Traffic Stop Safety

I've been retired for a bit, but I used to employ a tactic on some traffic stops involving panel vans and vehicles with darkened rear windows. Since most of our patrols were one-officer squads, I used to position my cruiser behind the stopped vehicle in usual prescribed manner. However, when the subject car was pulled over, I placed my spot or "landing light" on the driver's side view mirror. It seems that human instinct has the driver looking into this mirror to see where I was. The momentary blindness allowed me to exit my vehicle, walk around the rear of my squad (not to break the light's beam) and approach the subject's vehicle from the curb or passenger's side.

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