i think it all depends on various things, and just being nice doesnt always get you off a ticket.
i used to get pulled over all the time when i was 16-20, i had a history of speeding tickets and i think that was why they werent really lenient.
history = repeat offender = no leniency.
i then decided to set myself the challenge of seeing how long i could go between tickets. many many many years passed and i found i never got pulled
over by them. i assume having a good driving record = good citizen, so no point hassling you.
abou 10 yr ago i was riding my motorcycle down a dimly lit main road in the city. i see a car pull level with me and some big dudes gesturing for me
to pull over.
then hazard lights come on the car, and he gestured more.
he kept level with me and eventually i turned off down a side road and stopped directly under a bright street light.
i sat on my 750cc m/bike, leaning forward, in gear, rev's raised.. like valentino rossi awaiting the green light of the aussie motoGP
i had no idea who it was hassling me to pull over.
dude says "turn it off, NOW!"
i said who the hell are you? !!!!
he replied "police" and flipped out his badge. instantly i switched off the engine and got off the bike without being asked to.
he asked why i didnt stop, "didnt you see the police sign in the window"
i said you had no lights flashing and no police sign and i just seen 2 big dudes in a car telling me to pull over on a dark road, so i stopped under
street lights and prepared for a very quick getaway if it was trouble.
i was told "your tail light globe is a bit dodgy, might pay you to replace it asap." i told him i'd drive to the next service station and replace
it since it was a 2min job.
so in summary: i didnt stop when requested to multiple times. i looked like a bike dude from the TV show COPS, waiting to do a runner. but got let off
with a warning because i was honest and i also think coz i had no tickets for many many years.
acting like you know your rights can sometimes lead them to think your hiding something.
but being too honest can leave you open to becoming part of his ticket quota.
if you dont have a history, and dont run your mouth off, you stand a good chance of a warning if its just a minor traffic stop.
[edit on 23/12/08 by Obliv_au]