What A Traffic Cop Notices About You

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By 98.5 KTK

Have you ever wondered why a police officer chose to pull you over? Or why they decided to give you a ticket rather than let you off with a warning? It turns out these decisions aren't arbitrary. There are things traffic cops notice that could impact your chances of getting a ticket. Distracted driving is illegal in Florida and it will get you pulled over. While we tend to think distractions as talking or texting on your phone, eating, putting on makeup, and even fidgeting with your navigation system can get you in trouble. Distracted driving kills nine people and injures 1,000 more in accidents every day in the United States. In a perfect world, the kind of car you drive wouldn't matter, but in real life, it does. People with beat-up cars are more likely to get pulled over. Why? Because those cars tend to have other issues as well, like expired tags and broken windshields. If you get pulled over, the officer will ask you for your driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance. But you should not initiate reaching for these items on your own to help ensure you aren't perceived as a threat. Keep your hands on the steering wheel until the officer assess any possible safety issues inside the car. It may be tempting to lie to an officer to try to wriggle your way out of a ticket, but this isn't a good idea. Most officers appreciate when a motorist is honest during a car stop. Being honest, with whatever is going on, may help you get off to a good start with an officer. Plus, lying to an officer is against the law and may lead to getting you into more trouble than you were to begin with.

SOURCE: Reader's Digest

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