Things Not to Do When Pulled Over by the Police!!!
Please, don't make dirty, 'Dirty Harry' his day!!!
(In Clint Eastwood voice) I know what you're thinking...
Did he just honk his siren at me or the other guy going down the road? Well, to tell you the truth in all of this excitement, I can't really tell myself either.
But being that this car was doing 44 on a 25 mile per hour road in a suburban neighborhood, you got ask yourself one question, "Do I feel guilty? Well, do I, punk?"
Alright, with the Dirty Harry hard lucky-punk impressions aside.
Getting pulled over by the police can be an awful experience. However, in all the excitement, a person can forget themselves and how to handle the situation. According Esurance.com, I will give you three elements of a police pullover with what NOT to do, followed by how you should react.
When you first see Dirty Harry's flashing lights.
Hey, I said "impressions."
Whether or not the police officer is pulling you over, your first move is to move to the side as soon as possible.
If the police are pulling you off to the side, DO NOT PANIC...yet.
Many stops are for common traffic violations or fix-it tickets for things like a broken taillight or a dirty/overly tinted windows. Remember that the police are doing their best to ensure your own safety.
DO NOT just keeping on driving - they can shoot your tires out and if caught, which you probably will be, you could have much more serious penalties for evading a pull over.
When you stop, DON'T unbuckle or reach for anything in the glove compartment or the back seat because the police officer may think you're reaching for a weapon. This action here gives them the privilege to pull out there gun as they approach your car.
- Turn off the engine and roll the window down. You can keep the window just low enough to talk to Clint Eastwood through, until you feel that this is an actual officer and not a guy who wants to rob your pickup truck or shiny red car. Next, roll it down all the way. Keep your hands on the wheel where they will be in sight of the officer.
- When you're parked, turn on your emergency flashers
- Address the police officer by what they are, an "officer."
- If it's nighttime, turn on your car's inside lights to see.
- Wow, I didn't know some of this myself. Well now I do feel lucky, punk.
Face to Face With the Police Officer
Remember, not all drivers are as law-abiding as you, so do your best to let the officer know you're willing to cooperate with them.
Please, Do Not:
- Hesitate for identification. If it's dark out, making it hard to see or if the officer is not in uniform, ask for ID. You can also request to follow them to a police station.
- Argue. A friendly attitude will make the incident go smoothly. If you disagree with the officer's actions, don't argue or do anything physical, you can file a complaint later. Because the last thing you want is the .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, pointed at you.
- Speak first. Let the officer explain why they are pulling you over.
- Forget to focus. Listen to what the officer is saying and memorize or write down their name if you have to.
- Remain calmly seated, passengers too. Don't get out of the car unless told so by the police officer.
- Hand them your license, registration, and possibly, proof of insurance when asked.
- Ask questions if you don't understand.
- Answer the officer honestly. Make eye contact while being civil, polite, and to the point.
- What is told of you. You may be legally required to sign a traffic ticket but the ticket itself can be contested in court or by mail. Signing is the traffic ticket isn't an admission of guilt.
Driving Record and Car Insurance
Good news! Not every violation and/or infraction may appear on your driving record. If you DO get a citation on your record, it could show up within a few weeks or months, depending on your residency.
Depending on the state, some minor moving violations may be kept off record by paying a fine. Certain states also allow drivers to have some charges erased or reduced from your record by attending traffic school or following a court-mandated program.