Encounters with police are never anyone’s idea of a good time. We all dread the blue and red lights filling in our rear view mirror.
Some of us are busy texting and get caught. Some of us are speeding because we forgot to keep an alarm. Nonetheless, we’ve all been pulled over at some point. However, you may be able to avoid getting a ticket when you do get pulled over.
Trust us, you stand a better chance of getting away with minor traffic offenses if you know how to handle these situations. Here are some tips on avoiding tickets and what to do when you’re getting pulled over:
DON’T TRY TO ARGUE WITH POLICE OFFICERS
Instead, keep these three things in mind:
1. What do I do as a police officer approaches? Calm down and relax. They haven’t given you the
2. What do I say to a police officer? Be respectful and answer their questions.
3. What if I disagree with the ticket? If you think that you received an unfair or incorrect fine, then
you can always take it to court.
KINDNESS GOES A LONG WAY
In these situations. You may be surprised, but many people don’t even know how to speak to a police officer, and
instinctively act as though they are being inconvenienced. If you treat the officer with dignity and maintain a
polite, friendly tone, you will likely have a much less stressful experience.
LYING TO A POLICE OFFICER IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA
Law enforcement officers are trained to detect anxiety and dishonesty. Yes, you have your rights when you’re getting pulled over; however, chances are you still violated a traffic law to get pulled over in the first place. So don’t mislead them if you know you failed to signal or have been going over the speed limit; they already know you’ve committed the infraction.
YOUR PASSENGERS CAN GET YOU TICKET AS WELL
Even if you are perfectly cordial and have committed the lightest of traffic violations, you can still end up getting fined due to unruly passengers. So if you’re pulled over with passengers in your vehicle, make sure everyone stays quiet.
SILENCE IS THE KEY
Similar to the previous tip, no matter how polite you may be, any additional distraction may cause tension in your interactions with law enforcement. If you get pulled over, be sure to silence your phone and turn off your radio.
INTERIOR LIGHTS ARE IMPORTANT
As soon as you pull off to the side, you should be sure to turn your interior lights on. This alleviates the officer’s stress of walking up to a shady vehicle at night and makes you seem more trustworthy.
KEEP YOUR HANDS VISIBLE
Nothing creates more tension in a law enforcement situation than concealed hands. After you roll down your window, you should place your hands at 10 and 2 o’clock on your steering wheel, and keep them there until the officer instructs you otherwise.
TURN YOUR ENGINE OFF
Unless it’s justifiably cold. Turning off the engine indicates that you will not attempt to run away, and it will make you seem more trustworthy.
PULLOVER SAFELY AS SOON AS YOU HEAR THE SIREN
The keyword here is ‘safely’. If you’re being pulled over on a busy freeway, you should take the exit and find a well-lit but low traffic side street. So long as you maintain a low speed and keep your blinkers on, the officer will understand that you’re simply trying to find a spot safe for the both of you.
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