Why am I getting stopped?
are several reasons why your vehicle may be stopped. Some of these are
quite obvious, and some
are not so apparent. We hope the following information will give you a better understanding as to why your vehicle was stopped, and what actions you should take in the event you are pulled over by the police.
violations are the most common reason a vehicle is stopped. Some
examples include speeding offenses, failure to stop at a red light or
stop sign, failure to use a turn signal, etc.
Registration or Equipment Violations
or equipment violations are other reasons a vehicle may be stopped by an
officer. The laws governing driving privileges consist of approximately
400 pages. It is not uncommon for a driver to be in violation of the law
without knowing it.
investigations often involve searching for a "get-away" car.
In today's mobile society, criminals often use cars or trucks to
facilitate their crime. Your vehicle may match the description of a
Courtesy or Safety Concerns
|Courtesy or safety stops are another reason why an officer may stop your vehicle. For instance, your trunk may be open, something might be hanging or caught under your vehicle, or perhaps you just left something on your vehicle.|
|Stop your vehicle as far out of the lane of traffic as possible||On a multi-
lane highway, pull your vehicle off on the right hand shoulder. Turn your
flashers on and wait for further directions from the officer.
|Stay in your vehicle, and turn on the interior light.||Good lighting
assists in good communication. Relax and remain in your vehicle. If you
leave the vehicle, you subject yourself and the officer to the dangers
|Keep your hands in view, preferably on the steering wheel.||Wait for the
officer to request your license, registration, and proof of insurance.
|Police officers are trained to ask for identification first, and provide an explanation second.||First provide
the proper documentation. Then give the officer a chance to explain the
reason you were stopped. Providing your documentation will simplify and
speed the process. Remember, most often the officer is in uniform with a
name tag displayed. You have the advantage of knowing with whom you are
dealing. Extend the courtesy by providing the requested identification
you do not agree with the citation, or the officer's demeanor,
do not argue at the scene.
|All citizens have the right to question their citation before a judge. Every police department has an internal affairs system in place to investigate citizen complaints.|
did the officer seem to sneak up along side of my car?
officers are trained to minimize their exposure to traffic and
therefore, reduce the likelihood that they will be injured. An officer
also has no idea whom he is pulling over at the time of the stop and is
also protecting himself should an unexpected event occur.
|If it's only a minor offense, why did two or three officers show up?||A second
officer is usually assigned, even on a routine motor vehicle stop as
part of standard operating procedure. This provide safety and security
for both the officer and occupants of the stopped vehicle.
|Why do the officers sit in the car for so long? What are they doing?||The officer is verifying your driving privileges and vehicle registration status through the statewide computer system.|