Truck driver pulled over for honking horn takes trooper to task for speeding in video

A video posted to YouTube by a truck driver named Brian Miner captures an exchange between an Illinois State Police trooper and Miner that starts contentiously, and ends without Miner being issued a citation he was threatened with.

As the trooper opens the door to the cab, he tells Miner he’s been pulled over for unlawful use of a horn. Miner rebuffs him, saying he was honking at the trooper who he accused of being on a cell phone while speeding.

The two continue a frosty exchange to a point where the trooper tells Miner he’s going to be ticketed, and Miner tells the trooper he’s being recorded.

After the revelation, the trooper’s behavior changes dramatically, so far to the point that by the end of the traffic stop the trooper apologizes for speeding, saying he wasn’t paying attention. He didn’t write Miner a ticket, saying he didn’t want to hurt his record.

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  • Dave

    Regardless of what you’re doing on the phone, you’re still on the phone. You can pull over to use it if you’re taking your eyes off of the road or use it when you’re stopped at a light or something.

  • Michael Streiff

    Actually, Andrew, you are wrong on that one. Here in the state of Illinois, if an officer is “out of uniform”, that would be missing any part of his uniform as mandated by the state. The only officers that aren’t held to the complete “uniform” are undercover officers, and detectives, neither of which do traffic stops.

  • JenLamb35

    Seriously??? He even admitted that he wasn’t paying attention to his speed AND it was evident he was on his cell phone. You want some of your family with babies in the car out there with that????

  • cms

    It is unbelievable how the cops can talk on cell phones or even operate laptops while driving. It is unsafe for us but OK for them. Why should they be held to a different standard. They should have hands free phone or radios but under no circumstance should they be able to use the laptop while the vehicle is in motion.

  • Debbie T.

    Personally the first thing that came to my mind when I saw that mask…was the movie Maximum Overdrive based on the story by Stephen King, you know the truck with the “joker” face on the front. LOL

  • duster 19

    Chris what your Cop friend did was illegal destruction of private property, depending on the cameras cost possibly a felony. What Your cop friend did is equal to the tactics of a jack boot Nazi. At the least he should be fired for misuse of authority and flagerant disreqaurd for our personal property rights. At best he should be arrested for willful destruction of private property, misuse of power, violation of the Constitution, and just being a thug with minor power. I think your cop friend is a megalomaniac with visions of God hood. Actually I think you made this senario up to try and frighten law abiding citizens from exercising there rights. Most and I do mean most Police officers I know would never pull such a vendictive stunt. They are not thugs with guns but well trained individuals serving the public good. I assure you I know many law enforcement officers and your Cop Friend is not one of those servants of the public. I hope he is fired from the police force he works for very soon.

  • CB Handle

    It depends upon which school one is attending.

    That said, Driving is actually the easiest part of the job!!! When I went to OTR driving school it was the law that a person do so just to get a Class A or B CDL, that is a Commercial Drivers License to drive anything over 27,000 pounds gross weight. We had class time, road time and yard time every day for two months. The yard time was used to learn how to do the various backing maneuvers necessary to get backed to a dock and to learn how to do a proper Pre-trip according to DOT standards. Road time was used to learn how to handle the rig in all sorts of traffic conditions in the real world. Class time was used to learn how to use the Fed DOT “Bible” to look up and learn about the thousands of regulations that affect professional drivers and we learned about other State and Local regulations, how to properly fill out a paper logbook (there were no such things as electronic log books back then ), how to make sure a load was evenly distributed in the trailer and how to calculate where the trailer axles needed to be to distribute the weight between all axles of the truck/trailer combo, Red Cross First Aid Training for Professionals and how to read a road atlas (again, there was no such thing as GPS back then). Other nuances of the profession were also learned.

  • Sam

    Personally, I actually think he has a point. First of all, the truck was going significantly below the speed limit. Even if the cop “flew” past him, I see no reason to think that the cop was going more than 5 above the speed limit – hardly dangerous driving. Secondly, this is assuming that the cop was somehow scared of the fact that he was being recorded. There is absolutely nothing incriminating the cop in this video, so I doubt he backed off from fear of repercussions. He probably just realized that they were both a bit tense in the initial meeting (because you know, cops are people too) and realized that the truck driver could have just sincerely been trying to get the cop’s attention. Perhaps the cop was in a hurry to get somewhere, which would explain the mild amount over the speed limit, and just started off a bit irritated by the truck driver’s reasons for his actions (as most people are when they’re inconvenience by someone who just wanted to slander them and accuse them of something). Then after cooling off and checking his record, realized that it wasn’t a big deal. Why do people take every possible chance to tear down police and general authority figures? Maybe if y’all weren’t such jerks to them, their job might be less stressful and make it easier to focus on the real problems that they have to deal with, as opposed to some snarky truck driver who has a beef with authority figures. But no, we shouldn’t pay attention to any of that. Let’s jump to conclusions and assume the worst of him based on prejudices against police and authority. Remember guys: police bad, truck driver good.

    P.s. Don’t be a dick to people just for having a different perspective. Seeing from only one point of view makes us all blind.

  • Brian

    You are an idiot Adam. You are a shining example of what is wrong with our society. You call cops “pigs” but I bet if you were the victim of a serious crime, they would be the ones you would call to help your dumba**!

  • Anji

    Oh and by the way it’s your*, not you’re. Don’t leave yourself open to snide, rude, or hurtful comments while trying to convince everyone you’re of higher intelligence. People might question YOUR education.