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Welcome to all incoming students, and welcome back to all of our returning students. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 21.
If You Are Stopped By Public Safety While In Your Car
As soon as you notice the emergency lights, pull your vehicle over to the right immediately.
Although you might not know the reason, you should pull over right away.
You might have committed some minor traffic violation without realizing it.
There may be some problem with your vehicle of which you are not aware.
Remain in your vehicle while the officer approaches.
Do not attempt to get out of your vehicle or approach the officer.
Exiting your vehicle does not assist the officer and may be perceived as a threat.
For the officer's safety and yours, please stay in your vehicle.
Turn on your interior light if stopped at night.
A lit vehicle cabin will reduce the officer's concern regarding weapons or other possible threats within your reach.
Keep your hands easily observable, preferably on the steering wheel where they can be easily be seen by the approaching officer.
Reaching under your seat or into glove box are actions that will cause the officer concern that you may be reaching for a weapon.
Give your license, registration and proof of insurance to the officer if asked to do so.
The law requires a driver to turn over this information upon request by an officer in uniform or a plain clothes officer who displays proper identification.
Most officers will not provide a specific reason(s) for the stop until they have received your license, registration and proof of insurance. This is to avoid debating the reason for the stop prior to acquiring the necessary information.
If you wish to inquire as to why you were stopped or offer an explanation, do so before the officer returns to his or her vehicle.
Answer all questions honestly. Information pertaining to prior arrests or traffic violations is easily verified via the dispatcher.
Touching or threatening an officer or acting in a disorderly manner could result in the filing of additional charges against you, and you may be arrested.
If the officer asks you to step out of your vehicle, do so without any sudden or threatening movements.
Give the officer approximately 6-8 feet of personal space as a safety zone to do his job.
Remain in your vehicle at all times unless asked to do otherwise.
Do not become argumentative, disorderly or abusive. If an officer has already written a ticket, it cannot be voided at that time. If you believe that you have been unfairly treated, DO NOT make that argument on the side of the road. In the event you are issued a state or college citation, your best alternative is to carry your protest to appeals. Whether an officer issues you a citation or gives you a warning is entirely up to their individual discretion. Your conduct during the stop may influence the officer's decision.