While you may or may not have the legal right to do so, flipping off a police officer is not going to help your situation in any way.
You can get a ticket for going 1 mph over the speed limit.
You can get a ticket for drifting in your lane without over crossing into the other lane in any way.
While the US Supreme Court may over turn your guilty verdict for flipping off a cop, that costs allot of money to take it that far. Not to mention
your time that you invest.
Is it really worth it?
If your polite and cooperative, that helps. Your lights aren't burnt out and your plates are attached correctly, that helps. You have a valid
drivers license, don't have warrants, your tags are in order,and you have proof of insurance, that helps.
At this point, you can politely ASK for a warning citation. If you have a problem with a police officer, you have a better chance of winning in court
then you do on the side of the road.
Common sense and a level head can go a long way sometimes.
If a cop is acting like a moron and you are acting like a morn, it greatly increases the chances of the end result not being good.
Have I tried this tactic?
Has it got me out of a ticket?
Yes, about 50% of them. Including speeding tickets.
Do we have any police officers watching this thread that can provide some input?
I have a friend who is a police officer. He received a call about a bank robbery. Suspect demonstrated a gun and somebody got a description of the
My friend spots the car and lights it up.
The bank robber pulls over. Okay, he is going to prison for bank robbery. But he gets to live, right?
The bank robber jumped out of his car with gun in hand. The bank robber was shot, slumping back into his car to die. My friend's, the police
officer, dash-cam show exactly that however, that is not available on the internet.
SLPD kill bank robber
2 videos back to back about same bank robber
While this is an extreme example, it does demonstrate that if you fight the police, nothing good will come of it.
(The facts vary slightly from article to article but they get fairly close to the truth. Here is another link to the same bank robber if your
interested. I was also stuck in the traffic jam.)
Same story, different website
[edit on 9/18/2009 by Genfinity]