When a person is pulled over for a traffic stop, they should expect to have a conversation with Law Enforcement about why they are being pulled over. Drivers should make sure to do everything they can to make the interaction go smoothly as possible. In addition, drivers should make sure to watch their reaction and not to say or do anything that would challenge the authority of the arresting Officer.
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What to Do when Sirens and Lights are First Observed?
When a person hears sirens or sees patrol lights in their rear-view or side-view mirrors, they should immediately stop their vehicle in the closest safest place available and comply with the Officer’s direction to pull the car over. Failure to comply can lead to additional charges and even serious charges of fleeing to elude a police Officer. Once the Officer observes or detects something that they believe will give them a legal justification to make a traffic stop, the Officer will pull behind them and/or maybe present themselves alongside them on the roadway and indicate that they need to pull over.
Where Should Drivers Pull Over?
A driver should pull over in the closest safest place possible. Drivers should not stop in the middle of the road. If there is no shoulder, they should pull over in the first parking lot or the first side street. They should then turn on their hazard lights or a traffic signal indicating that they are going to make a turn. These actions would be letting the Officer know that they know they are behind them and are trying to pull over.
What to Do When Pulled Over at Night
When being pulled over at night, drivers should be concerned with their safety and the safety of Law Enforcement. As a result, drivers should pull over in a well-lit area if possible. If not possible, drivers should stop as soon as they can. If the Officer wants you to move your vehicle, they will tell you.
When Should a Driver Grab their Registration from their Glove Box?
It is recommended that drivers do not go for their glove box or center console until the Officer is by their side or they have the permission of the Officer to reach into their glove box or center console. It is important to remember that Officers are on high alert as they may not know the person they are pulling over. With this in mind, drivers should try their best to make the Officer feel as comfortable as possible by answering their questions and doing what they say.
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At some point, almost every driver will be pulled over for one reason or another. As a result, it is important for drivers to know what actions may cause Officers to feel uneasy and what actions demonstrate that they are willing to comply with the Officers orders.
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