Protocol for getting pulled over

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by alvincullumyork, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    In the uk best thing to do is stop and get off the bike so they know you won't ride off. Then helmet off so if you have you your licences in your pocket you can show it (you don't have to carry it If you don't wont to)

    Only been stopped in my old van I stop go out and ask the cop if he wanted to see my paper work they my not as it all on a computer any way. They off I went.
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  2. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    I get pulled over about once a year. Amazingly I have never been ticketed. This is my last encounter- for lane splitting in stop-and-go traffic.

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    This time I didn't even have a chance to come-up with an excuse. I think the only phrase I said was that I needed to take the seat off to access my insurance and registration cards.

    I have a tip on speed trap avoidance- most of the times they are set up soon after a speed limit sign.
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  3. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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  4. scottrnelson

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    For me: pull over, side stand down, engine off, remove helmet and gloves, then wait for the officer. Showing some grey hair seems to help. Having a license plate that reads GRAMMPA apparently helps as well. Nothing but warnings ever since I got that plate - I've been stopped on three different bikes that I've had that plate on.

    But, learning how to not get pulled over in the first place seems to make the biggest difference. Go fast in the corners, not so much on the straights.

    Now, where's that old-guy smiley? :gerg
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  5. Aj Mick

    Aj Mick Been here awhile

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    Here in Phuket if i come to a police checkpoint I tend to look the other way and continue on my merry way. If they jump out in front of me I stop abruptly and whip out mu driving licence. flash it, and am sent on my way fairly quickly.

    In the west I stop and say "What's the problem, young man." They have no reason to pull me over; it is just hassling.
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  6. The Jerk

    The Jerk Bring us some fresh wine!

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    I like to shut the bike off and take my hands off the bars so the guy doesn't think I'm gonna take off as soon as he gets out of the car.

    Other than that I sit there and wait for further instructions.

    Last time I got pulled over, the cop doorjambed a cyclist riding by the patrol car as he was getting out to approach my bike. What a shitshow. :lol3
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  7. 390beretta

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    Aww man, what do you know about Ted Bundy? Are you French, or are you just makin a load of money working over there? LOL
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  8. ttpete

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    All I know about Ted Bundy is what his last job was: A Conductor.........:lol3
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  9. RoadRdr

    RoadRdr Mostly Pavement

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    My routine is pull over in a safe location that lends itself to relaxed conversation, bike engine off, helmet and gloves off. I remove my earplugs so I can hear and not misinterpret any instructions from him. Always wait until he gets to me and tell him before I search through pockets or tankbag for license, registration etc.

    I wrote an article on this topic for a motorcycle magazine a couple years ago. In doing the research I talked to several police agencies across the country and got conflicting opinions. For example, some don't want the helmet taken off as they feel it could be a potential weapon by swinging it at the officer. My feeling is by the time I could swing a Shoei Neotec he could drive to the next county for backup. Maybe its possible to swing one of those eggshell beanies but it would probably shatter on impact. I'd rather have my helmet off to get the earplugs removed to hear. Another odd response I got was some felt it better to instruct the rider to dismount off the right side of the bike. This alone could be a challenge for some newer riders.

    Grey hair, respect, and manners are all great advice.
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  10. Wraith Rider

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    It's always a bit scary to read about your cops. Here in good old Europe I get off the bike, take off my helmet and don't have to worry about where my hands are or in what pocket I will reach at the next moment.
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  11. orangebear

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    Another odd response I got was some felt it better to instruct the rider to dismount off the right side of the bike. This alone could be a challenge for some newer riders.

    Grey hair, respect, and manners are all great advice.[/QUOTE]

    If I get of my bike on the right side I then can't put my bike on it side stand or centre stand.

    I would always stop and get off and then stand beside my bike and take off my glove and helmet so they can check if I my photo is right.

    If I was on holiday in the USA I would just get off and then shout don't shoot I don't have a weapon or just lie on the ground and hope they don't shot me
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  12. corndog67

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    You start yelling, "Why you pigs hassling me, man". That always keeps things interesting.

    True story. Years ago, Monterey, CA, I'm riding with "Club Cafe of the Monterey Peninsula", really, no joke. About 7 of us, I'm in the back. We're coming down a main road, and the light changes as the lead guy is getting to it (he's on an obnoxiously loud BMW toaster tank), and of course, the rest of us blow through the light. And get pulled by Monterey PD. Well, BMW guh jumps off, and immediately starts in with the "Why you pigs always hassling us....". Checks our IDs, and big mouth toaster guy gets a ticket for noise, blowing the light, no turn signals and everything else he could find. The rest of us got let off.

    Actually, don't say that to them, it really pisses some of them off.
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  13. The Jerk

    The Jerk Bring us some fresh wine!

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    Here we've got too many assholes running around with guns who shoot cops at traffic stops, as a youtube search will show you. So, naturally, the cops tend to be a little wary when making traffic stops.
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  14. Foot dragger

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    It seems crazy I know,but after the last recent ticket Ive backed it off on the straight sections. Like going the speed limit or at least just the flow of traffic.

    The thrill for me isnt buzzing down a straightaway like a sitting duck,cops hide way off the road out of sight and its luck of the draw rather they nail you.
    Bikes stand out more then a line of cars.

    Corners are where the fun is,harder to shoot radar in corners and corners are fun,straights are boring,click on the cruise control.

    Makes for less stress and its amazing what you see if it isnt all a blur.

    I see hidden cops I wouldnt have at 80+ ,old bikes hidden in yards,deer ready to jump,wild turkeys ready to scramble into the road,cars ready to pull out of side roads.

    Its stupid I know, but that's what Ive found.

    Mainly I HATE talking to cops!
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  15. DAKEZ

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    :D
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  16. JRP

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    That one works for me everytime :evil
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  17. air-cooled

    air-cooled Been here awhile

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    all your replies how to behave, as i see it, is scary.
    show your hands, don't reach in you pocket etc.

    from the other side, being a police man and to stop someone for something, and than to be on your guards for everything that might happen is scary as well.
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  18. RTLover

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    Only what I read. He could charm the spots off a leopard but he wasn't a really nice guy.

    Not French and sure as hell not working. :clap
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  19. Rango

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    own safety first.

    IFF (identify friend foe)

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    Not?
    Do as the locals. :deal
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  20. Retro

    Retro Just the Facts Ma'am Super Moderator

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    They will search your vehicle if they arrest you.

    They can only search your vehicle with your consent prior to that or with a warrant.

    They MAY search your vehicle anyway, but as long as you do not give consent, and better yet tell them that you do not consent to a search, if they find anything you shouldn't have your lawyer will file a motion to dismiss on Fourth Amendment grounds.
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