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Old 05-07-2012, 09:58 PM   #21
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I've heard that one of the most valuable returns on investments is a donation to the Police Officer's Guild and/or the local DARE program (with accompanying bumper-sticker application). Marine Corps stickers also work well. Personally, I go with the Grateful Dead sticker and drive EXTRA SAFE.
And I've heard from my cop buddies that those (POG and DARE) stickers have absolutely zero effect. I personally learned decades ago to never drive a car with a Dead sticker home from a Dead show. Driving slow is already a cop signal that you might be high, and the Steal Your Face sticker seals the deal.

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Old 05-07-2012, 10:00 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by easysurfer View Post
Note: I'm a non-drinker, and he probably noticed that right away when he greeted me.
I've heard the police presentation on that one. If you've been drinking it's easy to smell, even with breath fresheners & deodorizers.

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Interesting. Sure didn't work for me back in the Vietnam/Cold War era - maybe one more sign of how much things have improved when it comes to respect for the military.
Works good at TSA security screenings, too. I get real tired of showing a Hawaii driver's license on the Mainland, especially when I'm under duress on my best behavior.

Did you see the USAA study about veterans recently returning from deployment having a 13% higher risk of getting in an accident?

USAA member Brad Hammond knows about these challenges from personal experience. He was stationed in the hotly contested cities of Mosul, Fallujah and Tal Afar where his armored Stryker Brigade came under routine attack. Roadside bombs and vehicle-borne explosives were routine threats. He drove accordingly.
"My driving style and the way we were taught was to be purely 100% aggressive," explains the former Army specialist. Since being inside a vehicle was so dangerous, they tried to "get from point A to point B as quickly as possible with the least amount of our casualties as possible. It was get going, be there yesterday."
Hammond said he disregarded traffic signals, ignored speed limits and didn't stop when he caused accidents, which happened once when he rammed a dump truck out of his way with a 19-ton Stryker Combat Vehicle, causing the dump truck, suspected of being an insurgent blockade runner, to crash onto its side.
He carried that driving style when he returned to Denver, Colo., where he continued to drive aggressively and ignore speed limits. Hammond says he's racked up numerous speeding tickets and scares his wife, Dani, "all the time" with his driving.


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Old 05-07-2012, 10:31 PM   #23
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I got pulled over one night about 11 pm a few years back. I pulled to the side, rolled down my window, etc. Sheriff deputy walked up and asked if I knew why I was being pulled over. I didn't. He explained I had crossed over the shoulder line a couple of times and asked If I'd been drinking.

I held up the breakfast burrito I had just gotten from Jack in the Box and was eating while I drove and stated, "Breakfast Burrito." He shook his head, wished me good night, walked back to his car and drove away.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:40 AM   #24
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I wonder if "no lights" is a classic warning sign of drunk driving.
It is, along with driving slowly.

I suppose that's becoming less of an indicator since both of our vehicles have a photocell on top of the dash that senses the level of light outside and automatically turns on the headlights. No brain required.
I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
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Last year I sat 2 weeks in Grand Jury duty ... indicted ~350 cases. About a 1/3 of them were drug/warrant violations found AFTER stopping the vehicle for a very minor offence (no turn signal, no lights, no seat belt ...).

It's a reason to run the tags and liscense.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:29 AM   #26
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I got pulled over yesterday as part of the "click it or ticket campaign". I didn't click it so I got a ticket. I always wear my seat belt in my truck because it beeps until I put it on. My car does not remind me, so I sometimes forget to wear it when I'm in the car. For some weird reason, I'm thankful that I got pulled over.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:45 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by tryan View Post
Last year I sat 2 weeks in Grand Jury duty ... indicted ~350 cases. About a 1/3 of them were drug/warrant violations found AFTER stopping the vehicle for a very minor offence (no turn signal, no lights, no seat belt ...).

It's a reason to run the tags and liscense.
Right. In the local paper they run a weekly summary of the police blotter, and all the drug and DUI arrests from autos include a moving violation. Improper lane change is very common after midnight.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:18 AM   #28
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I have the dancing turtle decal (also the name of su casa) on the back window.

And have to show my concealed weapons permit on traffic stops.
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When you hand over your DL along with your CHL (thats a requirement), they usually will let you go if the offense was fairly trivial.

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