Friday, August 17, 2012

What You Should NEVER Say To A Police Officer

What You Should NEVER Say To A Police Officer
Bay City, MICH. – It can be difficult to keep your temper under control when you’re pulled over by a cop and are running late for your flight or important business meeting, but it’s important that you don’t lose your head.  Police officers are humans too and like you they have a job to do, so we found out what you should NEVER say to a police officer.

#5. Any kind of argument whatsoever: It’s true that you may be pulled over at some point for something that you don’t feel was fair, but it is always best to keep calm and not antagonize the police officer.  Arguing will get you nowhere…unless you want to be stuck with an even bigger ticket…then you’ll definitely be getting somewhere, probably not where you wanted to be though.

#4. “I was in a hurry.”: The bottom line is that the police officer doesn’t really care whether or not you’re in a hurry.  The law is the law and being in a hurry isn't an excuse.  It’s better just to keep calm and follow the officer's instructions.

#3. “I pay your salary.”: Telling a police officer that you pay their salary is probably one of the worst ways to get out of a ticket anyone has ever thought of.  It’s true that they are public officials whose salaries depend on tax dollars but this doesn’t give you the right to act as though you somehow own them.  The officer will end up insulted which probably won't help your case.

Police Officer Writing A Ticket#2. “The car in front of me was going just as fast, why didn’t you pull them over?”: The answer to your whiny-sounding question will not be “oh you’re right it’s not fair that they got away with breaking the law and you didn’t, I won’t give you a ticket now”.  Police officers aren’t capable of catching every person who speeds (especially if there are several cars speeding at once).  Resist the urge to complain and you’ll keep more money in your pocket. 

#1. “I don’t know, how fast was I going?”: Playing dumb will only make your situation worse.  Telling a cop that you don’t know how fast you were going, says that you are not an attentive driver and that you therefore need an even more severe reminder about paying attention and following the law while driving.  They already know how fast you were going, lying won’t get you out of a ticket.

Remember that a little kindness goes a long way.  Your best option is to treat the officer politely and professionally.  Another thing to keep in mind is that just because you may have had one bad experience with a cop, it doesn’t mean that they are all bad.  So next time you get pulled over, think of these tips on what you should NEVER say to a police officer!

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