Ex-NYPD Cop Reveals How Not to Get a Ticket


ex-nypd-cop-jerry-kaneBy Glenn Ruppel

Every driver hates getting a ticket. So when you are pulled over, how do you minimize the damage to your wallet?

First, realize the risk of serious danger to the officer is quite real.

“Cops get killed on car stops,” said Jerry Kane, 53, a retired New York Police Department officer.Kane said if you’re pulled over, you should realize the officer will be on high alert.

“The most dangerous thing to the cop when he comes up to the car are the hands of someone, because they could hold a weapon,” he said.

Drivers and passengers have been known to come out shooting, a fact cops are well aware of as they walk up to your vehicle.

“If he can see everybody’s hands, immediately his blood pressure goes down, his pulse gets a bit slower,” Kane said. “If it’s nighttime, turn on the interior lights in your car. If it’s night or day, lower all the windows on your car. … And put your hands up on the steering wheel – high, where the cop can see them.”

This may make the officer more understanding and lenient, Kane said.

“If you were gonna get some discretion, you now set up that possibility.”

The officer may then ask if you know what you did wrong. Kane said to be apologetic, but don’t feel you have to admit anything.

“You can play dumb. You can say, ‘What did I do?’ And if he tells you what you did, you could say, ‘I must have…you know, I just didn’t realize it,'” Kane said.

Does it work to cry?

“Only for women,” Kane said, laughing.

Finally, do as Kane does: keep your speed less than 10 miles per hour over the limit.

“If you were my brother or my cousin and asked me, that’s what I would tell you.”

Source: Good Morning America

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  1. I once got out of the as a display of respect toward the officer and the law that he is there to enforce. But that was a grave error in judgment on my part. He pulled out his gun and ordered me to stand facing my car.( I don’t recall if he ordered my hands raised.)
    I began to explain why I had gotten out and asked him why he treated me as he had. He explained exactly as Officer Jane did in this interview. We offered apologies to one another and then he told me that my front plate was hanging sideways and it’s an offence that is ticket-worthy. I agreed to get it fixed that day and he let me go w/o issuing a summons. But it was a frightening experience.

  2. how about just following the traffic laws. stop for stop signs, slow down for yellow lights and stop for red lights. drive the speed limit and drive on the proper side of the road. don’t double park. stop for school buses that have flashing red lights.

    need I go on…

  3. To anyone saying, best way not to get a ticket, obey the laws, sometimes people are pulled over for situations they’re unaware of such as the first commenter.
    Good reminders.


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