How to Get Pulled Over

Tension between the public and law enforcement have been high for the past few months and after Monday night’s attack on a Hancock sheriff, it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Misunderstanding during traffic stops can become a life and death struggle.
Hearing a police siren behind you can be a scary situation for drivers, but traffic stops are no walk in the park for law enforcement either. The constant threat of danger keeps police on edge and it can cause misunderstandings with those who don’t interact with police except during traffic stops. During a stop, law enforcement have to not only keep their eyes on the driver and passengers, they also have to keep an eye on the oncoming traffic. Nearly a quarter of officers killed in the line of duty are hit by traffic they never saw coming.
To make traffic stops easier and safer for everyone, here a few tips. Law enforcement would prefer you to help keep your hands where they can see them and not make any sudden movements.
Corp. Benjamin Siebert, with Ms. Hwy Patrol, suggests: “we need you to go as far right and pull off as far as you can on the side of the road and that’s going to help us be safer with traffic. Not only protecting us while we’re out of the vehicle, but also protecting you from getting hit from another vehicle or someone rubbernecking.”
Also, be nice! Corp. Siebert says, “if someone shows courtesy to us, we’re going to be more likely to show them courtesy with a warning, however, don’t break the law. Don’t speed, wear your seatbelt, and chances are you won’t get stopped.”
There are a few things that could make for a bad experience no matter what, if you’re over the limit, you will be arrested. If you failed to click it, you will get a ticket.

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