Slow Down! 3 Tips If You Are Pulled Over For A Traffic Stop

If you are ever pulled over for speeding or another traffic violation, it is important that you act in the proper manner. Remaining calm while pulled over will ensure a smooth and uneventful experience. Here are some tips:

Pull Over in a Safe Area

Once you notice a patrol car behind you with its lights and sirens on, make every effort to pull over as quickly as you can. Pull over to the right as far as you can to allow the officer some space to get next to your window so he or she won't have to worry about getting hit by a passing car. Make sure you properly use your signals when you are pulling over and turn on your hazard lights, especially if it is dark outside or you are in a rural area. If there is no shoulder on the road, pull over into as far as you can, or request that the officer let you drive to a safer location.

Be Cordial to the Police Officer

Once you have stopped the car and the officer is approaching, you can do a few things that can help the process go more smoothly. Roll down you window all the way and have your identification and insurance information in hand. You may want to turn off your engine and turn on your interior light at night so the officer has a clear view inside your car. These acts are often very appreciated by the officers and let them know that you are not a risk to their safety.

Don't Provide a Reason for a Search

Officers are killed nearly every day during traffic stops, so they are always on guard for any activity that makes them think you could be a danger. Try to avoid doing anything that would give them cause to search your car. If they think you are trying to hide something, they are legally allowed to search the vehicle. If you begin fidgeting and acting nervous, the officer may think you are trying to hide something under your seat and could result in you be removed from your car and patted down and your car searched. You may not be guilty, but if you are nervous about being pulled over, you could give off the impression that you are guilty of a crime or have something illegal in your car. Sitting still and keeping your hands visible is the quickest way for you and the officer to go about the rest of your day.

If you are pulled over and given a ticket, it is crucial that you remain cool and calm. Don't freak out on the officer, or you could find yourself in jail. Take a breath, calm down, and deal with your ticket in a rational manner. For more tips, talk to a professional like Hornthal Riley Ellis & Maland LLP.