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Do police respect Tesla's more?

I am just wondering do police give Tesla drivers more breaks if they get pulled over? I used to drive an bright orange BMW M3 Lime Rock Edition and I didn't really enjoy driving it all the time because it got attention mainly for being bright orange. If I got pulled over, there was no sympathy from the police and I just had to accept the ticket.

But once I started driving a Tesla Model 3, I have never been given a speeding ticket since driving it for 3-4 years. The first day I owned it, I accelerated a bunch of times and did get pulled over. Probably just because I was accelerating a lot but maybe the police didn't catch me speeding so he just let me go. Or maybe he saw this was a Tesla and not a bright orange BMW M3 and thinks Teslas are law abiding cars that don't do illegal street races like a BMW M3 would.

I got pulled over another time because I drove through an empty college campus at night after taking a wrong freeway exit. I guess I may have ran a stop sign, but I couldn't see it because it was super dark and no cars. But a cop did pull me over, he just wanted to check I wasn't drunk, he did his test, and couldn't find any sign of being intoxicated because I had no alcohol. If that cop was an asshole he may have written me a ticket for running a stop sign, but I truly didn't see it and it was so dark, I think the cop knew that, and because I drove a Tesla the cop was like, ohh Tesla just a normal car and not a sports car. I got no ticket on that time either.

But the nice thing is that Tesla can have insane acceleration like a sports car. I believe it's more fun to drive than the M3 I used to have before. And I like it because it looks like a normal car so you can have a thrilling car without the cops falsely assuming you will be driving reckless. I am wondering when the Tesla Roadster comes out, will cops not think much about it? Because the Roadster doesn't look as aggressive as a Lamborghini even though it will likely accelerate faster, so maybe cops won't think much about it.

Also like there are kids in my neighborhood riding electric dirt bikes that go 50mph! But because they are electric and silent, it's a little harder to get mad at them because it's not like a gas dirt bike that will make tons of noise and be super obvious. And a kid told me cops notice them but don't know how to deal with them, so a kid with no drivers license gets away with riding these things. A gas dirt bike going 50 mph will seem very menacing, an electric dirt bike you just get confused but know its going fast. So I think this same idea applies for Teslas because they are quiet cars.

Not saying you should speed or drive wrecklessly. But if you're gonna have a little fun, I feel you will have a better chance being let off with a warning being in a Tesla instead of a BMW M3 or Mercedes AMG. I think it's kind of good Tesla are not car meet type of cars because they are less associated as being trouble makers thus the police will just give tickets to the BMWs and Mercedes and leave the Teslas alone.
 
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Soul Surfer

Cansurvivor, tech geek & musician
I am just wondering do police give Tesla drivers more breaks if they get pulled over? I used to drive an bright orange BMW M3 Lime Rock Edition and I didn't really enjoy driving it all the time because it got attention mainly for being bright orange. If I got pulled over, there was no sympathy from the police and I just had to accept the ticket.

But once I started driving a Tesla Model 3, I have never been given a speeding ticket since driving it for 3-4 years. The first day I owned it, I accelerated a bunch of times and did get pulled over. Probably just because I was accelerating a lot but maybe the police didn't catch me speeding so he just let me go. Or maybe he saw this was a Tesla and not a bright orange BMW M3 and thinks Teslas are law abiding cars that don't do illegal street races like a BMW M3 would.

I got pulled over another time because I drove through an empty college campus at night after taking a wrong freeway exit. I guess I may have ran a stop sign, but I couldn't see it because it was super dark and no cars. But a cop did pull me over, he just wanted to check I wasn't drunk, he did his test, and couldn't find any sign of being intoxicated because I had no alcohol. If that cop was an asshole he may have written me a ticket for running a stop sign, but I truly didn't see it and it was so dark, I think the cop knew that, and because I drove a Tesla the cop was like, ohh Tesla just a normal car and not a sports car. I got no ticket on that time either.

But the nice thing is that Tesla can have insane acceleration like a sports car. I believe it's more fun to drive than the M3 I used to have before. And I like it because it looks like a normal car so you can have a thrilling car without the cops falsely assuming you will be driving reckless. I am wondering when the Tesla Roadster comes out, will cops not think much about it? Because the Roadster doesn't look as aggressive as a Lamborghini even though it will likely accelerate faster, so maybe cops won't think much about it.

Also like there are kids in my neighborhood riding electric dirt bikes that go 50mph! But because they are electric and silent, it's a little harder to get mad at them because it's not like a gas dirt bike that will make tons of noise and be super obvious. And a kid told me cops notice them but don't know how to deal with them, so a kid with no drivers license gets away with riding these things. A gas dirt bike going 50 mph will seem very menacing, an electric dirt bike you just get confused but know its going fast. So I think this same idea applies for Teslas because they are quiet cars.

Not saying you should speed or drive wrecklessly. But if you're gonna have a little fun, I feel you will have a better chance being let off with a warning being in a Tesla instead of a BMW M3 or Mercedes AMG. I think it's kind of good Tesla are not car meet type of cars because they are less associated as being trouble makers thus the police will just give tickets to the BMWs and Mercedes and leave the Teslas alone.
Your story reminds me of my "Arrest-Me-Yellow", Corvette (model: Optional with the "High Maintenance" Package), LOL

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