Retired NYPD officer Jerry Kane, 53, told ABC News
that if you're pulled over, it behooves you to put yourself in the officer's shoes.
"Cops get killed in car stops," Kane said, advising stopped motorists that the most important thing they can do is to make sure that their hands, as well as their passengers' hands, are in plain view.
"The most dangerous thing to the cop when he comes up to the car are the hands of someone, because they could hold a weapon," Kane said.
It is crucial that the officer does not feel that he could be in danger.
"If he can see everybody's hands, immediately his blood pressure goes down, his pulse gets a bit slower," Kane added. "If it's nighttime, turn on the interior lights in your car. If it's night or day, lower all the windows on your car."
And most importantly, "put your hands up on the steering wheel-- high, where the cop can see them," Kane advised.
"If you were going to get some discretion, you now set up that possibility."
Kane added that being polite and apologetic is a definite plus, and that you don't have to confess to any wrongdoing.
"You can play dumb," he said. "You can say, 'What did I do?' And if he tells you what you did, you can say,... 'I just didn't realize it.'"
Kane candidly admitted that it doesn't hurt to be an attractive female, either.
"Since men and women were created, attractive women get more breaks," he said. This may not necessarily apply with female officers, though.
Also, save the crocodile tears unless you're female, Kane said.
What's the acceptable speed over the posted limit you can get away with? Kane says 10 miles an hour over the limit should be no problem.
"If you were my brother or cousin and you asked me, that's what I would tell you," he said.
According to FBI statistics, more officers are killed or injured during traffic stops each year than at any other time except while making arrests or when they're involved in traffic accidents. Eleven officers
were killed during traffic stops in 2011. Officers are also sometimes killed when they are struck
by passing vehicles during stops.