You’re driving down the road…maybe you were going a few miles over the speed limit—when suddenly you notice flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Whether you’ve never had a ticket before or you’ve had multiple DUIs, you’ll probably feel that moment of panic. But you need to pull it together and pay attention to what you say and do, as the initial moments after a traffic stop can make all the difference between a warning and something more serious.
Pull Over Quickly, But Safely
There’s a common misperception that, if you immediately pull over, you’re admitting your guilt—not true!! In fact, it’s more likely a sign that you were actually paying attention to the road. But don’t make things worse by coming to a screaming halt or putting others at risk. Ensure that you have an opening to get off the road. Furthermore, if you are on a narrow or extremely busy road, look for an exit or a parking lot you can pull into. The officer will likely be more flexible if it appears that you were concerned for his or her safety.
Also, make certain you obey all traffic laws as you pull over. Use your turn signal if you are going to change lanes, turn corners or just to pull over to the shoulder. If you pull onto the shoulder of the road, get as far to the right as you safely can, so that the officer can come to and stand at your vehicle without being in the road.
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