Is There a Problem, Officer?: A Cop's Inside Scoop on Avoiding Traffic Tickets


Whoop! Whoop!  We all dread the sound of a siren and the sight of flashing blue lights behind our vehicles. Unfortunately, it’s almost inevitable you’ll be pulled over for speeding or running a red light at some point in your life. Is There a Problem, Officer? will make that moment less uncomfortable. And what better way to get the lowdown on when and why cops dish out tickets than from an actual cop?


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Whoop! Whoop!  We all dread the sound of a siren and the sight of flashing blue lights behind our vehicles. Unfortunately, it’s almost inevitable you’ll be pulled over for speeding or running a red light at some point in your life. Is There a Problem, Officer? will make that moment less uncomfortable. And what better way to get the lowdown on when and why cops dish out tickets than from an actual cop?


Seattle police officer Steve Pomper tells it exactly how it is:


Don’t cry; you definitely won’t avoid a ticket that way.

Common courtesy will take you a lot further than speeding will.
If you deny fault, you can’t expect to receive a warning to correct the problem. 

Pomper has added helpful advice from police officers all over the United States, plus real-life cop-driver anecdotes and illustrative cartoons. Read this book and you’ll never again have to roll down your window and guiltily ask, Is There a Problem, Officer?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641987212
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Pomper is a Seattle police officer and has been on the force for fourteen years. He lives with his wife in Brier, Washington.

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Is There a Problem, Officer?

A Cop's Inside Scoop on Avoiding Traffic Tickets
By Pomper, Steve

The Lyons Press

Copyright © 2007 Pomper, Steve
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781599210377

Excerpt from the Introduction:
How to get into our heads and know what we’re thinking before we knock on your vehicle window
I wrote this book primarily to help motorists better understand how cops think. As you read, try to remember that cops are in most ways just like you. They have homes, families, pets, and a social life. They have hopes and aspirations for the future. Sometimes they’re in a good mood; on other days they awaken on the wrong side of the hammock, just as you do. You also need to remember that we’ve almost seen (and heard) it all. Sometimes you throw us for a loop, but usually honesty is the best policy and if we’ve pulled you over it’s probably because you were doing something wrong. And, more than likely, you probably already know the reason why, too.
Keep in mind that it would be so much easier if, in this book, I could make all-encompassing references to local laws and department policies, but that would be impossible. If all law enforcement agencies in America operated under the same umbrella it would be possible, but thankfully they don’t. There are thousands of agencies across this country with significant and varied policy differences. As long as agencies comply with federal and state constitutional limits and local governmental laws, they are freeto enact their own policies. The policies in specific areas reflect the demands and preferences of that particular locality. However, how human beings treat each other has certain common denominators that transcend any specific policy differences.
This book deals with emotion, perception, and behavior—and with common sense. How we act and react to circumstances can affect the outcome of a traffic stop. The information in this book would have been as useful to the horse and carriage driver in 1806 as to the Ford Model A driver in 1906, as it is to today’s 2006 motorist, and as it will be to the hovercraft pilot in 2106.

What to say, do, and expect if all else fails and you’re slapped with a ticket anyway
Okay, so maybe you heeded all the great and helpful advice this text has to offer but regardless—you wound up being stopped by Officer Ticket-No-Matter-What. Rearview Regrets offers up-to-date guidance on what to expect before you even enter the courtroom, who you’ll expect to see, how long the process will take, and what to anticipate during the hearing to ease your mind (and perhaps make you realize to ease off the gas pedal the next time you hop into your vehicle!)
It’s now time to sit back (seatbelt on of course), relax, and get ready to learn tips you never knew, read stories you never thought were possible, and remember lessons to keep you safe and ticket-free so that you’ll never glance up in your mirror and have any rearview regrets.


