Here’s what you should do when a police officer pulls you over

Here’s what you should do when a police officer pulls you over

It happens to the best of us – maybe we’re driving home from class or work and notice blue lights in the rear-view mirror. OK, we were going a few (or more than a few) mph over the speed limit, or we didn’t realize we had a busted tail light. So what should you do

It happens to the best of us – maybe we’re driving home from class or work and notice blue lights in the rear-view mirror. OK, we were going a few (or more than a few) mph over the speed limit, or we didn’t realize we had a busted tail light.

So what should you do when you get pulled over by a police officer? Guidelines will appear in the newest version of the North Carolina driver license handbook out this year. Here are some highlights:

When you get pulled over by a police officer, should you get your car registration out of the glove box and have it ready when he gets to your window?

No. The officer won’t know what you’re trying to get from the glove box. Wait until he or she asks for your registration.

If you’re supposed to keep your hands on the wheel, where should your passengers put theirs?

Passengers should keep their hands where an officer can see them. Front-seat passengers can keep their hands on their lap. Back-seat passengers should put their hands on the seat in front of them.

What should you do if there’s not a good, safe place to pull over?

Turn on your flashers and slow down about 10 mph to signal to the officer that you plan to pull over. Then look for the first safe place to do it on the right side of the road.

Read more guidelines and tips here.

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