back, work through the jam and get around it. No use stressing.
 
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:06 pm

Quoting Revelation (Reply 25):
Around here, doing the speed limit on the highway is pretty rare. In one case, we have a highway with three lanes in each direction that's marked 55 mph. If you do 55 on that hichway chances are good you will get hit in the ass end by someone doing 70.

The highways marked 65 are routinely run at 75 in the slow lanes, 80 in the fast lanes.

Without reading your profile, I assumed you were from the Northeast, and upon reading it, it was confirmed.  

I notice, at least here in MA, that you have to be driving like a total douche to be pulled over on the highway. Full disclosure: my only two tickets that Ive received were from Staties, that were then both waived in 'court'. So I was douchy at least twice.

Also, can anyone explain how local cops are regarded in respect to highways? For example: I was pulled over once on the highway by a town cop who happened to be on the highway (and within his town limits). He just barked at me but didnt give me anything but a verbal warning. Something about not "having respect for him" etc...
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:38 pm

I experience the described behavior a lot in traffic in Germany. I guess nobody wants to get pulled over, seems to be intimidating to most people.

On the other hand, it doesn't really matter. Cops got a sixth sense for which cars to pull over. I went on a few police ride alongs in the US, they just pull you over when their gut feeling tells them to. Also from the stories they told me, it is mainly experience and the fact that they know what to look for. It doesn't matter if you go below the speed limit or whatever, if you have a reason to be afraid of a traffic stop, they will most certainly get you.  
 
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Tue May 01, 2012 1:18 am

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 33):
It doesn't matter if you go below the speed limit or whatever, if you have a reason to be afraid of a traffic stop, they will most certainly get you.

Legally, they need some sort of excuse, though. Driving on the line, following too closely, light out, whatever.

Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 32):
Also, can anyone explain how local cops are regarded in respect to highways? For example: I was pulled over once on the highway by a town cop who happened to be on the highway (and within his town limits).

I got pulled over by a sheriff on an interstate... I think they can cite you?
 
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Tue May 01, 2012 1:32 am

Quoting SSTeve (Reply 34):
I think they can cite you?

Of course they can
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Tue May 01, 2012 2:56 am

Quoting SSTeve (Reply 34):
I got pulled over by a sheriff on an interstate... I think they can cite you?
Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 35):
Of course they can

Thank guys. Now does this vary by state or district or whatever?

The only reason I ask is because everyone (this would be friends, colleagues, what have you...) always seems to have a different "opinion" on the subject and frankly, I don't care for that. I want to know from people in the know!!!
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Tue May 01, 2012 3:18 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 11):
State Troopers don't care. The city cops are much more prone to be jerks and are just out to make money for their municipality.

Clearly you haven't experienced New York state law enforcement. It's quite the contrary.  
 
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Tue May 01, 2012 4:15 am

Quoting SSTeve (Reply 34):

Legally, they need some sort of excuse, though. Driving on the line, following too closely, light out, whatever.

There's an episode of COPS where the PC literally came down to not signaling 200ft before a turn. Trust me, if they want to stop you, they will stop you.

Quoting LONGisland89 (Reply 37):
Clearly you haven't experienced New York state law enforcement. It's quite the contrary.

Ahhh NY Troopers. Lovely people.

Yes, that was sarcasm.

Quoting SSTeve (Reply 34):

I got pulled over by a sheriff on an interstate... I think they can cite you?

Yep. They don't even have to be in their jurisdiction in most states (although they would generally have to call the controlling agency to issue the citation if it's a local law being broken). In Arizona at least, officers have statewide jurisdiction and can exercise their police powers anywhere in the state.
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Wed May 02, 2012 12:20 am

Quoting LONGisland89 (Reply 37):
Clearly you haven't experienced New York state law enforcement. It's quite the contrary.

Don't even get me started. I-81 from the Pennsylvania border to Syracuse can be a nightmare, especially if you're on the tail-end of a 17 hour drive from Florida and didn't stop for sleep. More than once, I've counted no fewer than eight troopers in the [pretty well-hidden] medians. What fun, let me tell you.
 
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RE: The Driving Behaviour Of People Around Police Cars

Thu May 03, 2012 10:01 pm

Saw this first hand yesterday. Three lane road (each direction). I had just been hanging out with a friend in a parking lot (her in a Police Impala, me in just a normal white Impala). After we turned onto the road, the two cars in front of me are going like 25 mph in a 40 zone.... So what do I do, get in the left most lane, go around them and back over to the right   Then I passed my friend  
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