By really_now / Friday 26 April 2013 00:56 / United States - Reno
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  shyeahh_fml  |  19

Actually, a lot of cops use the defense that the phone is required for work as a lot of people have police scanners. It's a way to talk to colleagues without the public hearing. But I agree, they abuse their power way too often.

  HKCgrimmjow  |  15

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

  kristabelli  |  19

THANK you #52 - I thought I was going crazy here! OP definitely should have minded their own business. (Not that it doesn't annoy me when people talk on their phones when driving, but it's not MY job to make them stop.)

  niggaman95  |  7

#34 I understand that as my dad drives that exact thing. However, our county is getting 2013 dodge chargers as their undercover car with civilian license plates, so sometimes it isn't as noticeable.

  MaydayParadexx  |  18

I feel like looking at the other driver, pulling out your phone, and trying to communicate with another car while driving is a bit more dangerous than talking on the phone. I don't know, just my opinion.

  SolanumX  |  6

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.

  emilyjgraham  |  34

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.

  SolanumX  |  6

He wouldn't be, it's less about the physical phone and more about the roadway distraction. Calling or not, he was dividing his attention. It's the same philosophy that's used for ticketing people putting make up on in the car, etc

  tjv3  |  10

This is why people should mind their own business! He wasn't driving your car, he wasn't using your phone, and you are not a cop. So to sum it up it you would have just minded your own business and went about your day you wouldn't have a ticket right now

  flaca273  |  7

Then that cop must be stupid can't they just call the phone company to see if the person made any calls that would have cleared him because he wasn't usin it

By  Ctrl_H  |  17

you deserve it for trying to be a good person in this cruel world... ha just kidding the cop is an asshole and was probably just trying to cover his own ass. fyl indeed.

By  Mauskau  |  35

-sigh. Police can be assholes sometimes. Give someone a little bit of authority and they think every rule doesn't apply to them but they can enforce it on the public. Next time it'd be best to just ignore them and let them get in trouble on their own.

  cosmosis  |  12

"People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes". Theres a right way and a wrong way of going about things. OP chose the wrong way and got burnt.

  chlorinegreen  |  27

Could always use the hand gesture instead. You know, the gesture with you pinky and thumb? But you don't think complicated details of what might happen, it just seems easier to pick up your own phone to make a point.

By  ama87  |  8

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.

  galghs  |  10

Cops are exempt from all motor vehicle laws except passing a school bus. It wouldn't look very good for OP to go to court. Not including by driving up along side them to try and motion a cell phone created more of a risk than anything.

  amDes  |  11

Here in Ontario you can get a ticket for just having a phone in your hand or for being distracted by drinking a coffee. Its a hands-free law so even if they weren't on a call they can still get a ticket. I don't know about the laws were OP is though.

  SolanumX  |  6

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.