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(Puget Sound Blogs)   Remember back in the good ol' days when Highway Patrol would give lawmakers small plastic sleeves for their driver's license with the word "legislator" stamped on it in case they ever got pulled over?   (pugetsoundblogs.com ) divider line
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2013-04-24 10:02:57 AM  
I got a card that had "get out of jail free" on it from a cop once.  I couldn't tell if it was a joke or not, and ran my wallet through the washing machine before I could ever use it.
Are those a thing?
 
2013-04-24 10:08:17 AM  
What kind of asshole would display something that allowed them to bypass laws everyone else is expected to observe?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-04-24 10:10:58 AM  
Still that way in arkansas.  Can't be stopped while they are session.
 
2013-04-24 10:15:45 AM  
Florida?
 
2013-04-24 10:16:46 AM  
On a positive note, it at least prevented them from saying "Do you know who I am?"
 
2013-04-24 10:20:31 AM  
Reminds me of Pennsylvania's FOP vehicle symbols- oval for associate members and circle for police officers. Makes it easy for cops who gets "professional courtesy".
 
2013-04-24 10:21:22 AM  
Why good morning officer.  Apparently you don't know who I am.
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2013-04-24 10:22:55 AM  
I met the Sheriff of Pierce County Washington once and he showed me that he had two wallets, one for his badge and one that had his driver license in it in case he got pulled over when off duty. I thought that was pretty cool but he's also pretty recognizable so I doubt he gets many tickets.
 
2013-04-24 10:32:47 AM  
It was my understanding that in Chicago drivers would clip a $50 onto their drivers license. If questioned about it, it was easy to say that was where you kept your money. Of course cops took the $50 and issued a warning...
Don't know if true, but seems true.
 
2013-04-24 10:32:52 AM  
Friedrich asked Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, if she and other lawmakers had "LEGISLATOR" written on her driver's license.
"I can't even imagine anything so awful," she responded. "Not true."


How is somebody with such delicate sensibilities and a severe lack of imagination a leader of Americans?
 
2013-04-24 10:33:13 AM  
cdn2.joshuakennon.com

Now the lobbyists provide the legislature with the new plastic equivalent for wrapping the driver's license.
 
2013-04-24 10:33:19 AM  
well, what I'm about to tell you is by no means a secret or a get out of jail free card, but it might decrease the chances that you're shot in the face when a cop pulls you over.  but, more importantly, it shows the officer that you probably have friends or family as LEOs, so it might make him a little more relaxed.  a relaxed cop is a much nicer cop.

pull over in a well lit place.  stop your car, turn on your dome light, take the keys out of the car and put them on the dashboard.  keep your hands on the steering wheel until asked to get something.

/ i know it sounds like learning how to be a better biatch. but, fark it, them's the brakes.
 
2013-04-24 10:34:49 AM  

Sybarite: What kind of asshole would display something that allowed them to bypass laws everyone else is expected to observe?

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2013-04-24 10:39:47 AM  
I used to know a guy who was ex-CIA and as a result, still had some kind of CIA credentials and he said he'd always carry a type of wallet that made this CIA card visible at the same time as his driver's license and it was a total free pass.
 
2013-04-24 10:41:29 AM  
Back in the late 70's / early 80's my mother used to get pulled over at least once a week for speeding. Never once did I see an officer issue her a ticket or even a written warning of any kind. In general the process was to inform her of how fast she was going (usually 10-20 over) then apologize profusely for any inconvenience related to the stop and wish her a good day.  Apparently there were some perks that came with being married to the elected head of law enforcement in the county.

/understatement
//that wasn't the only one
 
2013-04-24 10:43:14 AM  
Friedrich asked Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, if she and other lawmakers had "LEGISLATOR" written on her driver's license.

"I can't even imagine anything so awful," she responded. "Not true."


Nobody tell this lady about Santa.
 
2013-04-24 10:46:53 AM  
I had a Get Out of Jail Free card for New Orleans.  It was a police captain's business card (his wife was a client) with the words "please extend all courtesies" handwritten on the back.

