Why did you stop me? The first question an Officer usually hears.
Moving violations are the most common reason a vehilce is stopped.Some exmaples include speeding offenses, failure to stop at a red light or stop sign, failure to use a turn signal, or not having a child properly restrained.
Registration or Equipment Violations are other reasons a vehicle may be stopped by an officer. The laws governing driving privileges consist of several hundred pages. It is not uncommon for a driver to be in violation of the law without knowing it. This is why police departments occassionally issue courtesy warnings.
Courtesy of Safety Concernsare other reasons an officer might stop your vehicle. For instance, your trunk may be open or something might be hanging from under your vehicle.
Steps to follow if you are stopped.
Stop your vehicle as far out of the lane of traffic as possible.
Stay in your vehicle and turn on the interior light. Good lighting assists good communications. Relax and remain in your vehicle. If you leave your vehicle you subject yourself and the officer to the dangers of traffic.
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 up 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 information without argument.
If you do not agree with the citation, or the officer's demeanor, do not argue at the scene. All cictzens have the right to question their citation before a judge. Every Police Dept. has an internal affairs system in place to investigate citizen complaints.