What to do if you get pulled over.

November 17, 2015

erin_doan_agency 031514Good Neighbor Tips. A blog by Erin Doan, Erin Doan State Farm Insurance, Scottville;www.erindoan.com.

Getting pulled over can be stressful and scary for a lot of drivers — especially if they don’t know how to handle the situation.

  1. Slowly pull over. Use the turn signal and proceed to the right side of the road. If the location seems dangerous, continue driving until you find a safe, well-lit place to stop. As long as it’s clear that you intend to pull over, most officers will understand.
  2. Follow the officer’s instructions. Roll down the window and place both hands on the wheel. Do exactly what the officer asks, including providing your license and registration once requested. Alert the officer before reaching into the backseat, the glove compartment or a purse or other bag.
  3. Be wary of unmarked vehicles. If the officer is driving an unmarked vehicle, don’t be afraid to question their validity. Ask to see the officer’s badge and photo ID. If the officer won’t present it, request to call another officer. Always call 911 if the situation appears to be threatening or unsafe.
  4. Be respectful. Talk to the officer in a calm manner — shouting and using profanities will not help. Officers can use their own discretion when deciding whether or not to issue a ticket. Kind and reasonable behavior may merit a warning instead of a ticket.
  5. Return to the road safely. Once the officer has processed your information and written a warning or ticket, signal and look for oncoming traffic. Slowly merge onto the highway once it’s safe. Always remember to buckle up — a fine for not wearing your seat belt is one less thing you should have to worry about.


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