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!

1 comment:

  1. You forgot another important rule: Never do anything that's sure to get you pulled over, like speeding or driving without a seat belt !!


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