Never used it . . . don't know how well it would have worked.
 
2013-04-24 10:47:05 AM  

Radak: I used to know a guy who was ex-CIA and as a result, still had some kind of CIA credentials and he said he'd always carry a type of wallet that made this CIA card visible at the same time as his driver's license and it was a total free pass.


So you knew a guy who designed his own fake credentials, is what you're saying.
 
2013-04-24 10:50:05 AM  
Corruption stinks

/if I'm not benefiting
//and I'm not
 
2013-04-24 10:53:09 AM  
CSB/

Seven or more years ago, I lived in Green Bay and my then girlfriend, now wife, was going to graduate school in Minneapolis. I decided to propose to her and bought a ring and left on a snowy Friday evening. Considering what I was doing, and about to get into, I was understandably nervous. So nervous in fact that I took the wrong exit in Wausau and drove about 45 minutes in the wrong direction. Finally realizing my mistake, I did a U-turn and got back to Wausau and headed West again. To make up for lost time I started speeding. About 30 mins later I looked in the rear view mirror and saw the flashing red and blue. When the officer got to my car she asked me, "Do you know how fast you were going?" I immediately said, "I think about 95." She said "well, I clocked you at 92. Is there any reason you're going so fast?"  "Yeah! I'm on my way to propose to my girlfriend and I'm late. Here, look at the ring!" I pulled it out of the glove compartment and she got this look on her face and just goes "Ohhhh, that is soooo sweet! One minute, I'll be right back." She comes back after 5 or 10 minutes (seemed like an hour) and says "You have a clean record, lets keep it that way. I want you to get there in one piece. Don't ever speed in my county again." I thanked her profusely and pulled out and locked my car at 65mph until I got to the cities.

/CSB
 
2013-04-24 10:53:28 AM  
In Massachusetts, legislators have special license plates.  Serves the same purpose.
 
2013-04-24 10:53:45 AM  

BSABSVR: So you knew a guy who designed his own fake credentials, is what you're saying.


Considering that would probably be a pretty serious felony, that wouldn't be a wise thing to try to pull off.  But no, in this case, I do know for a fact that he was legit.
 
2013-04-24 10:55:19 AM  
Just as every cop is a criminal
and all the sinners saints

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.

And now bills were passed, not only for national objects but for individual cases, and laws were most numerous when the commonwealth was most corrupt.

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
 
2013-04-24 10:59:00 AM  
US Constitution, Article 1, section 6:

They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.
 
2013-04-24 11:00:34 AM  
on the flip side of this concept, I knew a corrupt cop who was trying to pull people over to extort money but the guy being pulled over's sibling was a significant DA, and the cop got fired. So I suppose sometimes being a not well known individual with powerful ties can bring justice.
 
2013-04-24 11:01:44 AM  

mrmyxolodian: It was my understanding that in Chicago drivers would clip a $50 onto their drivers license. If questioned about it, it was easy to say that was where you kept your money. Of course cops took the $50 and issued a warning...
Don't know if true, but seems true.


I did this when I was stationed in the Philippines. Your license was in a little green wallet. On one side was the identification part and on the other side was the receipt for your renewals. Both of them were under clear plastic so you didn't have to pull anything out. I always kept a 100 peso bill on the side with the renewal and only once was I asked why I kept money there. I said it was my emergency gas money and the cop said I was very wise to keep a little money aside and set me on my way.

Then I would drive on for a little while until I could pull over and replace the bill.
 
2013-04-24 11:04:02 AM  
In Florida, they get a license plate for one of their vehicles that has something like that written on it.
 
2013-04-24 11:04:09 AM  

lilbjorn: In Massachusetts, legislators have special license plates.  Serves the same purpose.


