If you don't like the laws, take it up with the legislators.<quoted text>I don't have a great deal of respect for what are essentially tax collectors. If they are fighting real crime and not glorified meter maids, of course.
Writing folks tickets for going 10 mph (especially when they speed themselves and get let off 99% of the time should they get pulled over by mentioning they are cops) and not wearing seat belts is not real crime.
It pis$es me off even more when they say have a nice day or drive safe after they write you a ticket ... as if they did anything to contribute to you having a nice day or as if it's really about your safety.
If the only time you encounter law enforcement officers is when you get a ticket for failure to comply with a law (stupid as you think the law is), then consider yourself very lucky. You may not like when they try to be polite or civil during your interactions, but you would be much more upset if they were condescending or rude.
LEOs do so much more than write seat belt tickets. I am not saying that every officer is perfect, but each person they pull over could be the person who is going to pull a gun on them or run them over with their car. Each call they go on could be their last. They see the worst that humans can do to each other - the abuse people inflict on innocent children, the hate toward their neighbors, the harm that they do to themselves due to chemical abuse or mental illness. They have to be alert during their whole shift, then go home and compartmentalize so they can try to lead a healthy home life.
You may have a stressful job, but there is not a better than average chance that you will be placing yourself in harm's way everyday, while people treat you like garbage or see you as a target just because of your uniform. If you or your family needed help, you would probably call the police, right? So, maybe you should show them a little more respect, too.