Ask, “How’s your day going?”
According to one officer on Reddit, treating a police officer like a human is a good way to get her to treat you the same way: “A lot of the time when people make small talk and have somewhat of a conversation it humanizes the people were dealing with and makes it harder for us to give someone a ticket.” Secret sources who have dodged more than one speeding ticket in their lives also advise that you just get through the meeting with the police as quickly and politely as you possibly can. You don’t want them to remember anything about you, except that you were nice and did what you were told.
“Is It OK if I get my wallet out?”
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Roadside stops can be the most dangerous (and nerve-wracking) parts of an officer’s job. Showing them you care about their safety will take a load off their mind, and hopefully help win them to your cause. Here’s how to do that without looking suspicious: 1) Keep your hands on your steering wheel throughout the encounter. 2) If it’s dark out, turn on your dome light. 3) Don’t stare at the officer in your side or rear view mirror (“We notice this every time,” says on officer on Reddit, “it looks suspicious and some officers will be more on the defensive.”) 4) Ask permission to remove your wallet to retrieve your driver’s license and your registration. Don’t miss these 45 other things police officers want you to know.
“Would you consider giving me a warning?”
In many cases, warnings count toward a department’s ticket quota. Be polite, don’t admit guilt, and you may be able to walk away with a slap on the wrist.