Cops, tickets, and how they are both stupid.

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    Mar 02, 2008 5:30 PM GMT
    Hm... Don't think this topic has been discussed yet, and if it has, then sorry guys, but I would still like everyones input.
    It seems like I am a ticket MAGNET.
    With that said, what did I ever do?? Seriously, not to boast or anything, but not only am I one of the safest drivers I know, Im also one of the best people i know. (I don't drink, I don't do drugs, I keep a high GPA in college, I do a varsity sport in which i excell in... etc.) Yet when i hit the road, it seems like cops are out to get me for the stupidest things.
    Out of the 6 times I've gotten stopped, I've gotten 6 tickets. And when I talk to some of my friends that and some people that are asses, they always get out of tickets.
    The reasons i have gotten stopped range from "failure to defrost windows" (even though i clearly had more than 75% of the window cleared) to "faulty equipment" (i had a crack in the side of my mirror).I have tried to fight more than half of these tickets (cause i was told, "hey, go and fight it, the cop never shows up anyways") GUESS WHAT!? The cop showed up everytime and won based on his/her good speaking/dishonesty.
    It seems to me that cops now-a-days are wasting their time stopping people like me for stupid ass reasons like these rather than stopping the people going 20+ MPH over that i see, the swirving/cutting in and out of traffic on main roads, and the people runnning red lights and stop signs...

    Well, to cheer me up a little, tell me about your guess' experiences with cops and how you guys got out of tickets so i can see how it's done.
  • GQjock

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    Mar 02, 2008 8:25 PM GMT
    Failure to defrost windows?

    I never heard of that one!
    You sure there ain't an ex-bf somewhere on the force over there or something?
    That sounds harsh
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    Mar 02, 2008 9:48 PM GMT
    Damn, that is harsh.

    I haven't had any tickets - knock on wood - but there was this girl in primary school who kept dobbing on me. Turns out that it was because she fancied me.

    I reckon the police are just sweet on you. Try kissing the next one.
  • NYCguy74

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    Mar 02, 2008 10:02 PM GMT
    GQjock saidFailure to defrost windows?


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    Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


    He's referring to actual frost/ice. not just the windows fogging up because it's a nice muggy day. I used to live in FL, I know how it is down there.


    after a big storm I've seen people clear out like a 1 foot square on the windshield and drive away. meanwhile every other window on their car is completely blocked with snow/ice.
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    Mar 02, 2008 10:25 PM GMT
    Maybe it's their only way of getting close you. Don't rule out the chance that some of the police who pull you over may be curious, bi or gay. From my experience, it's the only way some "officers" have to get close to, even in a sick kind of weird way, to guys they find of interest. It helps that I've got a thing for uniforms, and the brave men in them. I don't being pulled over, especially if the cop is cute. It sounds bad, but it beats being angry afterwards.

    If that isn't the case, than you've got some homophobic cops in your neighborhood. Do you have a pride sticker of any kind on your car, that would make anyone aware of your sexuality? It could be the common denominator in your dilemna. Not saying to get rid of it, but just looking for a possible source for your cop MAGNETism.
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    Mar 02, 2008 10:38 PM GMT
    What do you drive? When I drove sports cars, I constantly got tickets -- particularly in a red one. When I stopped driving sports cars, the tickets stopped.

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    Mar 02, 2008 10:51 PM GMT
    One night when driving home down GW Parkway which wasnt used much at night, I was pulled over my a cop. I was so naive...and stupid...and stupid...did I mention that I was stupid?

    The cop walks up to my window and stands with his crotch right in the window while he talked to me. El Idioto Grande here was so concerned about getting a ticket that he didnt get some cop dick. I got a warning.

  • UVaRob9

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    Mar 02, 2008 11:06 PM GMT
    Caslon saidOne night when driving home down GW Parkway which wasnt used much at night, I was pulled over my a cop. I was so naive...and stupid...and stupid...did I mention that I was stupid?

    The cop walks up to my window and stands with his crotch right in the window while he talked to me. El Idioto Grande here was so concerned about get a ticket that he didnt get some cop dick. I got a warning.



    Off topic, but have you noticed the state troopers around here are freaking gorgeous? Something about the hat...
  • vacyclist

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    Mar 02, 2008 11:31 PM GMT
    Unless you're flagrantly violating the law, if you're getting a lot of tickets I think it has to do with the "magnet factor"--profiling having to do with what you're driving, what you look like (yes, race is definitely part of it), and where you happen to be at a particular time of day or night. It's also possible that you have certain "attitudinal components" of your driving style that attract attention.

    I have a completely clean driving record, no tickets in many years, but I don't drive like my grandmother. I'm just an average white guy driving an (older & not flashy) pickup truck (even though it's a red F350 crew cab recently painted) or an innocuous Audi A4 or a beat-up looking motorcycle. I'm usually home and in bed by 10PM, and I tend to drive responsibly & within a few percentages of legality when I'm on the road.

    I have a CDL (commercial drivers license) even though I'm not currently driving big trucks as part of my work, I think that history might have given me a some innate sense of what not to do to attract attention...
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    Mar 03, 2008 1:11 AM GMT
    I think there is still a lot of subjectivity and discretion on all of this. After all, cops are humans and so they might be having a bad day and decide to just pull someone over because of a very trivial infraction. Furthermore if the car looks sporty or expensive, the cop may pull it over just because of something like a defective tail-light in hopes of using that as a gateway infraction to something more serious.

