Sometimes it seems that there is an underground war going on between cops and sports car drivers. I am both and have been for a number of years now. I am sure a lot of us have had bad experiences when getting pulled over. I had an absolutely horrible one before I became a cop (funnily enough it was in the Knox area too, but I am not going to go into too much detail about it). I will tell you all a little secret that will get you out of more fines and trouble with police than any other trick you may know. The number one thing that gets drivers into trouble when I pull them over is not loud exhausts, big rims, low clearance, or dark tinting. It is driver attitude. I don't care if you don't respect the law or the police in reality. Make me believe you do when I intercept you and you have a much greater chance of leaving with the same amount of demerit points and money in your bank account. There is hardly ever a situation where I have decided that someone is getting a ticket when I pull them over, except when it is painfully obvious they are being disrespectful in their driving in front of me or racing. I won't use the word "hoon" because that has been overused recently by the media. A few tips on what not to do when I pull you over: Don't call me "mate". I do not know you and we are not mates. Don't call me a patronising "sir". That's a bigger mistake than thinking I am your mate. Don't get out of your car, that puts me on the defensive straight away. I don't know if you are planning on assaulting me, running away, or even trying to get in front of traffic to commit suicide. Don't say words to the effect of "What seems to be the problem officer?" That is possibly the worst opening line any person could ever use on me and I am probably likely to answer "The problem is how are you going to get home without a car and licence?" Don't argue the toss with me. Even if you don't necessarily agree, admit you stuffed up and you are sorry and I am more likely to give you a warning and let you keep your car and licence. Even if you end up getting a ticket, you can argue the matter in court. It's not going to change my mind on the night and I am not going to take the ticket back because you are complaining or think that I am wrong. Don't tell me I should be out catching real criminals instead of picking on you driving your car home. Road related deaths and accidents cost the community more than all other crime combined. More people die on the roads than get murdered each year. My own sister was run down and killed while crossing the road a few years ago. Do not think you know my job and what I am best spending my time doing better than I do. Don't hang around Noble Park McDonald's or any other place with a large bunch of dickheads. Just like all cops look the same in their car and uniform to you, most cars and drivers in that environment look the same to us. It's unfortunate, but it is human nature to generalise and stereotype to an extent. Random facts: Fog lights are not illegal as long as they are white or yellow, are on a seperate switch to the regular headlights, and are not aimed higher than the regular low beam headlights. Red, blue and green lights, especially flashing ones are a massive no-no. I don't care how cool your strobe light looks, do not turn it on while you are driving. Flash them while you are driving and you are look like you are impersonating a police officer, which is not the best terms under which we could meet. It doesn't matter whether the light you just went through was red or amber. It wasn't green and that means you can get a ticket for it. I don't need to have a radar or laser if I am following behind you to estimate your speed and charge you for it. Any other questions I might be able to help you with, feel free to ask. Or if you want to just flame me, my occupation, and my posts, go for it too.