What You Should & Shouldn’t Do If Pulled Over By the Police
Being pulled over by the police can be scary and nerve-wracking. Most people at one time or another have been stopped. Often times, it's for nothing more than failing to signal a lane change or rolling through a red light or stop sign. So, what should you do or not do when a police officer stops you?
- If you're being stopped during the daytime hours, pull over as soon as possible and wait for the officer to approach your vehicle. DO NOT get out of your car.
- If you're being stopped at night, pull over in a well-lit area as soon as you can. Turn on your interior light and wait for the officer to approach your vehicle.
- Make sure to roll your window all the way down. By cracking it just a bit will surely throw up some red flags.
- Keep both hands on the steering wheel and wait for the officer to instruct you to get the necessary paperwork (license, registration and proof of insurance) from your glove box.
- Don't make quick movements even if you are just reaching for the required documentation.
- DO NOT ask the officer "what's the problem?". Especially when you know what the problem is. Don't play stupid!
- Be sure to answer his or her questions as honestly and politely as possible.
There you go, 7 seven things that may just help you avoid a traffic ticket...