I've been in the passenger seat of many traffic stops, and they almost always end in either death or arrest because the driver doesn't know how to deal with one. I'm here to explain how to properly deal with a traffic stop.
When pulling to the side of the road, make sure you take into account the safety of those around you & yourself. You will have to stop with your left wheels on the curb or on a bike lane if available. Do not pull over on a corner, exit, garage, etc. If there is not a proper spot to pull over, drive just a few yards to a proper spot.
What to do when stopped
Once your have pulled onto a proper spot, follow these simple steps:
• Turn your engine off as soon as you stop. • Roll down your window if not already down. • Keep your hands on the steering wheel at 3 & 9 o'clock. • Wait for the officer to walk over to your door.
The most important thing about a traffic stop is how you react as soon as you're pulled over. If an officer notices you're acting nervous, angry, etc. they will automatically suspect something is going on. If you keep calm, they will not be as hostile towards you, which can avoid you a trip to jail, or death.
Another thing that helps when being stopped is greeting the officer when they approach your window. A simple "Hello, officer" or "Morning, sir" can let them know you are friendly & will clear tension from the stop.
*Your hands must be visible at all times*
*Do not reach for any documents until requested to do so by the officer*
Officers tend to ask basic questions once stopped. The most common is "Do you know why I pulled your over today?". When they ask this question, always answer no. Even if you know why you were pulled over, reassure your assumption by letting the officer tell you.
Only answer questions the officer asks. Everything you say can be used against you, so chose your words wisely.
Here's an example of a good answer to a question:
- "Where are you coming from?"
- "My homie's house, offica'."
Here's an example of a bad answer to a question:
- "Where are you coming from?"
- "Crystal Gardens, offica'. Went with a homie to see what was happenin'. Took a couple drinks, played some poker, y'know."
With an answer like this, the officer now knows you have been drinking, where you frequent, what you did there, who you know, which gang you are possibly affiliated with & where you're coming from.
Have something illegal?
Officers cannot see through your car or clothes. They do not know what you are holding, which is another reason why they take extreme precaution. If you have a weapon, you are most likely hiding it already. Same thing goes with drugs. Don't panic.
Do not toss anything out the window. Not only will the officer automatically notice it, he will arrest you & your passengers, when he would have probably just given you a verbal warning for whatever you did.
I've been in many situations where I'm carrying a full two ounces of weed in my car, as well as a weapon & I've gotten away without the officer even noticing. Which brings me to my next point...
You know you don't have to let a cop search you,right? According to the fourth amendment, you have the right to deny a search. The only time a police officer can search you without your consent is when they have a warrant or if they are highly suspicious. A simple phrase can help you get out of a search without being rude or loud. "I do not consent to searches". Now, don't get me wrong, an officer may still search you if they are suspicious, but that is not likely.
This phrase can even help with a pat down. If you are ordered to step out of the car, do not let the officer search you. Knowing this phrase can make you avoid arrest, or death. It will also let you keep your contraband, as well as avoid you wasting your time.
I'll include these two videos to show you how all of this comes into play. They aren't some boring documentary, they're just scenarios & they are pretty insightful.
*If I think of other subjects I should add, I'll update the topic. If you think I should add something, let me know*
- CharlieSN95 (Thread starter)