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Tips - Buying space with your spotlight

July 09, 2008

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Buying space with your spotlight

Submitted by:
Patrol Sgt. Tom Simonds, South Portland (ME) PD


During traffic contacts on multi-lane avenues or highways, I often aim my spotlight down on the ground to create a circle of light on the asphalt just beside my front fender. Passing motorists, who normally give no second thought to driving within inches of a police car with blue lights on, always seem to drive around the spot of light on the ground, giving me an additional few feet of clearance.

I only do this when I don't need to illuminate the suspect vehicle, or when I am the second unit on the scene.

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