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What not to say when pulled over by a cop

Wall Street Journal - MarketWatch -- CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- In what he calls an "educational video" that's widely circulated on YouTube, comedian Chris Rock offers advice on what to do when you get pulled over for a traffic violation.

"Obey the law" he says. "Stop immediately" and "stay in your car with your hands on the wheel." Finally, "if your woman is mad at you, leave her at home. There's nothing she'd like to see more than you getting your [you-know-what] kicked."

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It's a dead-on spoof of a hard truth: Respect authority. If you don't, you increase the odds of a pricey ticket.


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Submitted Jul 27, 2012 By: PostalRay
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 8:12:46 AM

Offering up excuses never works.
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DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 5:11:28 AM

Respect
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 2:39:08 AM

But ossiffer, I WAS only going one way.
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SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:39:13 PM

The best advice that I could give, if you are passing through Perry, Georgia (Besides getting through there as quickly without speeding) is don't offer any incriminating testimony to the enforcement officer. This stretch of I-75 in Georgia is known for it's "speed traps" and other revenue enhancing methods.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 8:13:23 PM


What do you suppose is the percentage of people they deal with, are idiots ?

Just be honest and polite.

[Edited by: BuckyTJones at 7/27/2012 9:18:37 PM EST]
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bston
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 6:59:53 PM

Try be a law-abiding citizen & then you might not have as much to worry about.
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regasaz
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 5:40:45 PM

What's wrong with just being civil? If you believe the Officer is wrong the time to press your point is not now, but in front of the judge. Just make sure you have all of your facts straight.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 5:33:39 PM

It is good to be reminded of how to behave during a traffic stop.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 2:13:37 PM

Good Article
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jeffbone
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 1:54:06 PM

"Not Newsworthy"

For better advice: http://www.motorists.org
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 11:46:04 AM

Have read it several weeks ago
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Goody2317
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 11:37:28 AM

Don't lie, either. Cops are trained to note the human characteristics of lying, including twitching and looking to the left, and they know the right questions to ask to suss out the truth. I thought when you get pulled over, you are looking to the left since that is where the cop is going to be standing when he asks for you license and registration. So basically don't look at the cop or you might be lying?

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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 10:28:52 AM

That's right! Only answer questions asked don't offer any info.......... then ask for a lawyer!
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 10:08:06 AM

Remember that same cop has the job of keeping some low-life from killing you.
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GetMaxCashBack
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 10:01:52 AM

I'd say this article is 80% inaccurate. In my experience, 66% of cops are corrupt and WILL lie. After all, it's always your word against theirs and the judge will always take theirs first. Not much you can do.

With that said, it's good to respect them just as you would anybody else with no assumptions or prejudices. If they are corrupt, you're screwed from the getgo anyways. If they aren't, respecting them as a human being will get you respect. Either way, it's good to be calm and respectful.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:57:21 AM

Lol PathTrack.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:53:41 AM

DutchTreatMI, Exactly!!
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:37:58 AM

Don't say anything unless asked a question. Usually it's "Do you know how fast you were going"? just say "Yes". If it's "How fast were you going"? tell them 5-10 miles slower than you were actually going.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:35:50 AM

Pandering is the way to go, authority is righteous!
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:34:42 AM

So a comedian is a cop psychologist. About issuing warnings, does not take into consideration the small hic town barneys that pull as many as they can over and write everyone a max fine ticket because it is their quota to help support income for the local imbred government.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:33:07 AM

You know when you were doing something wrong when they pull you over so why lie about it.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:33:03 AM

how is it related to Gas prices??
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:31:57 AM

I've never argued with a cop, have never had one be anything but respectful to me, and in my fifty years of driving I have never gotten a ticket that I didn't deserve.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:20:27 AM

What cha mean, do I know how fast I was going..you the one with the radar, don't you know?
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:18:54 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:18:24 AM

when stopped for speeding tell the officer you are in a hurry
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:18:16 AM


It didn't mention to admit your mistakes and take responsibility instead of blaming someone else. You might just get a warning instead of a citation.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:17:23 AM

Uh you want my license and such??? Can you hold my beer for me??

Why are you asking if I have been drinking?? Did I ask you if your eyes are "GLAZED"?? (as in eating glazed donuts)

....and from Cheech & Chong, "my license man---ain't it on the bumper man"??

[Edited by: Jcisco at 7/27/2012 10:19:25 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:16:31 AM

Way off topic.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:16:26 AM

RIGHT JUST BE NICE
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:16:10 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:15:50 AM

cops are nothing but bad news to me.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:15:48 AM

What not to say when pulled over by a cop..

What is that, Yes Sir, No Sir.. or don't say anything...
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:13:38 AM

I have been pulled over for speeding many, many times. Being courteous and honest is the best response, most likely resulting in a warning. The one time I argued with the trooper ended with a $150 ticket.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:13:20 AM

got it
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:12:32 AM

and that is gas related, how
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:12:03 AM

Nice weather we're having?
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:12:02 AM

Say what you want to. Anything you say can and will be used against you.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:11:51 AM

I should be pulled over for impeding the flow of traffic on local rural roads.
Just stay home.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:11:48 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:11:46 AM

If you're not doing anything stupid, you won't get stopped in the first place.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:10:34 AM

Missed the part about gas prices
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:10:20 AM

Admit it you are wrong
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:09:23 AM

not sure how this is gas related?
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:09:21 AM

Awesome comment by indyjim.............
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:08:31 AM

It is about revenue in these cash strapped times.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:08:16 AM

Good one indyjim.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:07:50 AM

Good advise.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 9:07:30 AM

ok
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no thanks officer i cant stay for the drawing!!
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