It’s late at night and you’re on your way home from a social event on a Saturday night. You are very careful especially when it comes to driving home, because you don’t want to get pulled over or stopped, even though you only had a couple drinks. You may even pass a few people who have been pulled over on your way home.
For the police officers patrolling the streets at night, it’s often more dangerous for them than you. Often times police officers pull over a vehicle for something as simple as “failure to yield the right of way” and end up in a situation where they find their life at risk. You might ask yourself, “Is there anything that they can do as a safety precaution?”
Well, believe it or not, there is something police officers have been doing for decades for their own safety, especially prior to the invention of the dash cams.
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Have you ever been pulled over, only to notice the cop tap your taillight as he approaches?
Well, according to Life Aspire, it may seem like just a little tap, but when an officer touches a tail light, it has more meaning than most people realize.
This way, cops were able to startle many a criminal attempting to stash illegal drugs or guns before the officer saw them. Tapping the tail light has the benefit of startling these criminals before they can finish hiding their stash of ill-gotten goods.
It also leaves behind forensic evidence which proves the officer had contact with the suspect. This might seem trivial, but if an officer is attacked or disappears, it can be the one piece of crucial evidence which connects him with the culprit’s car.
Nowadays, most police cars have dash cameras installed, but some officers still practice this.
So the next time you get pulled over, check to see if the police officer who stopped you is still practicing this ritual.
Or if you’re lucky enough you may even get a police officer who enthusiatically lip-syncs to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’ after he writes you the ticket.
Like the officer in this video, which received over 500,000 views in a few days: