Getting pulled over sucks. Maybe you didn't even realize you were joyriding with such excessive, er, joy, but the second you see those ominous lights in the rearview, you know there's a strong chance you'll be handed a ticket.
Or, maybe not? Law enforcement is not to be taken lightly, but for minor speeding (typically less than 20mph over), an officer will use his discretion as to whether to issue a citation or let you go with a warning. To sway the odds in your favor, there are certain things you should do when you're pulled over, and certain things you should never, ever do.
I got in touch with a few seasoned policemen: RJ Beam, an officer-slash-author with plenty of experience as the man in your mirror, and Matt Episcopo, a captain from NY with a couple decades of experience not just dealing with speeders, but training his fellow officers on how to interact with them. Bottom line, these guys know their stuff. Follow this handy guide to get on a traffic cop's good side, and the wallet you save might just be your own.