Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Flashing blue lights in my rear view mirror!
Just this morning, as I was pulling into a clinic, I spotted bright blue flashing lights in my rear view mirror. For the first time in my life (and I’ve been driving since the early 1940s!), I had no objection to the traffic stop. Here’s why:
I am currently writing a new ebook, What to Say When a Cop Pulls You Over. However, I had not been pulled over for several years, I therefore wished to see if my advice was still up to date.
As many of you readers know, for the maximum in privacy I suggest:
1. Use WA license plates (except in California).
2. Carry a driver’s license from another state
that you claim as your legal domicile.
3. Title your vehicle in a New Mexico LLC.
4. List an address in Spain’s Canary Islands
for the LLC.
When stopped, I lowered the window, put my hands on the steering wheel in the ten-to-two position, and greeted the WA State trooper with a smile. When asked for my driver’s license, registration and insurance, I explained that they were in the glove box. He nodded permission and I got them out.
Trooper: “This is the first time I have ever seen a car
with an address in Spain!”
JJL: “Oh, there are quite a few on the road.”
(Namely, all mine, plus many of my clients.)
Trooper: “Who owns the company?”
JJL: “I do.”
Trooper: “Do you live in (the faraway state shown
on my DL)?
JJL: “I travel back and forth, and also to the
Canary Islands.” (My license plate holders
read “Arrecife de Lanzarote, Canary islands.)
There were no more questions. He wrote me a ticket for not having my seat belt fastened, and was on his way.
True, the four steps I take to remain private are overkill for most of you readers, but #3 on the above list is a step that every last one of you should take. What better time to order a New Mexico LLC than right now? Pick up a ghost address to go with it!