100 Reasons Why You May Have Been Pulled Over By Police

“Excuse me officer, can I help you?”

Has your teenager ever come home irritated that the police were picking on him? Has your spouse ever come home fuming that the Blue Meanies were closer to meeting their ticket quota? Have you ever wondered why the police would ever pull anyone over? A recent conversation with a friend had this retired police officer challenged to compile a list of some of the reasons that he or his partners had ever pulled over drivers who may have taken some of the rules of the road into their own hands. Here is a list of 100 reasons why you may have been pulled over by the police.

1. You were speeding
2. You did not stop at the stop sign (light)
3. You were not wearing your seat belt
4. Your passenger was not wearing a seat belt
5. Your seat belt is dragging on the ground
6. Your license plates are expired
7. Your license plate is covered
8. Your license plate is covered by a lens
9. The tailgate on your truck is unfastened
10. You backed your car up with undue care
11. Your insurance sticker is expired
12. Your children are not in a car seat
13. Your loving child gave me “the finger”
14. You were using your phone without a headset
15. You were texting
16. You crossed the center line
17. You were driving on a sidewalk
18. You were driving in a prohibited lane (bus or commuter lane)
19. You were weaving in your lane
20. You only have 1 license plate on your car
21. Display more than 1 license plate on your vehicle
22. Your windows are tinted too dark
23. Your muffler is too loud
24. Your stereo is too loud
25. You were driving with headphones in both ears
26. You were racing with another vehicle
27. You did not signal to turn (change lanes)
28. Your lights are not on
29. You did not dim your high beams when meeting traffic
30. You are using fog lamps when weather is good
31. You have a burned out headlamp
32. You have colored lights on your vehicle
33. You were shining a light into other vehicles (flashlight, spotlight)
34. You have a burned out tail light
35. You have a broken tail light
36. Your license plate is upside down
37. You have a burned out license plate light
38. Crowding the driver (Too many people in the front seat)
39. Your trunk lid is not latched
40. Contents of your car may fall on the road
41. Your tire is flat
42. You do not have a rear view mirror
43. You do not have side view mirrors
44. Your car is leading fluid
45. Smoke is coming out from behind your car
46. Your exhaust system is dragging on the ground
47. You have traffic cones dragging under your car
48. I saw that you were drinking a beer
49. I saw that you were smoking with children in the car
50. I saw that you were smoking what appeared to be drugs
51. Your car matched the description of a getaway car in a robbery
52. We received a complaint that someone in your car was “mooning” other drivers
53. We received a complaint that someone in your car was “flashing” other drivers
54. We received a complaint that some saw someone with a gun in your car
55. We received a complaint that someone stole this car
56. We received a complaint that you were DUI
57. We received a complaint that you were slamming on your brakes in front of other cars
58. We received a complaint that you were squealing tires
59. We received a complaint that you were driving imprudently
60. We received a complaint that you were driving dangerously
61. We received a complaint that someone was car surfing
62. We received a complaint that people were hanging outside of your car
63. We received a complaint that you were driving to closely to other cars
64. We received a complaint that you were driving through the ditches
65. We received a complaint that you were driving the wrong way on a one way street
66. You did not pay for gas at the gas station
67. You were driving in a manner that may impede traffic
68. You made an illegal “U” turn
69. You were driving too fast for road conditions
70. You are the owner of a vehicle that has outstanding fines
71. You are the owner of a vehicle that has outstanding warrants
72. You were using an illegal radar detector
73. You do not have a safety chain on your trailer
74. Your trailer lights are not working
75. Your trailer’s contents are not secured
76. “Call police” was written in the dust on your vehicle
77. We are conducting a roving/mobile DUI check stop
78. You did not clear the snow from your car
79. You did not clear the snow from your windows
80. You did not defrost the windows
81. Your vision is obstructed by all the cargo (crap) that you have in your car
82. Parked in a no parking zone
83. Parked in a handicapped zone
84. Park in a manner that obstructs roadway
85. Pass on a solid line
86. You disobeyed orders or signals from an officer
87. You failed to yield the right of way
88. You failed to pull to the shoulder when an emergency vehicle approached with lights activated
89. You drove over a fire hose
90. You did not yield the right of way to a pedestrian
91. Proceed when unsafe to do so
92. Fail to have required equipment
93. Modify vehicle so that it does not meet safety standards
94. Deposit litter on a roadway
95. Have an improperly TV set
96. Tow two or more trailers
97. Fail to attach warning flag to oversize load
98. Install or use equipment to resemble a police car
99. Improperly use of signal lights or emergency lights
100. Routine check for driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance

The “100 List” is not held out to be the definitive and most comprehensive list that is ever to be compiled. It is meant to be light hearted and educational tool to have drivers evaluate their driving habits and perhaps begin a conversation that will have a positive impact on driving habits. Many of the lighter hearted reasons have been actually used and observed by the author or partners that have observed some of the driving habits. Some of the reasons may or may not be offenses in all of the states and provinces, so please check with your local Traffic Act or Statutes in order to verify if you may be in violation.

“Good _____ (morning, afternoon, evening, night), ______ (Sir, Mam, Miss), Did you realize that you were ________ (insert all applicable numbers from the 100 List in the blank)??? May I please see your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance documents…

Please drive safely