It's hard to know how to talk to a cop, especially when you're late for that flight/wedding/anger management meeting. Thankfully, Jalopnik readers have ten things you can remember to never say to the cop who's pulling you over.

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10.) "Where were you hiding?"

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Why it's ill-advised: It turns out, this line makes police officers somewhat adversarial, since you just implied their job involves hiding out like ninjas, or the bad guys in a cowboys and indians movie.

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9.) "Do you know who I am?"

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Why it's ill-advised: This rule also applies to "Don't you know who my father is?" "I know so-and-so, and he's a cop."


Even if the cop pulling you over does indeed know who your relative is, or that you're going to see a retired highway patrolman, it really doesn't matter. You're getting a ticket anyway and now you sound like a prick.

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8.) "I pay your salary."

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Why it's ill-advised: While it is true that police officers are citizens like the rest of us and are public officials paid by our tax dollars, that doesn't mean they're your personal servants. In fact, attempting to pull rank on a cop will only make you look like a toolbag.

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7.) "I can't shut it off, I won't be able to get it started again."

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Why it's ill-advised: If you're driving a beat up old car that needs to keep running, even if you're on your way to get a new starter motor, you will find little sympathy from a cop. You will still have to turn your car off.

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6.) "Well, I guess I must have been speeding, how fast was I going?"

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Why it's ill-advised: Playing dumb will not get you out of a ticket. If you honestly have no idea how fast you were going, still don't ask the police officer. It's just baiting a stricter "lesson" in the form of a bigger ticket.

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5.) "I have no identification, but my name is ___."

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Why it's ill-advised: Just because you don't hand over your driver's license doesn't mean the cop will just let you go, or that they will accept a false name (as one man gives at 0:58 in the video). In addition, it is illegal to provide false information to a police officer like this.

4.) "I was just in a hurry."

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Why it's ill-advised: It turns out that the cop who pulled you over doesn't really care about your extremely important 10:15 meeting that you're fifteen minutes late for.

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3.) "I don't know, like a million?"

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Why it's ill-advised: Do not answer the question, "Do you know how fast you were going" with this answer. In fact, never respond to a police officer with sarcasm. It does not end well.

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2.) "Why'd you pull me over and not the guy ahead of me going just as fast?"

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Why it's ill-advised: Police officers can't catch every speeder. Just because the three other cars that were speeding in a pack with you didn't get pulled over, doesn't mean you get to go off free.

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1.) Any argument

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Why it's ill-advised: The best policy when dealing with a police officer is to remain calm, agree, take your ticket, and move on with your life. Any argument, calm or otherwise, to prove that you weren't breaking the law is not going to work.

At best you will waste everyone's time, at worst you'll piss off the cop and end up getting your car searched for drugs.

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