Former Florida State Trooper Suggests The Obvious: Don’t Pass A Cop

There are few unofficial rules of the road and one of biggest is don’t pass a police officer unless it’s necessary.

Orlando’s News 6 focused on this subject as part of their “Ask Troop Steve” segment and the former state trooper and public affairs officer for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor vehicles confirmed the obvious – you can indeed pass a police officer.

Of course, he also suggested this isn’t the wisest move. As he explained, it’s not the “brightest idea” but you should be fine as long as you’re not doing anything illegal such as speeding.

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Steve Montiero then noted why most people don’t pass cops in the first place – it draws attention to them. As he noted, there were countless times in his career that he’d be passed by a distracted driver. He says these people were basically screaming “Pull me over.”

Despite this, Montiero said he was passed plenty of times while traveling below the speed limit. The former trooper didn’t pull those drivers over, because they hadn’t done anything wrong.

In essence, it comes down to common sense. You shouldn’t go out of your way to pass a police officer but, if they’re going under the speed limit, you should be fine as long as you don’t speed either. That being said, passing a police officer will likely cause them to pay attention to you, so you’d better abide by the law and make sure your vehicle is in proper working condition.


  • carlbolt

    the cop is the largest mafia of the country.

    • Six_Tymes

      tin foil hat needed

    • Carl Sloan

      Most stoners have that attitude.

  • Pavel B.

    When I visited Florida I was taken aback by how many drivers are on their phones going 70+ mph. What the heck kind of enforcement they got going on over there?

    • Hitchens2

      Assuming you’re talking about freeway speed, 70 mph is nothing. Maybe you’d be more suited to a horse drawn carriage

      • Pavel B.

        I’m not simply referring to the speed on the freeway that they are driving . The point is I have seen plenty of people physically holding their phones while driving at freeway speeds. I don’t care if you are going 10 mph. GTFO your phone.

  • дапвт

    I had a state cop as my Criminal Justice professor in college and he said if you don’t pass a cop (without speeding), you are putting even more attention to yourself. Moral is, pass as long as you are doing a speed limit. But don’t sit behind him or on his side just because you are too afraid to pass.

    • Jay

      Exactly, they dislike the bubble that’s created around them that are drivers afraid to pass them. As long as your going the speed limit it’s okay to pass them.

  • Six_Tymes

    makes sense, good simple advice really

    • Carl Sloan

      Stating the obvious is insulting.

  • db

    Too many chickenshits on the road these days. A police officer is as accountable as anyone else. I believe for the most part, police officers are after the morons that are doing twenty or thirty mph over the limit, not the person that is “keeping up with traffic”.

    • Carl Sloan

      Depends on where you are. You obviously don’t live in WA State. There’s no State income tax so part of how they make up for it is to farm the roads for people going 5 over.

      • Mill0048

        FL has no income tax either, but they must make up for it with tourism tax dollars, because road enforcement is almost nill. Most of the time, traffic accidents don’t even warrant an officer, usually a service aide. At least the South Florida tri-county area anyway.

      • db

        Duly noted.

  • eb110americana

    I was driving on the freeway once. As usual, people were too afraid to pass the police car, despite the 4 lanes of traffic in our direction. I generally do the same, but after 5 minutes or so of driving 10 under the speed limit, I decided to make a go of it. The officer did not have flashing lights going, or any sign that there was some sort of emergency or traffic break. As I am slowly passing the car, the officer riding shotgun looks over at me turns the spotlight directly into my face. It was so blinding that I fell back behind their car to avoid it. To this day, I have no idea what they were trying to do.

    Basically, don’t pass cops, lest they believe you think you’re better than they are. One thing that will quickly give them an ego-boost: giving you a ticket.

    • Carl Sloan

      Don’t ever be afraid to fight a ticket or file a complaint for wrongdoing (bring a witness though). They answer to the judge or jury. Blinding you with a spotlight while you’re driving isn’t cool. It’s dangerous.

