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Old 03-03-2013, 04:45 PM   #121
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Over ten years federal at-sea law enforcement boardings and I can *guarantee* you that attitude means the difference between a forty-minute "courteous inspection" and a three-hour "this is going to take a while" detailed sweep.

Now I am a retired graybeard nobody and I make a practise out of addressing LEOs by title in order to show I know both the rank and respect their office deserves: "Afternoon, Deputy" ... "Thank you, Trooper" ... "I'm sorry, I did not realize my plates had expired, Officer" Forty years of driving, more stops than I can count, ONE citation after radar caught my inattention of 57 in a 35 (reduced to under 10 miles over on the ticket, which kept it out of the "Wreckless Driving and Many Points and Huge Insurance Premium Zone")

Cops have a MILLION more crimes they want to pursue, and routine traffic stops are the LAST thing they want to take their day off to prosecute in court. They'll take the time to deliver a lesson to a bonehead behind the wheel, but the paperwork to make a case out of it is bone-crushing and they just wish you would accept the education and move along. YMMV

As someone said above - argue in court, not on the road!

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Old 03-03-2013, 05:00 PM   #122
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Over ten years federal at-sea law enforcement boardings and I can *guarantee* you that attitude means the difference between a forty-minute "courteous inspection" and a three-hour "this is going to take a while" detailed sweep.

Now I am a retired graybeard nobody and I make a practise out of addressing LEOs by title in order to show I know both the rank and respect their office deserves: "Afternoon, Deputy" ... "Thank you, Trooper" ... "I'm sorry, I did not realize my plates had expired, Officer" Forty years of driving, more stops than I can count, ONE citation after radar caught my inattention of 57 in a 35 (reduced to under 10 miles over on the ticket, which kept it out of the "Wreckless Driving and Many Points and Huge Insurance Premium Zone")

Cops have a MILLION more crimes they want to pursue, and routine traffic stops are the LAST thing they want to take their day off to prosecute in court. They'll take the time to deliver a lesson to a bonehead behind the wheel, but the paperwork to make a case out of it is bone-crushing and they just wish you would accept the education and move along. YMMV

As someone said above - argue in court, not on the road!
X2 on all that right there, that was some of the most astute advice given in this thread. For those mature enough to use and accept it, it works. For those too immature to see and understand the wisdom in it, well I guess there are tickets in your future.

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Old 03-03-2013, 05:16 PM   #123
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X2 on all that right there, that was some of the most astute advice given in this thread. For those mature enough to use and accept it, it works. For those too immature to see and understand the wisdom in it, well I guess there are tickets in your future.
Attitude is everything. It's why I've only had one speeding ticket in my life and that was over 25 years ago. I'm respectful and I own up to my mistake.

"Do you know why I stopped you?"
"I'm guessing because I was driving too fast"
"Do you know how fast you were going?"
"No sir, but it was faster than I should have been going"

It makes a difference. These days I don't speed, either. Especially with the lousy mileage my Jeep gets.
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These days I don't speed, either. Especially with the lousy mileage my Jeep gets.
Ha me too, my TJ keeps me from getting speeding tickets. I only have to worry about my tire coverage but carry insta-mount rear mud flaps I fabricated in case I ever get stopped.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:13 PM   #125
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Ha me too, my TJ keeps me from getting speeding tickets. I only have to worry about my tire coverage but carry insta-mount rear mud flaps I fabricated in case I ever get stopped.
Any pics of the insta mount flaps?

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