TIPS ON WHAT TO DO
IF YOU'RE EVER STOPPED BY POLICE:
Moving violations are the most common reasons a vehicle is stopped by police.
Registration or Equipment Violations are other reasons a vehicle may be stopped. It is not uncommon for a driver to be in violation of a law without knowing it. It is your responsibility, as a driver, to know the laws governing driving privileges. Remember, driving is a privilege, NOT a right.
Criminal Investigation often involves searching for a "get-a-way' or "suspect" vehicle. Your vehicle may match the description of a suspect's vehicle.
Safety Concerns are other reasons an officer may stop your vehicle. For instance, your trunk may be open, something may be hanging from your vehicle, or you may have left items on your roof.
STEPS TO FOLLOW IF YOU ARE STOPPED:
1. ALWAYS MERGE TO THE RIGHT, WHEN AN EMERGENCY APPROACHES YOUR VEHICLE FROM THE REAR, WITH IT'S EMERGENCY LIGHTS ON.
2. Stop your vehicle as far out of the lane of traffic as possible and off the roadway if immediately possible.
3. Stay in your vehicle and turn on the interior light. Good lighting assists in good communications. Relax and remain in your vehicle. If you leave your vehicle, you subject yourself and the officer to dangers of traffic.
4. Provide the proper documentation. When driving a motor vehicle, you MUST have in your possession:
- A valid Driver's License
- Valid Vehicle Registration
- Proof of current Vehicle Insurance
If you are stopped and to not have all these items with you, a citation may be issued.
As the driver, you are responsible for the conduct of all the occupants of the vehicle. This includes such things as passengers wearing seat belts, littering, or creating a disturbance.
If you do not agree with the citation do not argue at the scene. All citizens have the right to question their citation before a judge.
If you receive a citation, you should also receive an information brochure specifying the approximate fines for your cited violation, the address and contact information of the court you were cited into, and directions on fulfilling your obligations upon receiving the citation.
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