latest PepsiMax commercial with Nascar Driver
Jeff Gordon disguised as a taxi driver reminds
me of the position that some our drivers are in
when confronted by law enforcement
officials.. The flashing lights of a
squad car in a rear view mirror fill many
drivers with dread. "Am I really being pulled
over?" you might wonder. Although no one likes
being pulled over, it's essential to show a law
enforcement officer that you're cooperating.
From the moment those lights come on, the
officer is observing your behavior, and the way
you respond may affect whether or not you
receive a ticket. So as soon as you see those
flashing lights behind you, turn on your right
turn signal and pull over to the right as
quickly -- but also as safely -- as
possible. It is important to make sure
that you are able to pullover in a place that is
safe, flat and solid. Again, it's important to
show the officer that you're cooperating, and by
stopping safely as near where the violation
occurred, you may have a better sense of what
happened. You will also be able to make
observations about the area that can help you if
you contest the ticket, such as noting an
obstructed speed limit sign or that a new yield
sign is in place.
you have safely pulled over, turn off the
engine, roll down your window all the way and
place your hands on the steering wheel. Do
not get out of the truck unless asked by the
officer. If it's dark, turn on the interior
lights in your truck. Don't make any sudden
movements, and don't rummage through your
belongings looking for your wallet until you are
asked for documentation. Remember that law
enforcement officers are killed every year while
conducting routine traffic stops, so it's
understandable that an officer may treat you
with suspicion. Respond accordingly by being
cooperative and do not give any cause for alarm.
OK to greet the officer, but it's wise to wait
for the officer to ask you a question. He or she
will likely ask for your driver's license,
medical certificate, logbook and vehicle
registration. It's important to give the officer
these documents when asked and not question why.
However, if you are pulled over by an unmarked
car or aren't sure if the person is a police
officer, it's acceptable to wait to roll down
your window until the person has identified
himself or herself as an officer.
talking with the officer, don't admit any guilt.
It's acceptable to give simple yes or no answers
to questions. If an officer decides to give you
a ticket, his or her mind is already made up,
and it's very unlikely you'll be able to argue
your way out of it. Anything you say could later
be used in court, should you choose to contest
the ticket, so be mindful of what you say.
Never try to bribe the officer -- this is
not only highly unethical but it is also a
a traffic stop, an officer can only search your
truck if there's probable cause to believe
you're concealing something illegal or if he or
she believes that you are dangerous. Before
approaching a motorist he or she has pulled
over, an officer usually looks for movement by
the driver, such as one shoulder dipping down,
something that would indicate that the driver is
attempting to hide something underneath a seat
or in a compartment.
an officer asks you to get out of your truck,
it's once again important to cooperate. Once you
are out of the truck, the officer may pat you
down, and if anything illegal or suspicious is
found, he or she may then search your truck. If
your truck becomes impounded, it can also be
legally searched then.
officer might ask you to sign your ticket, but
depending on state law, you may not have to.
Signing a ticket is not an admission of guilt.
It just means that you agree to pay the fine or
to appear in court.
you have a citation in your hand, what are your
Plea: You could just pay it which is a
guilty plea and go on down the road unless the
judge demands you show up in court.
Plea: You could plead not guilty and
get a court date, where you could return to the
court and defend yourself.
the Citation: You could just ignore it
and hope it goes away. This is NOT
recommended as the law enforcement will
eventually catch up with you and suspend your
license and fines will be increased with
about the citation received during an inspection
where the officer writing the citation is judge,
jury and executioner?
that situation you can do a DataQ Challenge, but
you will need to provide all the documentation
you can as well as present your case. Know
the regulations as this will help you determine
if you have a chance in fighting the
violation. Whenever possible cite
regulation to substantiate your position..
If you can convince the officer he made a
mistake, then he will remove or reduce the
citation and the points on your CSA.
is a driver shortage out there right now;
however a lot of that shortage is caused because
carriers refuse to hire drivers with too many
points on the CDL or CSA. You should do a
DataQ Challenge on any inspection you receive
where the officer puts points on your CSA that
you are in disagreement with.
follow the law and be a safe driver, but if the
time comes when you do receive a citation, be
smart about the steps you take afterward and it
could save you money and your career.
Emergency Vehicle is approaching
to the nearest edge of the roadway and come to a
complete stop until all emergency vehicles have
alert to the approach of more than one emergency
vehicle. Be sure to check your rearview
mirror before pulling back on the travel
the volume of your radio to a level that will
not interfere with your ability to hear
approaching emergency vehicles.
your turn signal when pulling off the
road. This sends a message to the
emergency vehicle operator that you are aware of
any intersection. Blocking intersections,
even when attempting to yield to an emergency
vehicle is dangerous.
an emergency vehicle responding to an emergency
closer than 500 feet. It's against the
on a bridge, curve or crest of a hill, instead,
activate your turn signal and proceed forward
until you can safely pull over and come to a
on you brakes or stop directly in front of an
emergency vehicle. Large trucks require
more stopping distance than a passenger
car. Stopping abruptly in front of any
large vehicle can have deadly