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Whats the most important/less important thing to notice during a traffic stop?

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Posted almost 7 years ago

 

For safety wise what is the most important and least important during a traffic stop?

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Too much movement by the occupants always put me on edge. Never make ANY stop without calling it in. Tinted windows should be banned from the face of the earth.

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Are there assumptions regarding the general lifestyle & probable past history / record of an individual that are made based on the make, model, and modifications of a vehicle? Say you pull over a gaudily-painted El Camino with more chrome than an 18-wheeler, tinted windows, and hydraulic suspension ~ does that trigger your threat-sensors moreso than, say, a green Chevy S-10 with no tint and three male oocupants?

I used to love window-tinting; in the desert, it can be the difference between a hot ride and abject misery...but imagining having to approach a vehicle with dark tint (regardless of PC or even suspicion) just makes my blood run cold...

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I like to scan the entire car. Clearly it's important to keep your eyes on the driver and/or passengers. I work two man cars, so with two sets of eyes, you can scan the car while your partner watches the people in it. It's amazing what people leave in plain view.

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Everything is important! I agree that a lot of fiddling around by driver/passengers is a definite red flag. Also, the guy who's sweating buckets in February probably deserves a little extra attention. I pay attention to hands (where they're at) first, then scan the car for weapons (mainly) then contraband.

As for tinted windows, try this (works ok at night anyway)...don't use the spotlight (trust me) and make the driver turn on the dome light. It gives some ability to see into the car and makes the tint work against the occupants.

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Anything and everything is important to watch for. You pretty much wish you had eyes in the back of your head to watch traffic, plus you have to worry about where every occupants hands are, listen to the radio, etc, etc. Its a full time job, thats for damn sure!!!

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lawdawgtrav said:

Anything and everything is important to watch for. You pretty much wish you had eyes in the back of your head to watch traffic, plus you have to worry about where every occupants hads are, listen to the radio, etc, etc. Its a full time job, thats for damn sure!!!

Have to agree with lawdog. You have to know what is going on all around you!! But Most important would be my safety, least important would be what pen I would let the goof use to sign his ticket..

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yep proceeding to the vehicle just checking the trunk and doors make sure they r closed and stuff and i like the idea of szablotny i guess i got to try that sometime can i get feedback on how it works out