How to Handle Being Pulled Over By a Police Officer

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Safe Driving and Car Accident Avoidance Tips from Advanced Spine and Rehab

When out driving, there might come a time when you see the lights flashing in your rearview mirror and realize that you have to pull over. In some cases, those lights might be meant for you as a police officer pulls you over for a traffic violation or other infraction. When this happens, it is important to follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Pull to the side of the road safely and quickly.
  • Step 2: Wait inside the car for the officer to approach.
  • Step 3: Turn on your interior light (if nighttime) and keep your hands where the officer can see them (such as on the steering wheel). Do not reach under your seat or into your glove box unless instructed to do so. Otherwise, the officer may think you are reaching for a weapon or trying to hide something.
  • Step 4: Provide the officer with your license and proof of insurance. If the officer asks you to step out of the vehicle, do so without any sudden movements. Remain calm, do not become argumentative or abusive, and never attempt to bribe the officer.

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If you are issued a citation that you do not feel you should have received, you can present your case in traffic court. You may also choose to be represented by a lawyer.

By following these four simple steps, you can pull over without putting yourself or others at risk of being involved in a car accident. If you are involved in a car accident, however, you can trust the medical professionals at Advanced Spine & Rehab to assist with your medical needs.

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