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Driving Habits Guaranteed to Get You on a Police Officer’s Radar

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Everyone makes mistakes, and even though all mistakes are not created equally, if you engage in any of the following bad driving habits, your chances of speaking with a police officer are really high. According to a survey involving two independent traffic experts and participants from three police agencies, conducted by Edmunds.com, the following driving behaviors are guaranteed to grab the attention of law enforcement.


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The number one infraction is everyone’s go-to when they’re running late — speeding — and all of the experts interviewed by Edmunds clocked it as a significant reason drivers get pulled over.

If you’re addicted to your cell phone or think, “It’s okay to make a call or check this text,” while you’re maneuvering a dangerous four-wheeled machine, then be prepared to take time out of your day to explain yourself to a police officer.

If you drive like a maniac and disobey traffic laws, you’re going to get pulled over. “Hazardous driving. This is a catch-all category for common violations that each of our experts noted. Wiles [Sgt. Jeff Wiles of the Santa Monica Police Department] ticked off his favorites without hesitation: stop sign and stoplight violations, improper lane changes, illegal U-turns, failures to yield, and unsafe speeds,” reports Edmunds. “CHP [California Highway Patrol] officer [Edward] McElroy says he sees people who have forgotten they’re driving cars. They’re busy shaving, eating and even changing clothes.”

Two examples of hazardous driving – improper lane changes and following too closely – were specifically noted by the experts as reasons why law enforcement will stop drivers.


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According to Edmunds, burned-out headlights, expired tags, heavily tinted windows, loud exhaust modifications, and a missing license plate in the front (if your state requires one) are examples of equipment violations that will cause you to get pulled over.

News Source: Edmunds