It will be important to have your auto insurance ID card and vehicle registration handy. Not having auto insurance can be a serious issue.
There are a few things you can do to help the process go smoothly for you, the officer, and your passengers:
- If you see police vehicle lights in your mirror, slow down and pull over to the side of the road as soon as possible. Make sure you are far enough off the road for the officer to safely walk next to your car.
- Stay calm. Turn off your engine and radio. Keep your seat belt fastened and have your driver’s license and insurance information out and ready. Stay off your cell phone!
- At night, turn on your inside light to allow the officer to view the inside of your vehicle; doing this allows the officer to be assured that there is no danger to him or her.
- Do not argue with the officer.
- Do not get out of the car, unless requested to do so by the officer.
- If you have any passengers in your vehicle, request that they remain silent at all times with their hands in plain sight.
- Don’t make any admissions; if the officer asks if you know why you were pulled over say no. Another question they may use to trap you is by asking, “Do you know how fast you were going?” A simple reply is best such as; “I am always a safe driver and believe that I was going with the flow of traffic.”
- What if the officer wants to search your vehicle? The United States Constitution protects all individuals from unreasonable search and seizure. The exceptions to this are if you agree to a search, or if the officer believes there is illegal activity going on.