My father who has since passed was a police officer for 25 years. Needless to say I grew up around the police as all of my fathers friends were police officers as well. Now I have only been pulled over twice in my entire life but I have seen some people do some kooky things when being pulled over.
When you see the lights flashing behind you:
1.) Put your blinker on and immediately pull off to the shoulder as soon as it is safe to do so. Pull as far over as you can, the police officer will appreciate the room (and not being hit by a careless motorist while talking to you). Most police will actually pull their car over not as far as you did so their car acts as a barrier while they are talking to you. They may even come up on your passenger side if traffic is really thick.
2.) Put on your hazard lights.
3.) If it is night time turn on your interior light so the officer can see inside your vehicle while he is still inside his. He will appreciate that as well.
4.) Keep your hands on the steering wheel until the officer comes up to your window and starts to speak with you.
5.) I keep my registration and insurance card in the glove compartment. If you do as well explain that to the officer and ASK if it ok for you to retrieve them.
6.) BE POLITE...if you are a dick you will most certainly be getting a ticket.
7.) Be honest, don't try and bullshit them as they have heard it all.
I have found that if you follow these tips most officers may give you a break or warning. If you did something really stupid or they see you have a bad driving record most times you will be getting a ticket no matter how nice you were.
In SC it is legal to have a loaded weapon in the center console, trunk or glove compartment. If you do TELL the officer.
If you are a Concealed Weapon Permit holder and are packing, I would hand my permit over with my license. The police officer may or may not say a word. He may ask you if you are currently carrying. Just be sure to follow his instructions explicitly to avoid having him feel uncomfortable with the situation...because nothing good will come of that.
Let's face it, many people don't like or distrust the police...whatever your feelings, these guys have a tough job and have to worry about making it home to their families in one piece every night...so give them a break and they may just do the same for you.
...that is all.
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