    Sometimes a cop would have already made up his mind before stepping out of his car to ticket you. Other times he'll be on the fence with it and what you do/say will tip it either way. One of my friends from high school told me that his mom beat a speeding ticket by putting on her christian cross necklace and then acting distraught (using some water to wet her eyes). Of course that wouldn't work for you, but maybe if you act naive and scared the cop might take pity icon_neutral.gif .
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    Mar 03, 2008 1:34 AM GMT
    Last fall the local small town cops were doing road block checks for compliance of state inspection stickers, so I got stopped, everything was OK. They did mention that I didn't have a front bumper tag on. I said, NO I don't because there's no place made for one, the cop went around front and looked and said, guess there isn't is there !!! and waved me on. Well about 3 weeks later, the state police were doing the same thing, so I was stopped again. This time the cop asked where is your front tag, I said, its behind my seat because there is no place made for one on this truck. He said, its the state law that you have to have one on the front bumper, I told him about the previous cop not telling me this, and he wrote me a ticket anyway. So when I went to court, I told the Judge about the two cops stopping me, one just waving me on and not telling me it was state law, then the 2nd one giving me a ticket. I showed him a pic that I had complied, and he stamped my papers, and said, "complied with law !!! dismissed!! otherwise it would have cost me $130.00 for that bullshit !!!
  • Dallasme

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    Mar 03, 2008 1:38 AM GMT
    [/quote]Well, to cheer me up a little, tell me about your guess' experiences with cops and how you guys got out of tickets so i can see how it's done.[/quote]

    I used to get warnings. Act like you're sorry for whatever it was, don't have an attitude unless u see them taking out their book and writing. I would take my speeding tickets to a small law firm (some type of traffic lawyer) and get probation for about 6 months so it wasn't on my record or made my insurance premium go up.

    Also I dated a cop for a couple of years. No, he didn't get me out of tickets himself, but he taught how to watch for the cops and when to slow down. I have a heavy foot.
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    Mar 03, 2008 3:55 AM GMT
    the cops are gay and they pull you over to oogle your abs. icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 03, 2008 4:24 AM GMT
    Like OW said, what do you drive?
  • ep83

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    Mar 03, 2008 4:34 AM GMT
    In many areas cops schedule all their appearances on the same day, so changing your date might help you get a no-show. In addition, at least from what you have said, it sounds like you were pulled over on a pretext (i.e. cop thought based on your age and college town location that he/she could bust you for something whether it be DUI, underage consumption, possession, etc.). Generally something like a partially obstructed windshield is something like that (things hanging from the mirror and cracks are technically illegal and could theoretically get you pulled over).

    Sadly there's not that much you can do about it. You'll get pulled over, just be polite, respectful, and massage the cop's ego a bit without being facetious. All you can do is try to work it into a warning.
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    Mar 03, 2008 1:23 PM GMT
    I drive a beat up Chevy Impala, yeah, i know it's a little sporty, but it was a hand-me-down from my mother and she never got pulled over in it.
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    Mar 03, 2008 1:26 PM GMT
    I used to get warnings. Act like you're sorry for whatever it was, don't have an attitude unless u see them taking out their book and writing.QUOTE GOES HERE


    haha i am always sorry and i am always totally 100% honest about everything that the cop asks me
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    Mar 03, 2008 1:30 PM GMT
    UVaRob9Off topic, but have you noticed the state troopers around here are freaking gorgeous? Something about the that...


    actully. every cop that i have met has been redneck and ugly and fat... hmm... says something about the job??
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    Mar 03, 2008 7:41 PM GMT
    ep83 saysIn addition, at least from what you have said, it sounds like you were pulled over on a pretext (i.e. cop thought based on your age and college town location that he/she could bust you for something whether it be DUI, underage consumption, possession, etc.).


    yeah that seems to be the most logical explination I or other people can come up with. Which begs the question... Why Choose someone like that instead of people who are a REAL danger to others? It's all about the money now huh?
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    Mar 03, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    My biggest gripe about getting pulled over is that it never ends like it does in a Falcon or Hothouse video.
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    Mar 03, 2008 10:11 PM GMT
    I always used to get pulled over when I drove an old slightly banged-up Isuzu Trooper. Guess it just stood out, and looked like a college kid beater...which it was. Funny thing was, the damn thing wouldn't have gone over 75 mph if my life depended on it.

    Now I drive a Mercury Mystique (an American version of the first-gen Ford Mondeo, for those of you across the pond)...it's an innocuous, sleek little bar of soap in dusky green, and I'm perfectly invisible to the police and highway patrol in it...even though I can drive it much much faster than the old Trooper.
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    Mar 03, 2008 10:20 PM GMT
    Interesting! The only ticket I ever received was for failure to defrost windows and it was in the Colorado mountains in August!
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    Mar 03, 2008 11:28 PM GMT
    RBY71 saidMy biggest gripe about getting pulled over is that it never ends like it does in a Falcon or Hothouse video.


    haha if only man, if only
  • Kevin82

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    Mar 04, 2008 12:10 AM GMT
    The last time I was pulled over it was October 30, 2007 for driving with headphones on. He also hit me up for not having my license on me. It was only $70 but I was pretty reluctant to pay it. It seemed ridiculous. What really sucked is that I went to the DMV today to get a new license, because I had split my other one, and those bastards suspended my license for paying the October ticket 3 days late. Now I owe about $185 for suspension and late fees. :-(
    The only chance I have is talking to the hearings officer tomorrow.

    As for bad luck and cops I was right up there with Glswimfan. It had a lot to do with my car though.

    Tiberon = many tickets
    Accord = not so many

    Good luck.
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    Mar 04, 2008 12:23 AM GMT
    I've been pulled over twice.

    The first time was for not stopping long enough at a red light before making a right turn. Stopping long enough? I stopped, looked, turned.

    The other time I was driving down to Kansas City going 95 in a 70. icon_lol.gif