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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments X

Foreword by Lowen Clausen X

Introduction X

Chapter 1: How to Survive a Traffic Stop X
· The difference between a ticket and a warning
· Miscommunication as an obstacle
· Officers are people just like you

Chapter 2: Good Afternoon. Do You Know Why I Stopped You? X
· Different types of agencies
· Public safety as a mission
· Education is an officer’s primary goal

Chapter 3: Hello, Officer…I Don’t Mean to Offend You, but You’re a Liar X
· Accusatory words get you nowhere fast
· Cops are trained to look for infractions
· Police myths debunked

Chapter 4: Don’t You Have Anything Better to Do? X
· Accepting responsibility for your own actions
· The three levels of traffic enforcement
· Laws are created for specific reasons

Chapter 5: My Secret Formula X
· Learning the tricks of the trade
· Public safety versus imminent danger
· Inadvertent versus intentional

Chapter 6: Excuses are Like Opinions—and You Know What Opinions Are Like X
· The art of the perfect excuse
· Officers make great observations
· Examples of pathetic (but unfortunately real) excuses

Chapter 7: I Was Just On My Way To… X
· More outrageous excuses actually used
· Different perspectives: bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists
· The real power of bicycle and motorcycle cops

Chapter 8: You Only Stopped Me Because ____________ X
· Tickets and race, gender, ethnic issues
· Tickets and licenses and registrations
· Staying in your car for safety’s sake

Chapter 9: Talk to My Lawyer X
· Lawyers are not intimidating to cops
· Big egos equal big tickets
· Lawyers tend to give the same advice cops give

Chapter 10: Only Hot Chicks Get Warnings X
· Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
· Attitude weighs more heavily than looks do
· The Attitude Test

Chapter 11: I’ve Been Driving Since Before You Were Born! X
· Acknowledging deteriorating driving skills
· Retaking driving tests
· Remember we’re all going to be “Sunday drivers” someday

Chapter 12: Honesty is the Best Policy X
· It’s difficult to incriminate yourself when you’re innocent
· Life will be easier when you’re wrong and admit it
· Cops are experts at detecting lies

Chapter 13: Petty Tyrants X
· Definition of a petty tyrant
· Why some cops are petty tyrants
· How to keep petty tyrants happy

Chapter 14: Alive is a Good Thing to Be X
· Officer safety is a top priority
· Determining threat levels
· Officers are sometimes held to an impossible standard

Chapter 15: Please Press Hard, Officer, Four Copies X
· Officers writing other officers tickets
· The importance of discretion
· If a cop won’t stand up against a bad law, who will?

Chapter 16: You Never Know X
· Things are not always as they appear
· Assumptions and how they come into play during traffic violations
· Crisis, trauma, stress, back to work

Chapter 17: I Am So a Cop—Really! X
· Respect and cops by foot, bike, horse, motorcycle, car, etc.
· An officer is an officer regardless of his uniform or mode of transportation
· Bottom line: When you see lights, move out of the way

Chapter 18: ElectraGlide ™ in View X
· Motorcycle cops’ primary mission
· Motorcycle cop stereotypes
· Advantages for motorcycle cops, disadvantages for you

Chapter 19: That Jalopy of Yours X
· Be organized with your vehicle paperwork
· Don’t give a cop a reason to pull you over
· Keep your vehicle in good working order

Chapter 20: Born to Be Wild—or Mild X
· Be predictable when you move
· Remove your helmet
· Keep your documents handy

Chapter 21: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished X
· Most cops do have hearts
· The way you act determines how the cop will respond…
· …And may determine how the next pulled over motorist will be treated!

Chapter 22: Road Rage…Grrr! X
· Don’t get sucked in by a jerk
· Remember what mom taught you; count to ten
· Sometimes when cars crash people die

Chapter 23: A Hot Date—at Court X
· Choices you have
· People to contact and costs to pay
· What to expect while at court

Chapter 24: Are You Challenging Me? X
· It’s about two perspectives presented as objectively as possible
· Accidents vs. Collisions: There’s a difference
· It may suck, but maybe you really did do it

Chapter 25: A (Final) Verbal Warning… X
· Common courtesy may get you farther than you think
· Sometimes we act in ways that are opposite to our intended goal
· Strengthening the relationship between society and the police

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