Being pulled over by a police officer while driving a vehicle can be a stressful event. To make the traffic stop as safe and pleasant as possible for you and the officer, follow these important tips:


  • Pull over in a safe place as soon as possible.  
  • Keep your seat belt fastened.
  • Be courteous. Mutual respect between the officer and the driver is expected and encouraged.
  • Have your license, insurance card, and registration in a place you can easily access.
  • Turn down your music.  
  • If you are stopped at night, turn on your dome and/or interior lights. This will increase the visibility inside your vehicle so the officer will be less concerned about what he or she cannot see.
  • Roll down your window.  
  • Keep your hands visible, preferably on the steering wheel.
  • Do not make sudden movements, especially if the movements involve reaching into areas not visible to the officer. If you must reach for something, wait for the officer to come to your vehicle and tell the officer what you are planning to do before you do it.
  • Stay calm and communicate with the officer. Do not argue with the officer.


It’s okay to say you don’t understand. You have a legal right to an interpreter. If you are accused of breaking a law and are arrested, you have the right to remain silent and talk to a lawyer before being questioned. If you cannot afford a lawyer, the court will pay for one to represent you.


Print this card you can carry to assist you in interacting with the police. Make sure to ask first and receive permission before reaching for this card.