If You Are Stopped By A Police Officer

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Always cooperate with police officers and follow their instructions. If you notice red lights flashing when you look in the rearview mirror, stop your vehicle as far out of the path of traffic as possible. Stay in your vehicle and if you are stopped at night, turn on the interior light. Good lighting assists communication. If you leave the vehicle, you subject yourself and the officer to danger from nearby traffic.

  • Keep your hands in plain view at all times, preferably on the steering wheel and refrain from making any sudden movements.
  • Wait for the officer to request your license, registration, and evidence of insurance.
  • Officers are trained to ask for identification first and provide an explanation of why you were stopped second. Provide the documents requested when prompted by the officer.
  • Failure to stop when instructed by the police can result in your arrest.
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