When was the last time you were pulled over? It seems that every time a person is pulled over, cops do the exact same thing. It’s really annoying and it looks like they enjoy wasting your time. However, there’s a reason behind all of the things they do.
#1 The infamous tail light tapping
This tapping gesture has a lot of history behind it. The very act of touching a tail light dates back to when cops were patrolling streets and highways.
#2 Predating dash cams
The ritual of tail light was used before dash cams were invented. Cops were doing it to catch people off guard.
#3 Tap, tap, tap
A “tap on the back” would prevent criminals from stashing any contraband. This tiny distraction would give cops enough time to see if a person is reaching for a gun, or doing something unusual.
#4 But that’s only one of the reasons – this will blow your mind!
In case they pull over an actual criminal, someone who tends to hurt the officer or try to drive away, they will leave evidence that they were there.
#5 Their fingerprint stays on the tail light
When the police recover the vehicle, they will find fingerprints on the tail light which proves it’s the vehicle they were after.
#6 But is it necessary now that we have dash cams?
Basically, dash cams render the practice of tail light tapping useless. Plus, because everyone is familiar with it, criminals use this habit against officers.
#7 Tail light tapping brings danger?
The ritual helps criminals determine the exact location of the police officer (especially during night). There were several cases where officers got hurt because of it.
#8 The initial shock
When people know they’ve done something wrong, or if they’re hiding something in their car, tapping the tail light provides an initial shock and police officers can notice that the person is, well, fidgeting nervously.
#9 An obsolete practice
Cops claim that this practice brought an increase of arrest. It helped them catch drug dealers, intoxicated drivers and even people who were carrying unlicensed firearms.
#10 It’s a right of passage
Despite the fact that some have done away with that tradition, some consider this outdated practice a way of honoring officers who came before them – a right of passage.