Some of you all are doing some things that seriously make me question who’s telling you to do this. The officer pulling you over is going to analyze every little thing you do from the time you spot each other to the time he/she gets up to the window.
1- Be Normal, Stay Calm Chances are you got caught speeding or have a light out somewhere. No big deal!
2- Pull to the Right shoulder ( not the left. Not not even if its the closest sholder)
3- pull over enough so the Officer can approach on the driver side, but also not so far they can’t use a passenger side approach. More Officers are being trained to use a passenger side approach as its safer and actuall allows a better view of the drivers actions.
4- if your windows are tinted, roll them down. If its dark out, turn on your interior lights.
5- have your info handy and give all documents an officer requests. I suggest making a color copy of your CCL, DL, Insurance, and Registration on one page. Laminate it and keep it in your visor. Yes, youre still required to have the original DL and CCL on your person ( vary by state) but at least you can quickly provide at minimum a copy without searching.
6- Be Polite save the argument for the court date, or at least until after you’ve been given the ticket. There is a diffrence between information seeking questions and making accusations. Choose your words and tone carefully.
7- Dont pull a felony stop on yourself. If you start going through the steps of a felony stop before I get out of the squad, I’m gonna finish it for you and put you through the rest of the steps. Seriously.
I’m not gonna give away the handbook and all the tiny cues we look for to determine of there is actual criminal activity afoot. Just know every thing you do and the manner in which you act or react can me combined under the totality of circumstances to form reasonable suspicion or probable cause.