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 Post subject: Just got pulled by the plod!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:23 pm 
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Ok, so picture the scene, I'm driving on a dual carriage-way, when I see a police car up ahead going in the same direction. He exits the carriageway, as do I, about 10 seconds later, he stops at the lights at the exit of the slip road, which hold him until I get there. We both pull off similarly, and approach a roundabout, only he starts to slow down much earlier than I do, and I brake a bit later but still safely stop in time for the roundabout (very safely!)

I go straight over at the roundabout and he follows me, switches on his lights and pulls me over. I'm now sh****ng myself as I've recently been caught speeding and am about to receive the 3 points for it. And I've not yet been driving for 2 years, so my limit is 6 points.

He spoke to me, and gave me a lecture, saying that I was driving recklessly and I don't need to brake that late. I then explained that I felt I was driving normal, it's my normal driving style and that I safely stopped at the roundabout.

He then starts saying about me being young (18) and driving such a car. Asked me when I got it, and so when I say only about 3 weeks ago, he starts saying about me not being used to the car yet!

I thought this was all absolutely crazy. I braked no later than I would have normally, actually a bit earlier than normal, as I was next to a blooming police car, and then he thinks that just because I'm so young he can give me a lecture about being an inexperienced driver etc etc.

In the end he just sent me on my way with nothing!!!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:05 pm 
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Should have gotten his name and screamed harrassment at the local station.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:23 am 
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dont worry dude im 19 and the pigs love to pull me over and winge about everything. ive had 2 times where cas of my age i must have stolen my car!! i dont do stuff wrong except wrong place wrong time.......they know they have nothing to stand on hence them not persueing it!

if it happens again as mentioned get details and complain, wont make impact first off but if you do it, others may well have done and soon enough they have to look into it.
admitidly this solves nothing but we all love a good winge!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:25 am 
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My dad was a copper for 30 years. You cry harrassment at the police they shat their pants. If it's justified, obviously.


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i swear they do it because they are bored. and then we have community support "failed traffic wardens" god one thing i hate more than useless people in authroity is useless people without authority who think they do :bang :bang

i wouldnt mind it so much if i was in the wrong!


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yeah we have the community wardens too. they Never seem to bother anyone though. With the police it's like they have targets or something and when they're down on their sales they pull random people over to try and meet their quotas lol.

When i was younger i got stopped WALKING home at say 10-ish at night a few times, and quizzed about where i'd been what i'd been doing etc and they tried to search me. They had no luck though, with dad being a copper i knew (then at least) a single copper wasn't allowed to search you without probable cause.

Similar that a police car can't stop you for speeding etc if it doesnt have 2 people in it unless it's specifically a traffic car.


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No one likes doing it but you are just better off smiling and saying "yes officer/sorry officer etc etc" as if you get smart wiv em or argue the point they will look for any excuse to do you.If they then decide to do you for something then get there number and complain as you then have nothing to lose.


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Rules for easy life and lack of harassment.
1/ When stopped by the police, the policeman is always right.
2/ When policeman seems to be wrong, button lip and refer to rule one.
Got me through my youth on dodgy motorbikes and cars with very few problems .
You can call him all the things under the sun when he's gone.
Never mind you being right or him being wrong, and forget making complaint unless things get badly out of hand. He has mates. Once your marked, your life will be made very difficult.
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Smith18 wrote:
ive had 2 times where cas of my age i must have stolen my car!! i dont do stuff wrong except wrong place wrong time.


im 20 and never have problems with the pigs, i even have illegal hids.
yet with my 306 it was the total opposite, it had alloys so it immediately made me a boy racer
perfect target for random inspections :bang


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as uncle buck said if they want you theyll get you :bang


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:11 pm 
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To be fair to him, he wasn't being all patronising and talking down to me, it was kind of in the way that a brother might talk to you if he thought you were doing something wrong, and when he said about me braking late for the roundabout, I said I didn't think I was really, he just said that it's always better to be safe than sorry, and to take it easy.