      • TRB0T0Y

        Ah… I beg to differ. Fighting a ticket can open the door for an unscrupulous judge to take more money.
        I fought a ticket once in the most corrupt, pretentious area of Pittsburgh. Long ago I was a fool, driving on a suspended license. A Mt Lebanon cop pulled me over, gave a ticket for $250. I requested a trial seeking a slight sliver of mercy, but no, I bore witness to infuriating corruption.
        The judge was a scheming crook, who told me I was a menace, and he was ‘going to assess a $1,000 fine.’ My blood was boiling, I was emotional, and 6 cops surrounded me as I left. Like a pack of vultures they lurked around me, hoping I would ‘give them a reason.’
        I appealed the decision, and go down to the city courthouse for an appeal. The judge asks what do I really think he can do about this? I was remorseful and said the $1,000 fine is an immense hardship. He says… ‘$1,000? The maximum fine for this violation in $250! I’ll reduce it to 250.’ I joyously accepted the ruling.
        But did the crooked Mt Lebanon judge face anything? Of course not. He illegally tried to quadruple my fine and get a nice fat check addressed to his municipality. Outrageous.

        • Carl Sloan

          That’s just a single case. I’ve fought tickets at least twice on my own and another time using an attorney and won every time.

          • TRB0T0Y

            I’ve won a dozen cases by wearing the right clothes and using the proper tone. My reply was in response to Mr. Sloan’s assertion that you should ‘never be afraid to appeal a ticket.’ Sometimes you need to consider the judge and the system in which you’re trying to fight your case.

    • S3XY

      I pass cops all the time. They are no different than if you view them as just another vehicle driving. Especially if they aren’t going the speed limit.

      • db

        The problem is when the law officers are doing the speed limit but really, who does the “just” the speed limit these days? You have to be going at least ten over or you will be runover by the rest of the traffic.

  • DUH.

  • Chris Taylor

    I never hesitate to pass a PD if he is not doing the speed limit. I have done it countless times and have never been pulled over for doing so. To me it’s more suspicious if you are afraid to pass an officer that is going 10 miles below the speed limit. Why would you not?

  • Callanish

    Cop fear just causes more accidents. People focus way too much on the cop car rather than anything else around them.

    • brn

      That’s why I choose not to be afraid of them.

  • Carl Sloan

    Refusing to pass a cop who’s going under the speed limit will draw suspicion too, so there’s that. What a dumb article.

    “…passing a police officer will likely cause them to pay attention to you, so you’d better abide by the law and make sure your vehicle is in proper working condition.”

    The author must think we’re idiots.

  • S3XY

    I take off on cops at red lights up to the speed limit. Never been pulled over

    • Mr. EP9

      No you don’t. Stop lying.

      • Simply Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        How do you know he’s lying? I don’t get it!

    • brn

      Unnecessary acceleration is illegal in most jurisdictions.

      • willhaven

        If you accidentally peel tires, you can get pulled over for reckless driving lol


      And then you wake up.

  • joeybuttafucco

    I wonder if trooper Steve obeys speed limit when he’s heading home or off duty. Bow to your sensei!

  • Craig

    Generally speaking.. I’m not a fan of the police. [thought I’d just get that off my chest]

    • db

      Until you sit down with a guy (gal) who you know well who has become a police officer, you really have little understanding what these folks deal with on a day in and day out basis. We really should be cutting them more slack. Granted there is the odd idiot among the ranks, as with any other place of employment.

      • Craig

        THREE of my relatives are police officers. I know them well.

        • db

          Okay, I guess my point is dead in the water. I take it back.


    Gangs in uniforms

  • ChrisInIL

    This site finds yet another way to draw people in to boost ad impressions.

    Articles about cops!

  • brn

    No cop is going to pull you over for doing the speed limit or 5 over the speed limit. It’s not worth the trouble for something that would get thrown out in traffic court. They have better things to do.

  • rodriguez256

    Many drivers around me get scared and slow down once they see a cop even if they were going the speed limit. I’ll usually pass them going just about five over the limit. I’ve never been pulled over doing that. Figured they wouldn’t want go through the hassle for only five over. So far so good. I’ll report back in a few years lol

  • disqus_CRkG23jjbo

    pass them slowly and when you are far enough, pick up the pace. most of the ones that i pass are most of the time out of their jurisdiction. the better idea would be to raise the speed limit.

    • brn

      While cops are less likely to bother with you when they’re out of their jurisdiction, their authority to enforce speed limits goes right to the State border.

  • TRB0T0Y

    How nice everyone here has you to rely on and claim everyone else gets it but me.
    Im just saying you ought to consider who you’re dealing with, and what is the maximum penalty possible. Judges can increase your penalties if they fell like. I am sure there are numerous instances of this, though I can only speak from my own experience.
    I am not anal, just chiming in that the blanket statement of fighting every ticket has some holes in it.

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