TRAFFIC STOPS – WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE PULLED OVER

If you see sirens and lights behind you

  • Immediately pull over to the nearest right-hand edge or curb of the roadway.
  • Pull your car over as close as possible to the curb of the roadway and stay clear of any intersections.
  • Stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has either passed or wait for the officer to approach your car.

IF YOU ARE BEING PULLED OVER AND AN OFFICER IS APPROACHING YOUR CAR

  • Stay in your vehicle and keep your hands visible.
  • If it is dark outside – turn on your interior vehicle light.
  • Follow the directions of the police officer.
  • Florida law requires drivers to show their license, registration and proof of insurance upon request from a police officer.
  • Be honest with the police and ask for an explanation if something is unclear.
  • If you are issued a citation, accept it – even if you don’t agree with it. Accepting the citation is not an admission of guilt and you will have the opportunity to contest the citation in court after the fact.

Reasons for a stop

Police officers may stop a motorists for these reasons:

  • Traffic violations
  • Probable cause to make an arrest
  • Reasonable suspicion of criminal activity based on personal observations and information from other police officers, the police radio or a witness.
  • Outstanding warrants.
  • A police officer can also stop for minor infractions such as darkly tinted windows, inoperative equipment or failing to signal before a turn.