When Stopped By Law Enforcement
- Turn on your hazard/flashing lights.
- Reduce speed and pull over to a stop on a side street and/or exit the freeway (to ensure the officer’s safety).
- Roll the driver’s side window completely down.
- Place your hands on the steering wheel at the 10:00 and 2:00 positions.
When Stopped At Night
Turn on the interior and dome lights and roll down all the rear windows so the officer can see what/who is in the rear seat(s).
When the Officer Asks To See Your Driver’s License and Insurance Card
- First, ask his/her permission to reach into your back pocket, purse or glove compartment to retrieve the documents.
- If the patrol car is unmarked, call 9-1-1 and ask them to confirm the unmarked car is one of theirs or have them dispatch law enforcement to the scene. Inform the 9-1-1 operator that you are driving to well-lighted public place such a shopping center, fire station, gas station, etc. The 9-1-1 operator will notify the officer.
- If the police officer is being inappropriate, request that the police officer’s supervisor to come to the scene.
- Keep your passengers quiet and respectful.
- Do not reach for other things in your vehicle, purse, pockets, glove box or trunk without asking the officer’s permission.
Do not make small talk with the officer. Answer his/her questions in a respectful manner. The less memorable you are to the officer, the better.
In most cases, the police officer will appreciate your cooperation and concern for his/her safety and either not write a ticket or reduce the fine.