What to do if you’re pulled over by a police officer.

Is it me, or are there more police officers on the road lately? Now that the sun is out, more people are out on the road and the cops are keeping their eyes peeled for wrong-doers. If you get pulled over by a law enforcement officer, there are some things you should and shouldn’t do. Below are some tips from the Department of Motor Vehicles about what to do when you notice a police officer following 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.
Read about these and other tips at http://dmv.ca.gov/
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