Police Traffic Stops: What Should You Do?
WSET is reporting:
" A Farmville man will face charges of attempted capital murder after a shoot-out with a local officer. Russell Smith was pulled over on South Main Street in Farmville Friday afternoon about 4:00 for suspicion of drunk driving."
This brings to mind, safety issues when you see the red and blue lights behind you. We all should realize that when an officer pulls you over for any reason, his thoughts are this is an unpredictable situation. Any traffic stop has the possibility for presenting a life threatening danger for the police officer.
Here are ways to insure his safety and yours:
1. When you see that an officer is telling you to pull over do so as soon as possible. If it is dark try to pick a place that is well lighted.
2. Do not get out of your car. Police prefer that you stay in your car. If you get out of your car, police may confuse some of your movements, either as aggressive or they may think you have a weapon.
3. Do not start looking for your licence and registration. If you are moving a lot in the car the officer may think you are trying to get a weapon. What you should do is sit still with both of your hands on top of the steering wheel in plain sight of the officer.
4. When the officer approaches, let him know immediately if you have a weapon in the car, and where it is. If you have a concealed weapon permit inform him immediately, and tell him if you are armed or unarmed.
5. When the officer asks you for your licence and registration, tell him where they are before you get them. At no time would you want the officer to think you are reaching for a weapon.
6. Put your hands back on top of the steering wheel after handing the officer your licence and registration.
7. Treat the officer with respect. He is doing his job. Personally, I always call the officer sir.
If you follow these simple steps, not only will you place the officer at ease, you may avoid a citation. Treating people well has its own rewards.