You’re driving down the road, minding your own business when, all of a sudden, you notice something in your rearview mirror. Upon closer inspection you realize that there are red and blue flashing lights directly behind you. It’s a police officer and you’re being pulled over. Even though this is such a common occurrence, there are a lot of drivers out there who don’t know how to act when they’re being pulled over.
When you get pulled over, it’s best to remain calm, cooperate, and be polite and respectful to the officer. This way, should any form of police misconduct occur, you’ll be able to honestly say you were cooperating with the officer. Following these 4 steps will help you when you get pulled over:
1. Pull over to the right quickly, but keep safety in mind. You should use your turn signal to let the officer know that you are pulling over.
2. Be ready to get your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance in order to show them to the officer. It is part of the officer’s routine to see these in order to make sure you are a legal driver.
3. Keep your hands on the wheel and stay inside of your vehicle with the engine on. It’s important that the officer is able to see your hands and know that you’re not trying to reach for anything, namely a weapon.
4. Take your ticket and drive (carefully) home. Arguing with the officer at the scene could lead to further complications or even possible arrest. You will be able to fight against the charges at your hearing.
If you feel that you have been violated by the police during one of these traffic stops, then you should seek legal help. The team here at the Law Offices of Patrick Geckle works with people like you, who have been victims of police assault or abuse, either with bogus charges or physical injuries. Contact us today to learn more.