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Wed Jul 22, 2015, 11:53 AM Jul 2015

Have you pulled over because you saw a cop behind you (before he turned on the lights)? [View all]

That is one part of Sandra Bland's story that even as a white guy, I identify with.

After getting a ticket or two when I couldn't afford them, if I saw a cop car right behind me, I would pull over and let him pass.

I think it was because one time when I was driving cross country, I noticed a cop behind me when I entered a small town, so I was careful to follow the speed limit, come to full stops at stops signs, and all of that from one end of town to the other. Just as I was about to hit the open road again, he hit the lights.

When he came up to my window, he asked if I had been drinking because I was driving so slow and weaving. The weaving was because I was constantly checking my rear view mirror to see if he was still back there. He let me off with a warning.

Once when a cop was behind me on a two lane street, I literally pulled over to the side and stopped to let him pass, and he came back to ask why I did that and said it made me look guilty of something.

Most of the time, I try to be more subtle now.

Needless to say, I was never arrested, jailed, or killed for doing this.

I'm wondering how many other people have or do this, and what the results were.

22 votes, 1 pass | Time left: Unlimited
No, I don't notice if the cops are behind me until they hits the lights
5 (23%)
Yes, I do this and the cops never notice.
9 (41%)
Yes, I do this and the cops have pulled me over and asked me about it, but I didn't get a ticket or anything
0 (0%)
Yes, I've done this and cops have ticketed me for it.
0 (0%)
Yes, I've done this and cops figured out a reason to arrest me for it.
0 (0%)
I notice the cops, but figure nothing will stop them from targeting me
3 (14%)
5 (23%)
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No Facility Inspector Jul 2015 #1
Other... When I see a cop behind me (I'm white, btw), I do nothing except mind the traffic laws and ChisolmTrailDem Jul 2015 #2
Me too! kentuck Jul 2015 #21
Damn, I thought I was brave, lol! I really do hate that shit though because I'm a lead foot and ChisolmTrailDem Jul 2015 #22
Wow that's bold! I've passed a cop maybe once or twice but ecstatic Jul 2015 #31
I have been pulled over a couple of times in Georgia... kentuck Jul 2015 #39
sort of Man from Pickens Jul 2015 #3
This for me too. whatthehey Jul 2015 #5
good way to do it. yurbud Jul 2015 #12
Same here. Luckily I've never needed "evasive action" on the highway, just around town. Gidney N Cloyd Jul 2015 #14
Yep! n/t etherealtruth Jul 2015 #37
I was heading home from Baltimore, after hanging out with a friend. Xyzse Jul 2015 #4
I've had variations of that too yurbud Jul 2015 #15
I was so glad not to be pulled over. Xyzse Jul 2015 #24
are you black? yurbud Jul 2015 #26
Nah, I'm asian but look hispanic. Xyzse Jul 2015 #32
that could do it. yurbud Jul 2015 #38
If more than one lane, I change lanes to let the cop pass. bunnies Jul 2015 #6
I do it if I can be inconspicuous. johnp3907 Jul 2015 #7
I do Capt. Obvious Jul 2015 #8
I got pulled over once for dodging potholes... kentuck Jul 2015 #9
I also got pulled over for driving too slow because the officer thought DawgHouse Jul 2015 #10
This happened to a friend Prism Jul 2015 #13
I think that's part of the lesson here. If you're white, you MIGHT get stopped for doing it... yurbud Jul 2015 #17
I don't fear police Prism Jul 2015 #19
Depends if the cop is tailgating Prism Jul 2015 #11
"bumperistically intimate" ... lol. I like the way you use words :) nt ChisolmTrailDem Jul 2015 #25
I pull to the side ALL the time, ANY time someone is tailgating me. closeupready Jul 2015 #16
I have tried to find a shopping center, etc to pull into. Tipperary Jul 2015 #18
No, but I slow down a bit, sadoldgirl Jul 2015 #20
No. Iggo Jul 2015 #23
It looked like Sandra Bland pulled into the right lane so the cop could pass her riderinthestorm Jul 2015 #27
No. No lights, no change in my driving. MineralMan Jul 2015 #28
No but I will turn off on a side street or into a business if one is behind me 951-Riverside Jul 2015 #29
I am surprised you can do that and get away with it. I am surprised you, as a BLACK driver randys1 Jul 2015 #52
After too many shakedown experiences with the LAPD, I don't trust them when I'm in traffic with them villager Jul 2015 #30
No, but I make sure I am compliant with all posted signs and lights jberryhill Jul 2015 #33
When I can do so inconspicuosly, I do. Marr Jul 2015 #34
No LittleBlue Jul 2015 #35
Just follow Dr. Thompson's advice: "Few people understand the psychology of dealing with a HW Cop" FSogol Jul 2015 #36
I just drive like I usually do.. BlueJazz Jul 2015 #40
Had one tell me, Downwinder Jul 2015 #41
In college, driving to finals from my parents home,,, benld74 Jul 2015 #42
If you drove for ten miles Snobblevitch Jul 2015 #48
No Quayblue Jul 2015 #43
I have been profiled since 1964 olddots Jul 2015 #44
are you black? yurbud Jul 2015 #46
Only have had two tickets udbcrzy2 Jul 2015 #45
I don't because the cops view that as suspicious. panader0 Jul 2015 #47
I usually wait until I see the lights. Blue_In_AK Jul 2015 #49
Yes, of course. It's part of defensive driving. Yo_Mama Jul 2015 #50
Yes, I've pulled over just in case the cop was in a hurry to get somewhere important. Stellar Jul 2015 #51
Don't notice cops are staying behind me. Igel Jul 2015 #53
Shore 'nuf madokie Jul 2015 #54
I always check my speed limit, and become hyper vigilant, because I don't want a ticket. Agnosticsherbet Jul 2015 #55
as a white guy, that's the hit I'm worried about too. Tellingly, I never got ANY tickets until yurbud Jul 2015 #59
I have an old Datsun B210, I take to the beach. Agnosticsherbet Jul 2015 #61
I once pulled over when I was doing 40 in a 30 and saw the cop do a UTurn behind me. Thor_MN Jul 2015 #56
No. Polly Hennessey Jul 2015 #57
Got pulled once for the"slow weave", never (randomly) since then sir pball Jul 2015 #58
Easier to drive 5 over the limit behind them One_Life_To_Give Jul 2015 #60
Not at all, I move into the other lane if they have someone pulled over Rex Jul 2015 #62
Yes I have beforeiknewbetter Jul 2015 #63
No, I knew it was a cop behind me, but since I was doing nothing wrong & doing the posted speed B Calm Jul 2015 #64
Other. I do notice if the cops are behind me... rollin74 Jul 2015 #65
Yes, then they usually swerve around me and go speeding on their way, without lights on... Humanist_Activist Jul 2015 #66
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