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2 tips for questioning subjects during traffic stops

As we’ve discussed before, major busts can come from even the lowest-level traffic violation stops if — repeat, IF — the officer making the stop is motivated, creative, and laser focused on spotting key indicators that could flag a much bigger crime than speeding. Here are a couple of quick things to keep in mind during your next conversation with a stopped driver or his passengers.

1.) The Information Dump
This is where you ask a short, simple question that should yield a short, simple answer but instead you get flooded with information. It could go something like this:

You: Where are you headed this evening?

Driver: I’m going to visit my aunt. She lives about 200 miles from here. She’s really, really sick. I was falling behind and decided to pick up the speed because she might not have very long. I can do that in this car. It’s not mine. It’s my friend’s. He lives in my hometown. His name is Jim. His car is faster than mine. Mine broke down, otherwise I’d be driving that one. The guy in the car with me is Dave. He’s a friend of mine. He lives about 20 minutes from me. He knows my aunt. That’s why he’s with me. I like hanging out with him. He keeps me out of trouble, ha, ha. I got pulled over once before and swore I would slow down from then on. Dave doesn’t even have a speeding ticket on his record. Good guy. Kind of quiet. So, what’s it like to be a cop? I really feel for you guys. Odd hours, dangerous people…”

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