What happens at a traffic stop?

| May 2, 2021 | Firm News

Law enforcement officials keep the roads safe and try to prevent people from committing crimes while driving. But even if you are a responsible driver, there may come a day where a law enforcement official pulls you over.

A law enforcement official may pull you over for speeding, having expired registration tags or if you are driving erratically or unsafely. If this ever happens, you should understand what happens during a traffic stop.

When you see the police car

In Alabama, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, there are laws governing speed. For instance, you cannot drive more than 70 mph on interstate highways, more than 65 mph on roads with four or more lanes and more than 25 mph in residential areas. If you are speeding, or suspected of breaking another traffic law, use your turn signal and pull over to the right side of the road as soon as it is safe to do so when you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror.

During the traffic stop

The law enforcement official may ask you a series of questions and ask for some information from you, like your driver’s license and current vehicle registration. Be polite during this process and do not try to argue about the situation. Do not consent to any requests for a vehicle search.

Once the law enforcement official has given you a ticket, accept it and get back on your way. The traffic stop is not the time to argue about whether you violated the law, and you can contest the ticket later on.