You know, I have been pulled over MANY times (beieve it or not, I very seldom run from cops anymore, unless I am going 130 mph, then I don't run, I just don't stop- there's a difference
), and I end up with tickets probably less than 20% of the time. I think I have found the trick to dealing with cops. It is simply respect. They feel, rightly so, that they deserve a certain amount of respect. If this respect is not forthcoming, they will cut you no breaks, and may even go out of their way to make your life miserable if you show them downright disrespect. Do not deny you were speeding. That is the same as calling them fools, or liars, to their faces. Do not argue with a cop. Even if they are 100% wrong (it happens) the place to argue is in front of a judge, not at the side of the road. You will NEVER win an argument with a cop at the side of the road, even if you can prove to him that he is 100% wrong. Once the arguing starts, you ARE going to get a ticket no matter what. I don't like to stereotype any group, even cops, but I must admit that some of what Omnipresence says is true. Some (I would not say 98%) cops took the job because they figure carrying a badge and a gun will earn them the respect that they otherwise would not merit. Others do it out of a genuine desire to make a difference, and to keep their neighbourhoods safe. Yet others became cops because of TV show cop heros. Whatever the reason they became cops, one thing is for sure: They are out there every day risking thier lives (for not very much money at all) to keep us, and our families, as safe as they can. So when you get pulled over (remember, if you are pulled over it ain't because you were obeying the rules of the road
), take a deep breath, smile, and treat the police with respect, they do deserve it, even if it is hard to believe at the time.