Lessons from the state police, like what to do when they pull you over

NPR's Noah Adams rides along with the Idaho State Police and learns the answers to questions like what you should do when you are pulled over, and why the first thing the officer does is touch your car.

Comments (14)
  1. Gabe says:

    I would have thought they would touch the car to discharge static electricity build-up. Apparently it’s just to leave evidence.

  2. James Schend says:

    They’re prone to hallucinations, and they want to make sure your vehicle is real before they go through the effort of running the license.

    Or I could read the link, I guess…

  3. njkayaker says:

    Not a lot of there there. For all the work involved in listening to it, there is very little information.

    "what you should do when you are pulled over"

    Keep your hands on the steering wheel.

    "why the first thing the officer does is touch your car"

    To leave evidence in case things "go bad".

  4. Weirdo says:

    So, every time I kill the cop who pulled me over I need to wash my car right away.  Good to know.

  5. Michael says:

    @Weirdo: your IP address has been recorded, and the authorities have been alerted. When the feds pull over your very clean car, make sure to keep your hands on the steering wheel.

  6. Andrew Meyer says:

    Unfortunately when I was pulled over and tried to leave my handprint on the police car (just in case…), I was tasered.

    Apparently, what’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander in this case.  Or maybe he was upset that I had taken my hands off the steering wheel (and gotten out of the car).

  7. I was going to listen to it, but it had an Oracle advertisement, made me throw up a little bit

  8. KristofU says:

    When I was 18 I and in the US – Dallas/Ft.Worth – for a month, I did a ride-along with the DPD. One of the most memorable and fun experiences of my life. Did a high speed chase, took a couple of people to jail, helped some old folks, …

    If you ever have the chance to do this, don’t hesitate.

  9. Mad Bob says:

    Oracle ad! Ha ha, like I’m going to use a DBMS that can’t tell the difference between an empty string and NULL.

  10. Shaun says:

    Here in the UK, I’ve always been advised to step out of the car to greet the police, as it’s more "friendly" than staying in the car to make them come over.

  11. Mike says:

    @Shaun: ditto… although i think it’s because over there they have guns everywhere which makes it much more dangerous

    over there the priority is to keep an eye on your hands so they have some warning if you pull out a gun and shoot them, whereas over here the priority is to get you out of the car so you don’t drive off

  12. Igor Levicki says:

    What if your steering wheel is actually a detachable concealed weapon? Is it ok to keep hands on it?

  13. DysgraphicProgrammer says:

    @Igor Levicki: I think that if your steering wheel is detachable concealed weapon, you usually have a license to kill, a secret agent badge, and missiles mounted under the head lights. In that case just report the incident to M and apologize  to Q for blowing up hes latest car.

  14. Hedgeek says:

    I always thought they touched your care to determine if it was hot…

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