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    Traffic stop question

    From which side do you approach & what are your reasons ?
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    It is entirely situational. As a general rule, I approach the driver's side at a close angle to the violator vehicle. I sometimes switch up and approach the passenger side. This sometimes depends on number of occupants, traffic density and location of stop (high traffic area, mud puddles, etc.).
    Other factors are trade secrets and for officer safety reasons, I don't want to go further.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slamdunc
    It is entirely situational. As a general rule, I approach the driver's side at a close angle to the violator vehicle. I sometimes switch up and approach the passenger side. This sometimes depends on number of occupants, traffic density and location of stop (high traffic area, mud puddles, etc.).
    Other factors are trade secrets and for officer safety reasons, I don't want to go further.
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    I recommend approaching from above the vehicle for complete surprise.

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    I agree. With the everthing said, even the above approach thats pure talent. I will let you in on a trade secret. It depends on what side the hot chick is on. Im kidding


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    I prefer to teleport into the vehicle, and use my phaser on stun.
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    I just make all stops felony stops. That way I don't have to decide which side to approach from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deputy29
    I just make all stops felony stops. That way I don't have to decide which side to approach from.
    Is your agency hiring??? Sounds like a lot of fun.
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    I like to approach from the front, I make sure the driver has the car in gear and is revving the engine. Makes me feel safer
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    Have any of you ever gotten into the back seat, and asked the driver to take you to the nearest strip bar?

    Just wondered, it sounded like a fun way to confuse them.

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    After I take a piss on your left back tire, I just climb into the backseat so that its hard for you to shoot me.







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    I'm curious why you would choose the back left tire?
    The open window would give you more tactical advantage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCharlie
    I'm curious why you would choose the back left tire?
    The open window would give you more tactical advantage.

    Hmmm. Perhaps I'm due for a change of tactics?
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    OH lord this is getting good. This thread is so staying open.
    Being the best is not what always counts. What counts is always trying your best.

    Remember who you are, and where you came from. That way you never get a big head.


    May those that lost their lives in 9-11 RIP, for the things you did not many could do. You left so many behind so that you could save so few. For now we stand strong as one, and will not look back till the fight is done. (me)

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    I also nominate Chris2001 for the biggest signature line () ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongTail
    I also nominate Chris2001 for the biggest signature line () ever!
    Terms is longer but its filled with empty space.
    Being the best is not what always counts. What counts is always trying your best.

    Remember who you are, and where you came from. That way you never get a big head.


    May those that lost their lives in 9-11 RIP, for the things you did not many could do. You left so many behind so that you could save so few. For now we stand strong as one, and will not look back till the fight is done. (me)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris2001
    Terms is longer but its filled with empty space.
    How appropriate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongTail
    How appropriate!
    So where is my cool kid on the block gift
    Being the best is not what always counts. What counts is always trying your best.

    Remember who you are, and where you came from. That way you never get a big head.


    May those that lost their lives in 9-11 RIP, for the things you did not many could do. You left so many behind so that you could save so few. For now we stand strong as one, and will not look back till the fight is done. (me)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris2001
    So where is my cool kid on the block gift
    Stop being a whiny biotch and I'll see what I can do...

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    I prefer to do them one of two ways....

    1) Run screaming up to the driver's side door and promptly T-Bag the driver through the open window and stamp "I got pulled over and a Deputy dropped his nuts here" on his forhead. Then run back to my car and drive off lights and sirens. I leave them totally confused.

    2.) Run up to the vehicle, piss on the rear tire, break out the rear window with my ASP jump in and scream "WAZZUP MY BITCHES???". And then promptly run back to my vehicle, and drive off lights and sirens.

 

 
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