I've Been Pulled Over! Now What?




We all make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes result in a traffic stop.  Often we are asked, “if I get pulled over, what should I do?”  Well here's your answer:

-  When you see the flashing red and blue lights behind you, slow down, and come to a stop as far to the right of the roadway as possible.  DO NOT SLAM ON YOUR BRAKES OR COME TO AN ABRUPT STOP

-  When stopped, do not reach around in your vehicle as this could be misconstrued that you are trying to hide something or you are reaching for a weapon.  The safest thing to do is put your hands on the steering wheel so the officer can see them. 

- When the officer asks you for registration, proof of insurance, and driver's license, let the officer know from where you are retrieving these items.  Keep your vehicle registration and proof of insurance together so you are prepared in times like this.  Plenty of officers have stopped a lot of people that seem to keep their junk mail and everything else under the sun in their glovebox.  This makes for a lot of unnecessary time spent on the road waiting for people to find the required documents. 

-  When approached by the officer, be respectful.  A professional officer will return the gesture.

-  If issued a citation, do not argue it on the side of the road with the officer; that's what court is for. 

Bottom line, keep your documents where they are readily available, be respectful, and understand that we are trying to make our roads safer. 

Stay safe, slow down, wear your seat belt and put the phone down!

Photo Credits: Lancaster Newspapers and FOX43 News

MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentm@police.co.lancaster.pa.us