Picture it: you are driving along Route 35 or Route 36, or any other roadway, and you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror. You immediately get a lump in your throat. This is especially true if you really have no idea what you were doing wrong.
Regardless of the reason for the traffic stop — it could be anything from a broken tail light to speeding to suspected drunk driving — there are certain things you can do to help yourself once you are safely stopped on the side of the road.
- Put your hazard lights on immediately. This will show the officer that you understand the importance of following the rules of the road.
- Stay in the car.
- Remain calm. If the officer is going to give you a ticket, so be it. If you have a chance of convincing him or her to give you a warning, acting crazy isn’t going to help your case.
- If it’s dark out, turn on your interior lights. This will give the officer some sense of comfort that you aren’t trying to conceal something in the dark.
- Keep your hands in view – on the steering wheel is best.
- Do not attempt to collect your documents — license, insurance and registration — until the police officer asks you to do so.
- Do not make any sudden movements that could make the cop think you are trying to reach for a weapon or hide something.
- Sometimes the officer will ask you if you know why you are being pulled over. Never admit anything, but be polite. A sarcastic response will not help you. Answering the question with details could be used against you later in court.
Contact the savvy, knowledgeable traffic ticket lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC for a free consultation about your charges in Monmouth or Middlesex counties. We defend clients against all motor vehicle violations.