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Continued from Last Week:

What to Do When Stopped by Law Enforcement – Part 2

Last week we talked about what to do if stopped by a law enforcement officer and how to interact during the encounter.  Let’s continue that discussion today.  Law enforcement officers conduct traffic stops because they observe a traffic violation or are conducting a police investigation. Being stopped by a law enforcement officer can be a stressful experience but knowing what to do during the stop will help ensure your safety, the safety of other motorists, and the safety of the officer.

▪ The officer will usually explain why they stopped you and may ask you questions about your trip. If the officer is not in uniform they will show you their law enforcement credentials or you may ask to see them.

▪ If there is a firearm or other weapon in the vehicle, DO NOT attempt to reach for the weapon. Instead, tell the law enforcement officer when he or she approaches the vehicle that there is a weapon in the vehicle. Describe the type of weapon and inform the officer where the weapon is located. If you have a concealed handgun permit, you MUST also inform the officer of that fact.

▪ DO NOT exit the vehicle or allow any passengers to exit the vehicle unless instructed to do so by the officer.

▪ If your driver license and/or vehicle registration is not readily accessible, do not reach under the seats and do not open the glove box or other compartments and begin searching for your license or registration unless you are asked to do so by the officer. Remain calm and refrain from engaging in sudden or unnecessary movements during the traffic stop.

▪ Do not talk on a cell phone while interacting with the officer during the stop. The officer has to be able to give you and your passengers detailed instructions so you will understand what is expected of you. If you receive a telephone call during the traffic stop, the officer will tell you whether or not to answer the telephone call.

▪ Listen carefully to the officer and follow his or her instructions. Give the officer your full attention. If you do not understand an instruction, calmly inform the officer that you do not understand the instruction and ask him or her to repeat or explain their instruction.

To be continued….                                         Source:  NC Department of Motor Vehicles