Same thing in Missouri. I heard a story from my state rep who was heading home after some event pretty late at night on a weekend. One veteran trooper was riding shotgun next to some rookie, out looking for drunk drivers, and apparently the state rep tagged the white line going around a curve. The rookie, not recognizing the plate, flips on the lightbar and pulls him over. The vet is sitting next to him, saying "WHAT THE FARK DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING!?" but the state rep pulls over, anyway. The rookie apparently got quite the ass-chewing, because he walked up to the state rep, said something like "Have you noticed any drunk drivers out tonight, sir?" and then turned around and left without even waiting for an answer.

State rep later heard the story from the veteran trooper, who was laughing at the rookie.
 
2013-04-24 11:12:06 AM  

staplermofo: I got a card that had "get out of jail free" on it from a cop once.  I couldn't tell if it was a joke or not, and ran my wallet through the washing machine before I could ever use it.
Are those a thing?


To an extent. I have one as my cousin is a cop. It has gotten me out of a speeding ticket, gotten my 15mph over the speed limit written up as 5mph over, and made the cops more civil. It did not make my Dui go away. Ymmv.
 
2013-04-24 11:20:26 AM  
I once worked with a guy who was the mayor of a small town in southern NJ. He had a little gold badge in his wallet to show to the cops if he got pulled over, and actually told me that state law said that he could not be ticketed while in office, because he might be on official business.

I was never sure whether he was full of crap; after all, he was a politician.

I also once got a PBA card from a cop who I helped out while be was taking a computer class in college. That DID save me a ticket later on.

/CSB times two.
 
2013-04-24 11:22:18 AM  
Savvy Americans that visit Tijuana a lot carry a Sindicatura business card visible in their wallet next to their ID.

Essentially, the Sindicatura is the TJ equivalent of Internal Affairs. When the TJ police stop you looking for a bribe, they see that and realize that it might not be worth the hassle.

/Gringos with their stories of police corruption in the USA are so cute.
 
2013-04-24 11:51:16 AM  
Ever wonder why you used to see KA4993 on license plate frames in CA?

That was a perk/spiff from the Police protective organizations to their big donors.  Used to get your minor infractions ignored.  Was the callsign of statewide radio dispatch.
 
2013-04-24 11:51:49 AM  
I just can't believe our elected officials would ever use there positions for personal gain. (snicker)
 
2013-04-24 12:25:33 PM  

mrmyxolodian: It was my understanding that in Chicago drivers would clip a $50 onto their drivers license. If questioned about it, it was easy to say that was where you kept your money. Of course cops took the $50 and issued a warning...
Don't know if true, but seems true.


Family friend claims that the cops started getting in trouble for such things, so they stopped doing that.  He did, however, once buy a $50 pencil from a cop who pulled him over.  And then let him go with a warning.
 
2013-04-24 02:01:58 PM  

meanmutton: US Constitution, Article 1, section 6:

They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.


meanmutton wins the thread. It is pretty much illegal at the federal level and most if not all states, to detain a legislator while the legislature is in session. Bottom line is that it keeps the executive branch from messing with the legislative branch, which used to be a significant problem.
 
2013-04-24 02:05:05 PM  
I should add that although legislators are immune from arrest, they can still be censured by the legislature. In olden times it could have been a career destroying humiliation to be censured. They might also be roughed up, to some extent, by the sgt at arms.
 
2013-04-24 02:06:45 PM  
My Dad is buddies with a bunch of cops and lives near one of the country's most aggressive revenue generators -- I mean, speed traps. Anyway, about once every two or three weeks he gets a call to let him know this trap's secret password. Say the password, go about your business.

It's always a species of fish.
 
2013-04-24 05:10:57 PM  

lilbjorn: In Massachusetts, legislators have special license plates.  Serves the same purpose.


Maryland has the same kind of plates. Has the state seal on it and a 3 diget number.
 
2013-04-25 12:13:31 PM  

Sybarite: What kind of asshole would display something that allowed them to bypass laws everyone else is expected to observe?

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being a jersey resident i see these a lot.
 
2013-04-25 02:07:34 PM  

rightylefty: Sybarite: What kind of asshole would display something that allowed them to bypass laws everyone else is expected to observe?

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