Proper etiquette after being pulled over by a police officer

Here are some tips from the Department of Motor Vehicles about what to do when you notice a police officer behind you with lights and sirens on in an attempt to pull you over:
  1. Acknowledge the officer by turning on your right turn signal.
  2. Move your vehicle to the right side of the road. Pull your vehicle as far off the roadway as possible. Never pull into the center median.
  3. Stop in well lit areas whenever possible.
  4. Hang up your cell phone and turn off your radio to give the officer your undivided attention.
  5. Remain inside your vehicle unless the officer tells you to do otherwise.
  6. Place your hands in clear view. On the steering wheel or in your lap are good places to put our hands. All passengers' should have their hands in plain sight, as well.
  7. If your windows are tinted, roll them down after you have stopped your vehicle and before the officer makes contact with you.
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One Response to Proper etiquette after being pulled over by a police officer

  1. My experience has been, in the few times that I was pulled over by an officer, that complete cooperation with the officer is the key element in your case. If you feel that he is wrong, or that you somehow did not deserve a ticket, the courtroom is where you should be stating your opinion not with the officer pulling you over.

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