What to do if you are Stopped for a Traffic Violation
Simple steps to take if you are pulled over for a traffic violation.
Stay in the Vehicle.Don't ever leave your vehicle unless the officer directs you to. This causes the officer to be put on the defensive as the officer doesn't know you and what you may have that could endanger him/her.
Remain still with your Hands on the Wheel.One thing that draws additional attention to you during a stop is if you are reaching in the glove box, under the seat, or into the center console. Wait until the officer approaches the vehicle and ask permission to get your documentation if it is in a vehicle compartment. If you have a weapon in the vehicle advise the office so they are not startled by seeing it inadvertently.
Roll your Window Down.When the officer is approaching the vehicle, roll your window down so they can see inside. You don't have to roll it down all the way if you are not comfortable, but enough for them to see you and communicate with you.
Be Courteous!If you do everything correctly at the stop, you have likely still already committed a law violation. You may not be able to get out of receiving the citation, but you can avoid complicating the issue. If you yell and cuss at the officer, they often make notes about the stop and forward those notes to the prosecutor. If this occurs the prosecutor may be unwilling to amend the violation in the future. Additionally, yelling at the officer for doing their job will almost certainly get you a citation and you may end up with more than one as a result.