enforcement officers make many traffic stops.
Usually, they pull a vehicle over when believe an
offense has occurred. Sometimes you may be stopped
because you and/or your vehicle matches the description of a
vehicle or person that the police may be on the lookout
for. You may be nervous and
resentful, or concerned about a ticket. However,
officers are very concerned about their safety during
these stops, which explains many of their actions.
These tips will help officers and drivers stay safe
during a traffic stop.
- When pulled over, drive safely to a place
out of traffic. Do not get out of your car
unless the officer asks you to step out. You
must present your driver’s license, vehicle
registration and proof of insurance. Tell the
officer where it is before reaching for it.
- Sit calmly, with your hands visible
on the steering wheel. Passengers
should sit quietly with their hands visible.
Avoid sudden movements or ducking in the seat;
these actions can alarm the officer.
- At night, turn on your dome light; it's the
law in NJ. For safety, the officer will want to
see inside the car before approaching the
- If you receive a ticket, it does not help to
argue. You have the right to
challenge it in court.