‘Would you consider giving me a warning?’iStock/adamkaz
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. Here are 45 things police officers want you to know.
Definitely don’t say: ‘Do you know who I am?!’iStock/KatarzynaBialasiewicz
Same goes for stock bursts of outrage like, “My taxes pay your salary!” and “Don’t you have anything better to do?!” Many officers agree: Not being a jerk is the minimum requirement to getting out of a ticket.
Make sure your car says, ‘I’m law-abiding’iStock/gilaxia
Most officers decide whether you’re getting a ticket or a warning before they even approach your vehicle. A good rule of thumb is to keep your car maintained in such a way that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to drive it to a job interview. Keep it clean, decluttered, and free of bumper stickers that are anti-police or pro-violence. Forgo aftermarket add-ons like spoilers, tinted windows, and neon undercarriage lights. You want to say “I’m responsible and law-abiding,” not “I hate the police, I speed all the time, and I’m trying to hide something from you.” Try these quick tips to keep your car organized.