Re: Police Stop (Capt. Home Slice)
I've come to the conclusion that all of the advice you hear about how to act makes no difference at all. Your liklihood of getting a ticket probably depends more upon whether the cop in question had a good breakfast that day, or if he is getting along with his wife.
Seriously, I've had every extreme. There have been times where I was as nice as could be, to the point that the cop and I were having a friendly chat about bikes, and where I like to ride, etc., as if we were just two riders who met up in a cafe. And yet, here he comes back with a full-on ticket - for like, 10 over the speed limit on a two-lane highway!
On the other hand, I was pulled over in California coming back from a race. I was driving my crew cab dually, pulling a tiny trailer. But California has - among other things - one of the stupidest laws I've ever seen. If you're pulling a trailer, ANY kind of trailer, you can't go faster than 55mph on the Interstate. Buses? Motorhomes? Ryder trucks with first-time drivers behind the wheel? No problem! You can go 75 in the fast lane all day long! But if you've got a trailer behind you, YOU have to stay in the right lane like a sitting duck...
So I was going about 65
with the trailer - still getting blown by on both sides by the other traffic, mind you - and I get pulled over. I was fuming! By the time I found an exit and pulled over, I was ready to go off on the CHP officer. I didn't care!
So I started in on him the moment he got to my window, but he started to interrupt me, telling me if I would just calm down a minute he would explain to me what the deal was. Turns out he pulls a camper trailer himself, and he thinks the law is as stupid as I do, but they were on a "special enforcement" mission that week, so he had to pull me over.
Anyway, he sent me on my way with a warning. Even though I was being a complete shit to him.
So in conclusion, there's just no rhyme or reason with these cops. You pulls over and you takes your chance, I say.