Driving Miss Crazy
December 10, 2010 7:06 PM Subscribe
When you're stopped for a traffic violation, how much of your driving record do the police see on their computer?
posted by Ann Onymous to law & government (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I got a ticket this afternoon for an unsafe lane change. After the cop asked to see my license and registration, he asked me two questions:
COP: "When was the last time you were arrested?"
ME: "I've never been arrested."
COP: "Good answer."
COP: "What's your driving record going to look like when I pull it up?"
ME: "It should be pretty clean."
When I signed for ticket, he asked if I had any questions. "Why did you ask if I'd been arrested?" I asked him.
"Honesty goes a long way with me." he replied.
With regards to the question about my record, I'm wondering if I should have answered differently. I answered truthfully--to the best of my knowledge, there's nothing on my record within the past ten years.
But my complete driving record is not spotless--I had a series of traffic tickets and a suspension, but that was over twenty years ago. For the past ten years I've been a safe and careful driver and the two times I've been stopped, the cops have let me go with warnings.
1. I did get a ticket-by-camera (failure to stop at a stop sign) about two months ago, but I'm going to traffic school for that, so would that show up on my record?
2. How much of my driving record do cops see on the computer?
3. Why did the cop ask me about my record?
4. Did the cop think I was lying about my driving record?
5. Should I have answered that question differently?