What to do When you Get Pulled Over by the Police

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Safety

When a police officer wants you to pull over, it’s important to do so as soon as possible. However, there are conditions under which you don’t have to pull over immediately. If the area is heavily trafficked, it is acceptable to drive to a short distance to locate a safe spot to stop. An example of this would be getting pulled over on a busy street, instead of stopping on the street turn into a parking lot or less busy side street. Doing that you’ll be pulling over in a location where it’s safer for the police officer to get out of the car and won’t be potentially blocking traffic.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

What You Need to Know

Ask why you’ve been pulled over, if the officer doesn’t volunteer the information right away. While you might know you’ve been speeding, or that your tags have expired, or that you forgot to put on your seat belt, if might also be something harmless. You may have a signal light out, or the officer may think your view is being blocked by something in the back seat. No matter what the officer tells you that you’ve been pulled over for, it’s important not to not argue with them and remain calm.

Be Polite

Take your license, registration, and proof of insurance out as soon as you stop and place it within view. Roll your window down after the officer approaches and greet him or her politely. Remember to say “please” and “thank you,” no matter if you’re being ticketed or not. Sometimes politeness can mean the difference between getting a ticket and being let off with a warning.

Staying in View

Keep your hands in view, on the steering wheel, unless asked specifically to do something. Never move quickly or reach inside something, such as the vehicle console, glove compartment, or your purse, where something could feasibly be hidden.

During Top Driver’s drivers education courses we teach teen drivers the importance of obeying traffic laws, but we also cover what to do if you are pulled over by the police. To sign up for one of our driving schools go here (link).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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