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What's The Most Bullshit Reason You've Gotten Pulled Over For?

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CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.

If you’re speeding and you get pulled over, that’s on you. But sometimes it isn’t always your fault. Cops are people, too, and occasionally they pull you over for reasons that, uh, aren’t always 100 percent legitimate.

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Now, it’s not lost on me that for many people in America, race plays a part in this. Overall, black drivers get pulled over more frequently than drivers of other races, according to some 2011 figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. It found:

A higher percentage of black drivers (13%) than white (10%) and Hispanic (10%) drivers were stopped by police during 2011.

Approximately 80% of drivers pulled over by police in 2011 felt they had been stopped for a legitimate reason. In 2011, about 68% of black drivers believed police had a legitimate reason for stopping them compared to 84% of white and 74% of Hispanic drivers.

A lower percentage of white drivers stopped by police in 2011 were searched (2%) than black (6%) or Hispanic (7%) drivers.

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So some of your stories, we suspect, won’t be funny, but rather sad reflections on how our system treats people differently for no good reason.

But that might not be the case for you. Maybe the cop was jealous of your car and was just looking for a reason to give you grief. Maybe you got caught jaywalking, which everyone knows is technically illegal, but, like, come on.

What was the most bullshit reason that you’ve gotten pulled over for?

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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11civicsi-old
11civicsi-old

Just as I was pulling into my driveway in the lovely college town of San Marcos Texas I had a cop turn his lights on. Seeing as how I was in my driveway, I parked my car and waited for him to come up to the window. The police officer proceeds to inform me that my license plate illumination lights were out, which I thought was odd, but told him ok as he moved along with my ID and insurance.

He comes back just a second later, “Actually your lights aren’t out! They just looked like it”. Um ok cool I guess.

The police officer proceeds to run my information like normal, and informs me I have a warrant out for my arrest because I failed to pay a ticket for expired registration. I’ll avoid the tangent that involves me having paid said ticket a year prior.

Moving on, the officer informs me I’m under arrest, yada yada yada. After spending a night in jail the night before finals for my last semester in College I proceed to prove to the court I had paid the ticket a year prior (I’m glad I have an obsession with saving paper work like that).

Long story short I got pulled over for license plate illumination lights that weren’t out, and arrested for a warrant I shouldn’t have had. All in my own driveway.