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How to conduct yourself if pulled over 

by a Law enforcement official



The 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. 

Once 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.

It's 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.

When 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 crime.

During 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.

If 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.

An 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. 


When you have a citation in your hand, what are your options?


*Guilty 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. 

*Not-Guilty Plea: You could plead not guilty and get a court date, where you could return to the court and defend yourself. 

*Ignore 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 penalties.


What about the citation received during an inspection where the officer writing the citation is judge, jury and executioner? 


In 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.


There 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.


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Always 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.


An Emergency Vehicle is approaching



Pull to the nearest edge of the roadway and come to a complete stop until all emergency vehicles have passed.


Be alert to the approach of more than one emergency vehicle.  Be sure to check your rearview mirror before pulling back on the travel lane.


Keep the volume of your radio to a level that will not interfere with your ability to hear approaching emergency vehicles.


Use your turn signal when pulling off the road.  This sends a message to the emergency vehicle operator that you are aware of his presence.



Block any intersection.  Blocking intersections, even when attempting to yield to an emergency vehicle is dangerous.


Follow an emergency vehicle responding to an emergency closer than 500 feet.  It's against the law!


Stop 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 complete stop.

Slam 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 consequences

Roadcheck America is coming June 3-5, 2014.... Driving the Point Home!

Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period in early June.


March 28, 2014
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