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Being Pulled Over

Hispanic police officer - copyright: John Roman

Acknowledge the Officer

If you are being pulled over by a police officer, there are some important things to remember.

First, you must acknowledge the officer. If you fail to immediately respond to a police officer’s request to pull over, you may be charged with fleeing the police.

Pull Over

Use your turn signal to show that you are aware of the officer and that you are pulling over to the right side of the roadway. You should try to stop in a safe place, as far away from traffic as possible.

As soon as you have stopped, turn on your emergency flashers.

Stay Calm and Still

Do not start reaching for car insurance, driver’s license or vehicle registration. The officer may think you are hiding or reaching for something else.

Wait until the officer asks to see these documents.

Turn off Your Engine

Turn off the engine, radio, and all other devices that could interfere when talking with the officer.

Roll down your window and keep hands in plain view. It is a good idea to place hands on the steering wheel.

Keep your safety belt on.

Ask all passengers to stay in their seats, keep their safety belts on, and place their hands in plain view, as well.

Always Carry Necessary Documents

When the officer wants to see driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance, tell the officer where they are and reach for them slowly, trying to keep one hand on the steering wheel at all times.

Answer questions fully, clearly and politely. If you have trouble understanding something, there is nothing wrong in asking the officer to clarify.

You should, however, not argue with the officer about a citation. Save arguments for a court hearing.

Signing a Citation

If you are issued a citation and asked to sign it, you must do so.

Remember, signing a citation is not an admission of guilt.

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5 Comments

  1. I’ve experienced an officer just tells right out lie on the ticket and in the court. Traffic tickets are very expensive nowadays and not all officers are honest ( due to quota pressure, discrimination, or just had a bad day) I think it should be required with proven image by the officer’s body-cam in the court.

    • I faced the similar issue.When I was stopped speeding in school zone at 20M/hr when children are present,( between 3pm -4p.m.) on school days.I drove 30M/hr and there were no children around at all and it was 3:57 pm.It was on Long Weekend. I was asking officer where are the children and I was told the child is gone.I was upset,since it was my word against mine.When I got home I had tickets that there were 3 children around and I went back very upset and approached him with question? Officer you told me there was one child and on the ticket you wrote 3 children.The officer’s answer was my partner saw 3 children.After the long weekend I went back and I talked to cross guard and I asked her what time usually children are out from school and if she remembered previous Friday’s situation.I was told there were no children at all since it was a long weekend and almost all of the children were picked up earlier that day and she remembered there were no children past 3:35 she remembered that .I asked her is he could come to traffic court to testify and her answer was;” she can not,since she is paid by the city police department”.When I wen to court I told judge my story,but I was denied and paid the fine plus court cost!!!

  2. This good to now.

  3. Then be patient as he/ she tells you how wrong u are in their eyes n they are saving you. Then they will tell you horror stories to show how brave they are. Go to court fight ticket if they dont show u win. If they do show just plead guilty cause even if your in the right judge will always side with them

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