By really_now - 26/04/2013 00:56 - United States - Reno
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Cops are also trained in defensive driving and take many driving courses along with extensive training in these fields, cell phone? I don't think they would need that for work. Maybe a radio and a laptop, even so, same thing, they are at a certain degree able to get away with these things
Cops are such assholes sometimes, you should have tried to explain your intentions though and tried to see if he understands, if he didn't then... shit.
Look at it from the cops perspective, even if he had explained himself, how many times do you think people are gesturing with their phone at someone else on the road versus using it. The cop would probably dismiss it as an excuse (which is the logical decision). In addition, pulling up next to someone and pulling their attention away from the road is dangerous for both of you, so in a sense he had a reason to pull you over simply for making the road a little more dangerous.
81, if that's the case they can appeal it. I'm sure when you are accused of it you can ask them to prove it. If they were to look back on the phone records they would see that OP was not in fact on the phone at the time of the accusation and he theoretically should be let off.
So much for being a good person... This world is going to hell my dear friends.
Take it to court. And bring your phone records while you're at it. See if he wants to show up and try to justify his ego trip in front of the judge.
Cop wins, hands down. They can use their phone for official business and that ticket would NOT get thrown out. If they give you the benefit of the doubt then the courts just stripped some of their police force's discretionary power, which, believe it or not, is generally a good thing to let your police force have. To address the phone records: they wouldn't make a difference, you had your phone in your had and you were distracted from the roadway itself.