Just makes me laugh really, did nothing wrong, yet he pulls me over for a quick chat about my driving! :roll: :roll:


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It's just an excuse to check you and the motor out. If it wasn't your driving it would have been something else. Anything at all.
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i thought with a title like "just got pulled by the plod" the copper had performed some kind of illegal act of a sexual nature on you............... :rollin :rollin

the key here is he didnt try to do you.maybe he thought you needed the advice.......and maybe you did go a little bit fast and recklessly.......nothing like a bit of pride to stop you admitting the whole truth...

im not being rude you may well be a good driver.but the number of 18 year olds i see who think they are a driving god-its no wonder the coppers pull em.he may have just been looking cos your young and in a new car.when i was 18ish ish one pulled me for summat minor and really chewed my balls-it upset me and i complained but it did no good.


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yeah funny that... i got pulled in my 306's 5 or 6 times and twice in the astra (all 3 were *almost* standard apart from one I had :o an ALPINE sticker across the back for a laugh) but ive never been pulled once in the coupe :confused


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Got to remember that the police are there to do a job and, although it may appear harrassing or discriminatory, the younger you are, the less experience you have. Driving is like life as a whole, experience comes with age, and the two are generally expected to lead to more mature behaviour (Macker and Scout excepted).

The police it appears treated you fairly as, from their perspective, your car would have been seen to bare down on them from behind faster than they considered right for the driving conditions, and chose to investigate. For all you know they could have been thinking "is he in an emergency/distress, does he require help, is he being persued, etc" not merely the "drunk/drugged/mad" labels.

At the end of the day, you presumably weren't speeding, just braking later than they would have expected. I would suggest that the only answer should be apologetic, demonstrating that you understand their comments and are grateful for them raising it to your attention.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:17 pm 
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your car could have also just fallen into the hands of TWOCING SCUM.


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IMO fair play for stopping you. Someone driving a bit recklessly behind a police officer, braking late etc etc just screams pull me over and check me out. 9 times out of 10 they find something else out like drink, drugs, illegal car, 14 year old behind the wheel and the likes.

Im not over exaggerating...i watch Pat and Karl on Road Wars :lol :rollin

dont get me wrong, everyone drives in a hurry now and again but whats the harm in the police pulling someone over just to check someone out, if your not breaking the law you have nothing to worry about. After all you would want that to happen to filter out the criminals we have these days, that crash into you and then say "oh i have no insurance"


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When I was 18 (long time ago) I had a MGB GT in British Racing Green.
Can't tell you the number of times I got stopped by the plod, but it must have been at least once a month.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:21 pm 
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Gen3FX wrote:
When I was 18 (long time ago) I had a MGB GT in British Racing Green.
Can't tell you the number of times I got stopped by the plod, but it must have been at least once a month.


Im 23 and ive got one!!! Never been pulled in it though funnily enough, dont think they see me as a speed demon in that now :D

used to get pulled a hell of alot, found out that an ex-girlfriend worked for the police and had put an information marker on my car. Now i generally only get pulled for my plates


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When I had a Black Nova SR with limo tints all round (except windscreen) and non standard engine, suspension etc. if I didn't get pulled at least once a week I was disappointed :rollin :rollin


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:42 pm 
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StevieD wrote:
IMO fair play for stopping you. Someone driving a bit recklessly behind a police officer, braking late etc etc just screams pull me over and check me out. 9 times out of 10 they find something else out like drink, drugs, illegal car, 14 year old behind the wheel and the likes.

Im not over exaggerating...i watch Pat and Karl on Road Wars :lol :rollin

dont get me wrong, everyone drives in a hurry now and again but whats the harm in the police pulling someone over just to check someone out, if your not breaking the law you have nothing to worry about. After all you would want that to happen to filter out the criminals we have these days, that crash into you and then say "oh i have no insurance"


He wasn't saying I was driving recklessly and braking late, he was saying I was being reckless by braking late!

Which I wasn't, the point I was making was that I was in no way braking "late", but the replies on here make me realise he was just doing a casual "young guy in a fast car" stop to make sure everything was coshure!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:56 pm 
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It's easier just to accept the slap on the wrist, and not bite back. As annoying as it is. The more you say the more they do usually!


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