The flashing lights in the rearview mirror, the sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, the sweaty palms and racing heartbeat, you got it…you’re getting pulled over. We’ve all been there before. But, what should you do when getting pulled over? Are there a few things that you can do to minimize your chances of getting a ticket?Blue lights? Sirens? Do you know what to do when you get pulled over? Here's how to not get a ticket.Click To Tweet
What To Do When You Get Pulled Over
Do you know what to do when you get pulled over? Here’s a list of things that you can do to maximize your chances of getting a warning and not get a ticket.
Slow down and try to turn
Get over to your right and slow down. Turn on your signal and look for a place to turn into.
Select a safe place to stop
It is ideal if you can find a place that looks secure for yourself and the officer. Look for a place where you can get out of traffic, that is well lit and that is safe for the officer to get out of his/her vehicle.
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Think about safety for everyone
Try to position your car somewhere that reassures the officer that you will not speed off. A parking spot with a median or block in front of you, behind another car, or other obstruction may be good choices. You also want to consider
You also want to consider the safety of the officer and your car. It may be a safer choice to pull over on the left side of an interstate for example if there’s ample room.
You can also slow down, turn on a turn signal, and drive to a safer area if possible. You see drivers doing this in a busy urban area quite often.
Get your vehicle ready
Roll down your window, and turn off your vehicle. This will further reassure the officer and will still allow you to speak to him or her.
Keep your hands on the wheel and visible
Keep your hands on the steering wheel, and do not make any sudden or furtive movements or gestures. This is the most dangerous point regarding the officer’s safety, and they know this.
The officer will likely touch the back of your vehicle on or around the driver’s side taillight on the approach to your window. This is a safety precaution in case the officer is hurt or killed, and it can be identified that the vehicle was in fact stopped by that officer.
Touching the back of cars was put into place due to the uncertainty of these situations. Sit tight and make yourself look as non-threatening as possible.
Provide the officer with all requested documents including license, insurance, and registration. Being nice and cooperative gives the officer more discretion in dealing with you. Remember, “it’s always easier to catch a fly with honey”.
Answer all questions
Answer all questions honestly and shortly-don’t volunteer anything to the officer. Remember, don’t say you’re sorry. Saying sorry may be used against you as an admission of guilt later.
Cooperate with any lawful commands
Remember the stop may or may not be lawful. But, on the side of the road is not the time to dispute this. You could only open yourself to criminal charges or worse, physical injury, or death.
Stay in your car
Do not exit your vehicle unless expressly told to do so. The officer will let you know what he or she wants you to do. It’s always best to stay in the car unless told to do otherwise.
Hopefully, if you played your cards right, you can get off with a warning. If not, take the ticket with grace and be on your way. If you are placed under arrest, keep quiet and contact a local attorney.
What about you? What to do when you get pulled over? Did I miss any other tips?
Note: The foregoing information presented should not be construed as specific legal advice. It is for informational purposes only, and you should address any specific questions towards an attorney in your area.