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Compiled from the friendly cops at AskReddit.
Don't bribe or flirt
I feel when women show some skin or someone tries to bribe me with money it insults my integrity, and that is a guaranteed ticket as well.
If you're speeding and see a cop, wave
"One former police officer says that the smartest thing that you can do right then is to wave at the officer. Why? He will either think that you know each other and wave back, or will think that you’re acknowledging that you were driving too fast, and are letting him know that you’re slowing down. Either way, you drastically reduce your chance of getting a ticket." (From Reader’s Digest)
Don't be an a**hole
Our minds are pretty much 99% made up before we make contact with the driver. Every once in awhile you can tell someone is having a really sh*tty day and maybe decide not to give the ticket. Just don't be an a**hole, you have no idea how often someone who wasn't going to get a ticket ends up getting one based on their attitude or arguing with me and vice-versa. Also alot of the time when people make small talk and have somewhat of a conversation it humanizes the people we're dealing with and makes it harder for us to give someone a ticket.
Try these tips
1) Keep your hands on the steering wheel throughout the entire encounter (shows care and concern for the officer's safety, and trust me, we really appreciate that)
2) Turn on your dome light (if its night time)
3) Don't stare at the officer in your side view or rear view (we notice this everytime, it looks suspicious and some officers will be more on the defensive)
4) Most importantly, take responsibility for your actions. Don’t make up a bullsh*t excuse as to why you were speeding, we have heard them all. Something like, "yeah, it's possible I was going a little over the limit, I thought is was keeping with the flow of traffic" will suffice.
Don't be a diva, even if you are (literally) one
My Dad used to be a traffic cop in London, he once became the hero of his station when he pulled over Katie Price and she gave the 'Do you know who I am?' card. He just acted like he had no idea who she was, and treated her like he would any non-celebrity, and he had already decided he was giving her a ticket when he saw who it was. They even gave him a small joke award, a little trophy labeled 'Legend of Knightsbridge'.
Politely request a warning instead of a ticket
Treat me as you wish to be treated. I’m just doing my job.
Also, ask me politely for a warning, if you aren’t doing 60 in a residential and weren't driving recklessly, a simple, "Would you consider giving me a warning?" worked many times…my dept counts warnings toward my monthly quota. As for admitting guilt, if you are getting a ticket, and say, "I wasn’t paying attention, the speed got away from me," I’m going to write that in the notes section of the ticket for when I testify. Again, that’s my job.
Things NOT to say.. Do you know who I am??? My tax dollars pay your salary!! I know the chief/the county executive/a judge, don’t you have anything better to do? Shouldn’t you be out catching real criminals? (if the general public knew how often a simple traffic stop led to the arrest of people with felony warrants, they might be a little less annoyed by traffic stops)
Be the child of a police officer and you're pretty much golden, at least within the city your parent works for.
Never admit you were speeding
Not a cop, but never admit to speeding because then they have to give you a ticket because you admitted guilt. Source I have 1 judge, 3 lawyers, and a paralegal as very close friends.
DON'T ASK FOR PROOF
This is a specific scenario, but I had a friend who was going the opposite direction as the cop was. Cops flips a bitch, pulls him over. He asked for radar proof from the officer, as you can only gauge speed without radar if you are BEHIND or NEXT TO someone. It is also impossible to GET accurate radar while moving. So he got out of that ticket instantly because I guess people usually accept the ticket, never questioning a cop. That same cop kept pulling him over for the next year, claiming he had illegally modified parts in his car over and over. The bitter cop did not stop this until he got a new car. So be warned, there may be a downside.
There's always a chance none of this will work
Just the other day, I made really good small talk with the police officer. In fact, both he and I smiled in our conversation. Then he walked back to his car and came back out with a ticket.
He told me to have a nice day. :(