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What To Do When Signaled To Pull Over

What To Do When Signaled To Pull Over:
  • Pull over as far to the right as safely possible. This allows the officer to more safely walk to your car. On a freeway, you may pull over to the left,
  • Turn off the ignition,
  • Turn on the interior light if the stop occurs at night,
  • Place your hands on the steering wheel until the officer can make a safety evaluation as approaching your car,
  • Avoid making any sudden or reaching movements,
  • Please stay in your vehicle unless asked by the officer to exit your car,
  • If you are carrying a weapon, advise the officer of the weapon and the location,
  • Always follow the officer's instructions.
Please keep in mind that law enforcement can be dangerous work. Do not assume that the officer knows that you are a law abiding citizen. Officers must be cautious at all times.

Stopping at night, especially along a dark stretch of road, can heighten the tension for you and the officer. Officers do not object to a driver proceeding to the nearest well lit area. Simply acknowledge the officer by turning on your flashers and drive at a reduced speed.

If asked to exit the vehicle, walk to the rear of your vehicle to the side away from traffic, or as directed by the officer. Use the vehicle as a barrier between you and on-coming cars.

The officer will ask for two pieces of information:

  • Your driver's License,
  • Your insurance card.
Please do not attempt to argue with the officer. This may increase the tension in an already stressful situation. Depending on the reason the officer initiated the traffic stop, you may or may not be given a citation. If you receive a citation, you will be advised of your options in making a disposition of the citation.

Once the traffic stop is finished, walk carefully back to your vehicle, watching on-coming traffic. When an opportunity exists, carefully merge back into the flow of traffic.

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