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Seriously WTF? I can't pass dangerous traffic?

This happen nearly 15 mins ago and I still don't get why I was pulled over. There were no less than 4 more dangerous people driving than I if you consider me dangerous. I got no ticket but a stern voice from the officer.

Now I never keep myself near dangerous traffic be it highway/road/street whatever. I considering dangerous traffic someone who seems to be more interested in everything over than driving or in poor control of their vehicle. I also consider it the random packs of 10 or so cars tightly riding each others ass on the roadway.

I am coming down a hill in traffic in this snowy day. Road conditions are sub-par for idiots with bad tires, par or better if you have decent all-seasons/snows. I have snows. So we get to the bottom of the hill which mind you was backing up because of the attempt at one car who can't make it up the hill. It starts moving slowly again but as that happens I get a red light at the bottom, cop in front a couple of cars.

That car I spoke of was still inching up the hill after it turned green, not mind you it was in the left lane of a 4 lane road. It would be very easy for faster, safer traffic to pass it and keep traffic flowing. Nope everyone inches behind it like mindless drones. We finally crest the top of hill and I deciede to get in the right lane now which is the lane I need to be in anyway so I can turn in a bit. I am barely doing 15 mph at the point I inch past the officer(who is in a 4x4 Explorer) and before I even get half a car length past him I get lights & sirens.

He pops out of the car and the first thing out of his mouth is "Why are you in such a damn hurry?" I pretty much explain myself as I was getting in the right lane because that is the lane I need to be in I am not speeding I was going 15 mph. He boost that when it snows all roads are single lane... I also told him I was uncomfortable being behind the dangerous car in front who was wildly spinning it's tires on the hill and weaving. He then counters with "Just because you have AWD doesn't mean you can speed through the snow, slow down." Again I explained it all...he walks away midway through that convo and talks to another stopped officer. I pull out and continue on my way. Unable to turn now safely as I passed it half a car length. So I continue straight ahead. This is where I see the 4 infractions.

1.Again weaving wildly trying to gain control so they obviously shouldn't be driving.
2.Cell phone use which is far more dangerous IMO
3.Car which did absolutely no cleaning of it's windows, just a tiny porthole in the windshield.
4.A van driving over a concrete island to get out because traffic stopped in the intersection which is ok if it didn't fishtail halfway through. Again lack of control.

I at no point was not under control of my car yet because of this I am singled out, fuckin fantastic.

The cop could have easily pulled behind this car who couldn't make it up the hill and put his lights on to instruct others to pass and keep traffic flowing since it is a state route.

I have been told a similar story from my wife's coworker after her getting a ticket for passing in a downpour. Cop was in far left lane doing 40-45mph, she was doing 50-55 mph, speed limit 55mph. She was in the far right lane to take her exit for work. Cop said it is a state law that you can't pass a cop in poor weather. While it is not he can do the prudent and safe speed standard but honestly as evident by some highway chases. Most cops can't drive worth a shit when it is dry. How can he make judgement on your driving abilities when you did nothing wrong. You certainly can't make a judgment on his even if he did something wrong.

That in fact happened recently, a cop ran a red with no lights responding to a call colliding with another cop. His car was sent into the sidewalk where he struck and killed a little boy. Cop was just put on leave without pay, no criminal charges or loss of driving privileges. BS if you ask me.

I dunno...just a lovely morning commute as usual.

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edit: sorry for the length
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I feel your pain. Sometimes I think officers drive extra slow just to watch everyone tail behind them in fear. F that.
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Cops just hate getting passed, it hurts their little egos if they get passed by a civilian. I do it all the time, legally of course, just to see if i'll get a response.
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Ya I pass all the time too, again safely mind you.

F that indeed.
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the point is, if a cop wants to give you a ticket, he will... besides the objective laws (i.e. 60 in a 55, crossing a red light, not stopping at a stop sign), there is a shit load of laws designed to let cops give you tickets "just because": "un-safe and un-prudent speed", "display of speed", "following too closely", etc. etc.

be careful out there
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the point is, if a cop wants to give you a ticket, he will... besides the objective laws (i.e. 60 in a 55, crossing a red light, not stopping at a stop sign), there is a shit load of laws designed to let cops give you tickets "just because": "un-safe and un-prudent speed", "display of speed", "following too closely", etc. etc.

be careful out there

this^^^^ it's just a game to the cops, and they have the edge.
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the point is, if a cop wants to give you a ticket, he will... besides the objective laws (i.e. 60 in a 55, crossing a red light, not stopping at a stop sign), there is a shit load of laws designed to let cops give you tickets "just because": "un-safe and un-prudent speed", "display of speed", "following too closely", etc. etc.

be careful out there

Technically in that case we are all 6 inches off each others rear because the front car would start & stop every time it got traction and such.

He should have issue "following too closely" tickets to us all in that regard.

I certainly try.
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One more thread about cops not citing those that deserve it. While I think you did nothing wrong, its not good to draw attention to yourself.
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He didn't ticket you because he was being a dick, but knew he didn't have anything to fault you on.
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" that when it snows all roads are single lane"

lol wtf? i have never ever heard of that in my life. and it's winter where i live 6 months of the year.

that cop sounds like a huge
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Rule 1: Cops don't know jack shit.
Rule 2: Don't. Talk. To. Cops.

Youtube don't talk to the police. Watch the entire 48 minute thing.
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Cops just hate getting passed, it hurts their little egos if they get passed by a civilian. I do it all the time, legally of course, just to see if i'll get a response.

Cops are civilians.
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Cops are civilians.

they don't think so.
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Cops are civilians.

they have fancy hats... hence, not civilians
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cops are bound by "due regard"

they just walk on everything. fuck the police. i was a public servant and an emergency vehicle operator and i fucking hate the cops.

but: YOU DON'T PASS COPS

jesus christ why don't people get this. What you did had NOTHING to do with why you were pulled over, it had everything to do with you IGNORING a cop. Cops don't like that, they perceve it as disrespect and you just disrespected them, you're gonna get pulled over.

Just don't fucking do it, let them pass and then haul ass.
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