To keep you safe and alive.
On September 14th, a man posing as a police officer pulled over a woman on Robert C Byrd Drive in Beckley, West Virginia, detained the woman in the back of his car and sexually assaulted her. He was later arrested by Raleigh County sheriff's deputies.
This happens far too often, and since surprisingly most of my readership is women I thought I'd write down some helpful hints. If you don't already practice these, I strongly recommend you start as soon as possible, like immediately.
1) If you are driving alone at night and a vehicle that seems to be a police car tries to pull you over and the area where you are is un-lit or deserted, only pull over where there are people around and it is well lighted. Shopping malls, gas stations and convenience stores for example. If there are no places like that where you are, continue to drive at the speed limit until you find a place mentioned above. Better yet, if you know where the police station is located, drive directly there. But above all else, MAKE SURE that there's plenty of witnesses. Any good cop will understand your actions when explained.
2) "Undercover" police officers DO NOT pull people over for traffic violations. If they are going to be pulling you over for something, there WILL be plenty of other cops IN UNIFORM with MARKED police cars there too. If the "Officer" shows you a badge, ask for an ID card. If he won't show a government-issued ID card, he's NOT a cop.
3) Keep your doors locked and only roll down your window enough to allow the passage of your driver's license and vehicle registration.
4) If you still feel unsafe, asked the officer to have his supervisor report to the scene. He has do do that. If you are carrying a cell phone, call 911 and tell them your fears, making sure to let them know precisely where you're at, if you don't know, describe what you see and any landmarks.
Like I said before, any good cop will understand your actions when explained and you shouldn't be cited for not immediately stopping, if it's a real cop.
Hope this helps.
Copyright 2005 Thomas J Wolfenden