What should I do if I am pulled over by a police officer while driving?

If a police officer stops you while driving, YOU SHOULD:

  • Pull your vehicle to the right side of the road out of the flow of traffic and come to a complete stop

  • Remain calm

  • Keep your hands visible by placing them on the steering wheel. Any passengers in the vehicle should also keep their hands visible as well.

  • Avoid sudden movements in the vehicle so the officer is not unnecessarily alarmed

  • Stay in your vehicle and follow the officer’s instructions

  • Tell the officer where you are reaching prior to retrieving your driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance when requested

If a police officer stops you while driving, DO NOT:

  • Exit your vehicle

  • Be argumentative with the officer

  • Reach for anything in the vehicle before telling the officer what you’re doing

  • Drive off, until directed to by the officer

At the conclusion of the traffic stop, you may be issued a traffic citation by the officer. If so:

  • You will be asked to sign it.  This is not an admission of guilt, just an acknowledgement to show that you received your copy.

  • If you do not agree with the traffic citation, you may request a hearing to have your case decided by a Magisterial District Judge. Directions on this procedure may be found under the I WANT TO link on the police home page.