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A motorcycle cop turned on the flashing lights and started weaving back and forth between cars on the highway. The passes kept getting wider, gradually prompting everyone to clear out of all 4 lanes and hang back about 1/4 mile behind him. Then he continued these sweeping 'S' maneuvers across the lanes for miles. By the time I had to exit, prevailing speed had dropped from 75 to 40. What was he doing, and why?
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Feb 5, 2007 - 24 answers

Best (safest) etiquette for motorcycle traffic stops

What's the proper etiquette for being pulled over while on a motorcycle? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs on Jan 3, 2007 - 14 answers

Hi! We're blocking all traffic for this one guy!

Why do the motorcycle cops leading up a motorcade wave (both hands) when they go around a corner? What are they signaling? [more inside]
posted by clgregor on Sep 26, 2006 - 8 answers

Why motorcycle cops?

I was riding to work this morning and pulled up next to a motorcycle cop at a light. That got me thinking about watching CHiPS as a kid, poppin' wheelies, and sitting in the hot Texas sun with your radar gun and no air conditioning. At the end of my reverie, I was left wondering: Why do we have cops on motorcycles? What function do they serve that car-bound officers can't? When the city council gets together to make a budget, what justifications are offered for keeping them around? [more inside]
posted by abingham on Jun 6, 2005 - 23 answers

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