Being pulled over by the cops is always scary. Even if you have never done anything wrong in your life, you will still second guess yourself when you’re pulled over. During that minute — right when you park and before the cop comes to your window — your mind will ask 100 questions.
You see, a cop will touch your tail light to leave fingerprints on it. This is so they ensure that if anything happens, they will have proof that your car was pulled over. The fingerprints will prove they did.
Cops are exposed to significant danger on the road. Look, you and I could pee our pants when we are pulled over, even if we did nothing wrong. However, there are people who do bad things and a cop pulling them over would mean a risk of getting caught so dashing would be a better idea for them.
This practice is not something that was invented last week. This mode of doing things has been done for decades. It seems to work pretty well, plus it doesn’t take much for the cop to touch the tail light to leave fingerprints.
There were times when this tactic placed cops “in a risky situation.” Reason being that when they do touch the taillight, the cops are more “susceptible to attack.” The driver desperate to escape can easily drive off or run over the cop.
With clear footage on a video, cops have a much easier time identifying the vehicle and the driver, if they happen to make a cameo. Moral of the story: Don’t drive away. It’s much easier to get caught these days.