Words have consequences and nowhere are words and tone more apparent than to truck drivers every day when they are pulled over for a traffic stop or for an inspection. How you respond to law enforcement can have a lot to do with the outcome of your interaction with law enforcement.
Every week my office speaks with hundreds of drivers who have had the opportunity to interact with law enforcement. Sometimes the interaction is good and sometimes it is bad. One thing I can say for certain is that when the interaction is bad, and by that I mean the driver has offended the officer by his words or deeds, the chances for a good outcome is severely reduced. Sometimes a driver’s actions during the stop are so bad that the innocent driver gets punished for his bad actions.
I do agree that both the driver and the officer can be in a bad mood. That mood can be caused from a recent unpleasant conversation with a spouse, boss, or someone who just supports a different team than you do. The cause doesn’t matter; the only thing that does matter is that you are doing everything possible to protect your CDL and CSA scores.
Let's all start off 2014 right and try to be nice.