Pulled Over By Police? Here’s What To Do.
Whether blowing through a red light, speeding down the street, or, as our buddy Jon Jones likes to do; drag racing. You see flashing lights in your rearview mirror, and you pull over. Now what? Panicking, crying, acting erratically are not going to help you in this circumstance. Here's a list of a few things that you want to be sure to do when being pulled over:
You see flashing lights. Slow down and pull over (use your turn signal) well off the side of the road.
Roll down your window, turn off your engine and radio, place your keys on your dashboard (or better yet, on top of your car).
At least until the officer has seen you wearing it. I recommend unbuckling once he/she requests your ID and other paperwork.
Chill out, don't panic, remain calm while the officer explains why you were stopped.
If you were stopped at night, turn on your interior or dome lights.
Cooperate with the officer, be polite and not argumentative. It could make all the difference between a warning and a ticket or worse.
Don't make excuses, they smell nonsense a mile away. Officers get excuses and defensive behavior all day, every day. Don't be that guy.
Keep your hands in plain view (I recommend the good 'ol 10-and-2 position). Avoid reaching or making sudden movements that may worry the officer. Never reach under your seat.
Don't provoke the officer, or try to show off in front of friends that may be in the car.
This includes: valid driver's license, proof of registration, current proof of insurance. Do not retrieve each until told to do so by the officer.
If for some reason, you are instructed to exit the vehicle, do it slowly and calmly.
If you receive a citation or ticket, accept it calmly. If you want to contest it, do so in the court of law. Nobody has ever talked themself out of a ticket after it has already been given to them on the spot.