What To Do When You're Stopped by the Police

Imagine driving down the road, listening to the radio, singing along and...  what's that?  An emergency vehicle with its lights flashing and siren wailing?  WHAT DO I DO?  Please, for the safety of all motorists, as well as the law, pull your vehicle over to the right as far as possible and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed, regardless of which direction it is going.*

Wait.

The emergency vehicle is a police car and he/she has pulled behind me and their lights are still flashing.  Have I been pulled over?  Was I speeding?  Did I run that red light?

In the event that you are "pulled over" by a police officer, please have your windows rolled down with the interior light on (if dark) and your hands on the steering wheel.  When the police officer greets you and requests your information, be sure to provide him/her with your driver's license, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance information.**

Reasons for being pulled over by the police include, but are not limited to, moving violations, vehicle equipment violations, or operating a vehicle matching the description of a missing/wanted person.

In the unfortunate event that you receive a traffic citation as a result of the traffic stop, please understand that the side of the road is no place to argue the citation and/or disagree with the police officer.  As the officer will explain to you, you are legally entitled to a hearing before a judge and will have the opportunity to present your side in court.  Once the police officer has ended the traffic stop, please utilize the appropriate signaling to re-enter traffic to continue to your destination before responding to the citation.

*     Title 75 § 3325 - Duty of driver on approach of emergency vehicle
                                 (a)     General rule - Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle making use of an audible signal and visual signals, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection and shall stop and remain in that position until the emergency vehicle has passed.

**    Title 75 § 6308 - Investigation by police officers
                                 (a)     Duty of operator of pedestrian - The operator of any vehicle shall stop upon request or signal of any police officers and shall, upon request, exhibit a registration card, driver's license, and information relating to financial responsibility, or other means of identification, and shall write their name in the presence of the police if so required for the purpose of establishing identity.