Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Ever Wondered Why Cops Touch Your Tail Light When They Pull You Over?

Have you ever wondered why cops touch your car's tail light after they pull you over? It seems to be one of the many things they do that everyone hates after being stopped. The other thing is, of course, how they take their sweet time in giving you the ticket, almost like they don't really care that they're wasting your time. But usually when they perform routine actions like touching our tail light, it can make us feel nervous as hell, even when we know we have nothing to worry about. But there's a reason behind why they do the things they do.

There's a reason for the infamous tail light tapping that has plenty of history behind it.

The act of touching a tail light goes back to the humble beginnings when cops started patrolling the streets and highways.

This ritual was a super sneaky tactics used before the invention of dash cams.

Cops were doing it in the hopes of catching a driver or passenger off guard. After all, it's not uncommon for people to try and hide guns or drugs right after they've been pulled over.

So it started out with the whole tail light tapping being intended to startle criminals.

This would prevent them from hiding their stash just long enough for the officer who stopped their vehicle to find the contraband and confiscate it.

So it started out with the whole tail light tapping being intended to startle criminals.

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There's another interesting reason behind light tapping that will blow your mind.

The reason they touch your tail lights is to leave lots of evidence behind, particularly, that they've been there, in case you're crooked as hell and incapacitate the cop and foolishly try to get away with murder.

There's another interesting reason behind light tapping that will blow your mind.

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The most obvious advantage here is that he or she will leave their fingerprints behind.

So when they do find the vehicle of the owner responsible for attacking or killing an officer, they'll be able to match it and the owner to those responsible for the incident.

The most obvious advantage here is that he or she will leave their fingerprints behind.

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