macatawa at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 23 16:38:41 EDT 2001
I once read a book on avoiding tickets, by a retired NY patrolman. He
explained that cops usually have a few choices of cars to pull over, and
will choose a car based on appearance. He gave many examples and
suggestions, like the saleslady who dressed as a nun, and avoided tickets
for years. I've been nailed at 20+ over, had the cop aggressively
decelerate inches from my bumper, pause, and pass me to get someone else.
That was in a "damn furrin' car" in Detroit. The back of my car displayed:
military plates, Wings of Mercy Pilot bracket, small military stickers in
the window, a Michigan State Police hat (real embroidered wool, only
available at their acadamy), Michigan State Police Airborne Enforcement hat,
on a clean, boxy, synchro wagon. No FOP stickers, that doesn't really help.
Anything they can associate with helps: paramedic, fireman, etc.
He described various tactics and explained the mentality of cops (regular
guys with slightly bigger egos). A little research has paid heavily for me
over the years.
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