Nothing hurts our pride more than getting stopped by a police officer. The funny thing about getting pulled over by police officers is that most of us, without even having to ask, already know and are fully aware of what our offense is before the officer even opens up his or her mouth to speak.
Having worked as a policewoman in the past, I can tell you that people were always surprised that they were being pulled over by the police. Some people would innocently ask what it was that they had done wrong while others simply sat back and waited for death. Sometimes, it was amusing and other times it was more serious. Some things to keep in mind if you are ever pulled over or stopped by a police officer include things such as knowing where and when to pull over. For instance, you are well within your right to pull over where and when you feel it is safe to do so (within reason) if you are pulled over by a officer of the law at night. This is especially true if you are a woman who is traveling by herself late at night. The reason for this is because in the past, other people have tried to imitate police officers only to wind up hurting or killing the person that they pretended to pull over.
Another thing that you want to keep in mind when you are pulled over by a police officer is to make sure that you always try to pull your vehicle over to the far right side of the road. Doing so will help you to stay out of harms way with the traffic. It will also help to keep the officer safe as well as passing motorists, since you will not be obstructing or impeding the flow of traffic. Before you even see the police get out of his or her patrol car, make sure that your car’s engine is turned off and that you already have your license and vehicle registration in your hand. If you haven’t signed your vehicle registration, now would be good time to do so before the officer arrives at your window since that is also a punishable offense.
Make eye contact with the policeman and answer any questions that he or she may ask you. Remember to answer any questions truthfully since the police officer usually already knows the answer as well as whether or not you are being truthful. Remember that lying to a government official is a punishable offense and you can actually be arrested for it! Lastly, make sure that your hands are in plain sight. Keep them neatly folded on your lap or on the steering wheel. If you have any questions for the officer, ask them in a neutral, non-condescending tone. Do not argue with a police officer! Arguing will never get you out of getting a written citation! Instead, try being nice and somewhat apologetic for your actions. Offering a simple but truthful explanation may sometimes give you a break.