New York Traffic Lawyer vs. ChatGPT

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Matthew Weiss recently challenged OpenAI’s new AI chatbot platform called ChatGPT to determine whether artificial intelligence could provide good traffic attorney advice.

The results are below (with Matt’s comments in bold).

ChatGPT query:
How should I answer common questions during a traffic stop?

ChatGPT response:
When pulled over during a traffic stop, it is important to remain calm and polite with the officer. Here are some tips on how to answer common questions:

  1. “Do you know why I pulled you over?” – You can simply say that you are not sure, but you will cooperate with the officer. Agree!  Never admit to the violation.
  2. “Can I see your driver’s license, registration, and insurance?” – It is important to comply with this request and provide the officer with the necessary documents. Agree!
  3. “Have you been drinking or using drugs?” – If you have not been drinking or using drugs, you can simply say “no.” If you have, it’s best to remain silent, you have the right to remain silent and you should use it.  Agree, but a better answer would be, “My lawyer told me to never answer this question.“ This way you convey that you’d like to cooperate but are constrained by someone else’s advice.
  4. “Can I search your vehicle?” – The officer does not need your consent to search your vehicle if they have probable cause. If you do not feel comfortable with the search, you can ask if you are being detained or if you are free to leave. Disagree. Never consent to a search.
  5. “Can I ask you a few more questions?” – You have the right to remain silent, it is best to politely decline to answer any further questions without a lawyer present. Disagree. It depends on the question.

In sum, it’s important to remember that you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. If you are unsure about what to do or say during a traffic stop, it is best to consult with an attorney for guidance.

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