Cops and Nurses - page 10

So a lot of the nurses I have spoken with believe they have a greater chance of being given a warning, instead of a ticket, for speeding if they have their RN badge visible when they are pulled over.... Read More

  1. by   Chadmasters
    I am a current nursing student but before nursing school I was a cop for 5 years. I did not write nurses tickets for a few simple reasons. 1. I was a cop and I understood that I might get shot or in a traffic accident and that nurse that I ticketed might be on the team that saves my life. 2. In my area, an unreal amount of cops are married to nurses. I avoided taking money out of a cop's pocket unless I have no choice (driving recklessly or DUI are the only real reasons I can think of that I would ticket a cop or his family assuming they don't have an attitude). 3. Sometimes, we would have to sit at the local hospital with an inmate and I did not want to have to deal with a nurse I ticketed. 4. I was never one of those cops that sat posted up during times people are trying to get to work on time hunting people to ticket. I found it hypocritical ticketing people for speeding when they're trying to get to work on time when I did the same thing at the beginning of the shift (and I did it almost everyday lol).
  2. by   mstacy1
    I got a seatbelt ticket from a state trooper. Wasn't in scrubs but have nurse plates.
  3. by   lnd4me
    There is some truth to this. I have a friend who is a police officer, and he has said that he might let a nurse off with a warning if it was a minor violation because he wouldn't want that nurse to go in for the shift worried about a ticket and distracted from patient care because it could cause harm. However, it is up to the individual officer, it is not some sort of secret policy, and if what you are doing is something that is reckless and could hurt someone else, they will not give a free pass just because you are a nurse. I'm also married to a police officer, and he doesn't like to issue traffic citations for minor infractions in general unless what the person is doing could hurt themselves or others...he generally feels he has bigger fish to fry, and would rather get the drunk driver off the streets than the person going a little over the speed limit because he/she is running late for work. In general, it's a judgment call, and I wouldn't count on getting out of a ticket just for being a nurse.
  4. by   sallyrnrrt
    Quote from GundeRN
    So a lot of the nurses I have spoken with believe they have a greater chance of being given a warning, instead of a ticket, for speeding if they have their RN badge visible when they are pulled over. Who here has been pulled over on their way to or from work and been given a pass? Who has bee ticketed? Is there any truth to it?



    Thank you Jesus.....

    there re has been many times I was given a warning, because of recognition, ho sp. parking sticker, or stethoscope around my neck.....
  5. by   applesxoranges
    Quote from Chadmasters
    I am a current nursing student but before nursing school I was a cop for 5 years. I did not write nurses tickets for a few simple reasons. 1. I was a cop and I understood that I might get shot or in a traffic accident and that nurse that I ticketed might be on the team that saves my life. 2. In my area, an unreal amount of cops are married to nurses. I avoided taking money out of a cop's pocket unless I have no choice (driving recklessly or DUI are the only real reasons I can think of that I would ticket a cop or his family assuming they don't have an attitude). 3. Sometimes, we would have to sit at the local hospital with an inmate and I did not want to have to deal with a nurse I ticketed. 4. I was never one of those cops that sat posted up during times people are trying to get to work on time hunting people to ticket. I found it hypocritical ticketing people for speeding when they're trying to get to work on time when I did the same thing at the beginning of the shift (and I did it almost everyday lol).
    Actually, I was always nice to cops that have to sit with patients so hopefully they will be willing to help out if we have a very, very bad patient or if I ever get pulled over.


    Although leaving a FD shirt in the back works better. I have my helmet in my car under a blanket.
  6. by   sallyrnrrt
    Oh my Texas RN/RRT lis. Plates probably helps......

    i I also think as ER nurse, have been given "greater pass". As. Our closer working experiences, especially rural settings......

    Although in early 70s I remember, a city of Memphis, cop telling me, cops don't give nurses tickets.....we may need each other......
  7. by   Angela0120
    On my way home from work, plates were recently changed on my car and I couldn't get the screws off in a rush to get to work I left the old ones on. Sure enough got pulled over on my way home saw my badge on and let me go! It works 😍
  8. by   Jaclyn2130
    I've been an RN for almost 11 yrs. Got pulled over about 3 yrs into my career and was in scrubs. He ran my tags and let me go telling me to "slow down, they might need me someday."
    But I definitely do not expect a professional courtesy.
  9. by   roadkillnurse
    Most of the time, it depends on your attitude. If you have the attitude of "I'm a nurse, you should let me off with a warning," expect a ticket. If you instead are "Yes, I was speeding, I know I shouldn't" you will have a better outcome. It also depends on how fast you were going, was it just speeding, or something else. I know of one nurse that popped off to a highway patrolman and told him he better hope she's never his nurse (along with several other things.) She ended up getting called before the nursing board...wasn't pretty.

    This has not only been my experience, but I'm married to a cop also...I asked him what his guidelines are...I know some officers that ticket everyone regardless...if they pull you over for speeding, you are getting a fast driving award. But they are the exception, not the rule.

    I myself try not to push it, just because I don't want the spouse to have to justify to his bosses why I should get a break all the time, and others don't...so its just easier not to speed (ok, a little, but not much...most cops wont pull you over for 5-10 miles over the speed limit...they have better things to do.)
    Last edit by roadkillnurse on Mar 20
  10. by   SuccessInProgress
    Got a ticket on my way to work at 5:30am on a Sunday morning!! Said he didn't care where I was going. My ticket also said it was heavy traffic and pouring rain. LIES. State trooper didn't care about anything but himself! Jerk.
  11. by   CeciBean
    I got out of a ticket once when a cop pulled me over for supposedly not stopping at a stop sign (I had). Then he noticed my parking tag, asked me if I worked at that hospital, and on what floor. I told him, and he said "I'll let you off with a warning this time, ma'am, but be careful in the future." I also got through New Year's Eve roadblocks very quickly. The first time I hit one I was fairly close to home. I stopped, of course, and the officer shined his light in, saw my scrubs, and asked me if I'd just gotten off work. I said yes and he asked where. I told him, and he said, "Well, I guess you haven't had time to party yet!" and waved me on through. The next year I didn't even get stopped; the officer saw my parking tag and just waved me through. Both times I'd just gotten off my PRN 3-11 shift.
  12. by   Mustlovecats
    I got pulled over for running a yellow light that turned red as I went under it. No scrubs, no badge. Told him I was on my way to work for education (I actually was.) he told me he did not like to ticket nurses. I got off with a $25 fee for not having current proof of insurance.
  13. by   hairspray
    For LE grace purposes, my ex used to drive around w his whitecoat and 'MD' badge in the passenger seat of his Z. It's a thing w healthcare for sure.

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