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Police Stop – What NOT To Do

Mel Dowdell June 21, 2020

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1. Don’t Keep Driving

You don’t want to keep driving and have the officer think you’re ignoring him or trying to “make a run for it.” The second you see the red and blue flashing lights in your rear view mirror:

  • Turn on your hazard lights.
  • Find a safe place to pullover.
  • Put both hands on the steering wheel.
2. Don’t Reach for Anything

Once you’ve pulled your vehicle over, don't reach for anything! Roll down your window and turn off your car. If it’s dark, you should also put on your dome light.

  • Put both hands on the steering wheel.
  • Don't reach for anything.
  • Notify the officer where your license and registration is located.

Don’t do anything else at this time, as moving around or reaching for things could potentially look threatening to the officer.

3. Don’t Exit Your Vehicle

Remain inside the vehicle unless you are instructed to exit by the officer. If instructed to exit the vehicle, you should:

  • Check traffic and do so safely
  • Don't attempt to leave a traffic stop until it has been indicated by the officer that the stop is complete
  • Give the appropriate signal and re-enter traffic safely
4. Don’t Argue With Police

Whether you believe you did something wrong or not, it’s important to be civil when speaking with a police officer.

  • Remain calm and courteous
  • Keep your answers short and simple
  • Don't use profanity

It’s best not to try and argue your case on the side of the road. It’s not the time or place.  The court of law is the place to contest the ticket. Don’t let your heightened emotions lead to a bigger problem!

5. Weapons/Firearms

Notify the officer if there is a firearm inside your vehicle. You should store all required documents in a different location from the firearm.