In the United States, there are literally millions of traffic crashes every year, on average more than 30,000 involve fatalities. Studies show there is a direct correlation between the number of crashes and the level of enforcement in a particular area. By enforcing traffic statutes, we hope to reduce the number of crashes in our city.
Traffic stops are one of the most dangerous functions performed by law enforcement. Each year dozens of officers are killed by both gunfire and being struck by other vehicles. Should you find yourself being “pulled over” please follow these safety tips in order to ensure both your safety and that of the officer.
- Look for a suitable and safe place to pull off the roadway. Slow down and use your turn signals to show your intentions.
- Do not exit your vehicle unless the officer directs otherwise.
- Wait for the officer to approach and ask for your driver’s license while keeping your hands on the steering wheel. If the stop occurs at night, please turn on your interior lights so the officer can better see inside the vehicle.
- If there is firearm in the vehicle, please tell the officer where it is, without reaching for it, and be prepared to provide your concealed carry permit if asked.
- Be aware that the officer has the legal authority to identify all occupants in the vehicle, as well as the authority to have you or any occupant to exit the vehicle if he/her believes it is necessary for their safety.
If you receive a citation, and believe you did not commit the alleged offense, you have the right to hearing before a judge. If you feel the officer was discourteous, you may contact the on shift supervisor by calling the Communications Center at 251-621-9100.