Did You Know Why Cops Touch Your Car’s Tail Light After They Pull You Over?

  • 11:21 pm May 20, 2018
  • mariam

When you're driving your vehicle and you feel nervous when you get pulled over cops, you’re not alone. No matter how clean you are, the way they stare at you like you did a big crime. Even though you may not have done anything wrong, you feel guilty about something. When they start inspecting your vehicle is something that scares the pant off. The anxiety may get worse if you spot the policeman walking toward you in the review mirror. It seems like just a little tap, but when an officer touches a taillight, it has more meaning than most people realize.

It is like a Ritual

Before the invention of dash cams, policemen were super secretive with their tactics.

Touching the taillight actually goes back to the good old days of policing the highways. Don't worry they were not dong anything illegal.


It's not at all uncommon for people who try and hide their illicit drugs or guns right after they are pulled over by a cop.

Tapping the taillight has the benefit of alarming these criminals before they can finish hiding their stash of ill-gotten goods.

Cops Tactics

Here we have one more reason why a policeman touches the rear lights. This leaves behind evidence, and lots of it!

Cameras were not always as inexpensive as they are now. Touching the taillights means that officers had a forensic backup

Cops Safety

Cops leave their mark as a safety precaution.

If the officer is attacked or disappears, then his fingerprints could be used as proof that the car was somehow involved.

This is just a custom of old age

Now the days most cops have equipped with cameras, so it's not compulsory to leave fingerprints all over the place. Plus, car washes have become very famous as dashboard cameras! It is a just superstitious ritual that helps them feel safe.

Some Police Departments are against

Some Police departments are against this outdated ritual. At night, a taillight touch could "give away" a policeman's position and make him an easy target, for any of the users are carrying a loaded weapon.

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