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  • To see what kind they are dealing with? Honesty or other.
  • Hoping that you'll tell them about the things they didn't catch you doing.
  • well, that way they'll know if you know what the law/rule is. Another reason is if you do know, than why did you do it? If not, maybe you weren't aware of it.
  • It is a trick to try and get you to incriminate yourself for something else.
  • When you say, "yes, Officer, I was doing 55 in a 30 MPH zone, you've just confessed. It's best to be very polite, non-defensive, and certainly not argumentative. But don't tell the officer that you knew what you were doing--and then offer a excuse...that's only stupid. Repeat: Be cooperative and be polite.
  • Just striking up a conversation?
  • to waste your time
  • It's simply a conversation starter.
  • They don't know you know that
  • Personally I think it's to see how honest you're going to be with them...I think they are WAY more willing to let you go (if they feel like it) if you own up to it, but you sure can FORGET it if you lie to their face!
  • OFFICER:"sir,your eyes are red,have you been drinking this evening?" ME:"no,officer your eyes look glazed,have you been eating doughnuts?"
  • The "Official" reason is to make sure that it's clear exactly how major of a crime you're being pulled over for, so as to avoid misunderstandings. Very few people would shoot a cop over a speeding ticket, but if they somehow got the impression that they were being pulled over for say... The unregistered handgun in their glovebox, things could turn out much worse for both cop and criminal than a fine for speeding. So you can probably see how it's in the best interest of the police to avoid misunderstandings. Of course, it also serves the purpose of entrapping you into either admitting guilt by answering yes, or giving them a reason to see you as a "Suspicious character" by saying no.
  • It is a "test" question ... much can be learned from your response to it.
  • They want to see if meow paying attention.
  • "REVENUE ENHANCEMENT"
  • So they can assess what to do next depending on the answer you give them.
  • They want a confession!! Don't give it to them.
  • The officer knows the answer. he just wants to determine the drivers physical co-ordination condition. This is a sure, quick determining factor, especially if a person is intoxicated. the drivers answers will make that determination, slurred speech, smell of alcohol on his breath, etc. There is a reason why the police do this.
  • this question reminded me of this - 1:50 to 2:02. :-D maybe they ask to see if you are going to be/honest/crazy or otherwise lol
  • Because they don't actually know themselves?
  • Because they are fishing and hope to catch you in something they can use against you
  • Foreplay for the intimacy of bending you over and going all the way with a big fat ticket.
  • Personally, I always tell them why I pulled them over, it's the way I was trained. Of course you get those people who will argue that they were not speeding or did not run the stop sign or swear that the light was yellow. If you are honest, it goes a long way with me. I know exactly what you were doing and how you were going about it because I was watching you and in most cases I have the RADAR readout to prove it. I wouldn't pull you over unless I knew that I was right. Don't offer excuses, just say yes, that is what I was doing, and I apologize. I had a gentleman the other night who told me he was on the way to a doctor's appointment, at one o'clock in the morning, after I let him go, he was on his way to his doctor's appointment with a citation in hand.
  • t osee if u will admit guilt I NEVER ANSWER i just shake my head no. and i fight all my tickets ive had two and 1 was reduced and the other thrown out
  • Damned good question! I suspect because they want to know what you are doing illegally that they DIDN'T know about! (And perhaps you are too stoned not to blurt out.)
  • To get an acknowledgment of guilt.
  • Because if the person's wasted enough to not know, then they already know that you're drunk
  • so you will confess to things he has not caught.
  • Sometimes the cops are too drunk to understand it by themself..
  • Because they want you to think you are stupid so they look smart.
  • Probably to save themselves the trouble of telling you <smile>. Someone also suggested it was a test question to evoke a confession. However, they really don't need a confession. By the time they choose to pull you over, they have all the evidence they need to write the ticket. But be assured that whatever you say will go in their notes, so the best answer might be, "I'm not certain sir, but I am sure you have a good reason."
  • So you can write your own ticket.
  • because alot of people will say something like because I was going six over the speed limit and just like that you admitted guilt not only to the police officer but to the microphone he is wearing that transmits what he hears back to camera in the car.
  • Maybe you'll tell them something they don't know. I got pulled over for not signalling once, and when the cop asked me that I answered "Because my brake lights don't work?"
  • To see if you are coherent (sober) and to acknowledge your guilt. I have been pulled over and haven't been asked. The radar proved my guilt.
  • &quot;I honestly have no idea"

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