Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: western Massachusetts
About taking off your lid...good idea. My neighbor who's a cop and other cops I know all say one thing in common when it comes to traffic stops: they don't want any surprises. I've been stopped on a bike a few times (no tickets yet, touch wood) and I've done much the same thing each time. I take off my helmet and wait for LEO to approach me. I answer his questions honestly, try to remain pleasant, and don't do what he doesn't request. If he asks for my license and registration, I say, "I need to get off the bike to get at them. Is that OK?" When I need to reach into a pocket or a pannier, I say, "I need to reach into my pants pocket to get out my wallet. Is that OK?" By taking this approach, I show LEO that I understand his concern for his own safety.
You don't control the situation in a traffic stop, but you can reduce the stress level LEO is feeling. Assuming you weren't doing something ridiculous to get pulled over, this might be just enough to get you off with a warning.
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