The police are on the lookout for a reason to pull you over. Just about any type of suspicious on-road behavior will prompt a stop. Let's take a look at some of the most common ways to get pulled over by the cops.
All it takes is a busted taillight for a cop to pull you over. Police officers know all the nuances of code violations. If your vehicle's windows are overly tinted, if your headlights have burnt out or if your tags are expired, you will eventually be pulled over.
Speeding is the top reason for a pull-over. Though most police officers will let slight speeding slide, the law states that even a single mile per hour over the limit justifies a pull-over. If you have been pulled over for speeding and do not believe you were actually traveling in excess of the posted speed limit, don't try to argue your way out of the ticket with the officer. Be civil. Do not raise your voice. Treat the officer with respect. Reach out to an experienced defense lawyer for advice on how to fight the ticket. There are all sorts of ways to have the ticket reduced or nullified. Your attorney knows all of these legal strategies and will zealously advocate on your behalf to prevent an insurance rate hike, points being added to your license and/or a license suspension.
Cell Phone Use
Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving will catch the attention of police officers. Do not attempt to make a quick call or text when operating a vehicle. Keep your entire focus on the road. Never lose sight of the fact that your vehicle has the potential to take the life of another person.
An array of driving activities qualify as hazardous in nature. Do not roll through a stop sign, perform an illegal U-turn, fail to yield or cut other drivers off when changing lanes. If you feel as though you have been ticketed for hazardous driving, consult with your attorney for advice as to how you can successfully challenge the ticket. Never admit guilt after being pulled over.
If you follow another vehicle too closely or make an improper lane change in the vicinity of a cop, you will probably be pulled over. Though you did not cause an accident, your reckless driving could have easily wreaked havoc on the road. Be sure to leave at least two car lengths between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. Always signal before changing lanes and check your blind spot.
Remember, a stop can lead to harsh consequences, including traffic tickets and even something more severe, such as a drunk driving charge. Before you make any important decisions, talk to a knowledgeable defense lawyer who can help you understand your rights and options.