Driving to Prom? Do You Know What To Do If You Are Pulled Over?

It's that time of year again. Girls are picking out their dresses, and the boys are finding that perfect suit or Tux. Prom is right around the corner. The excitement is building, and so are the distractions. So once you and your date are in the car, do you know what to do if you suddenly see flashing red and blue lights in the rear view mirror? Do you know what you should do if you are asked to pull over?

 Here are six things you should do if you are pulled over.

  • When you see the lights or hear the siren, use your turn signal and move slowly into the right lane, and then when its safe, move to the emergency lane. Your turn signal and the slower speed will let the officer know that you saw him/her and that you are pulling over.
  • Once you are safely pulled over, roll your window down and turn off your engine.
  • Do not make any sudden movements. Let the officer make contact first. That means don't look under your seat, look through your purse, or dig in the glove box.  
  • Keep your hands visible. Ideally, leave them on the steering wheel. Officers approaching vehicles during traffic stops are on high alert. They don't know you or if you have a weapon. Keeping your hands visible keeps the situation from escalating.
  • Remain calm. Answer the officers questions, and when asked, provide your driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance. It helps if these documents are easily retrievable. You don't want to fumble around for them while the officer waits, and worse yet, not even know where these documents are kept.
  • When the officer says you can go, use your turn signal and ease back into traffic.
  • Finally, be safe! Prom's are exciting and it's easy to get carried away with all the dancing and fun, but when you are behind the wheel of a car, your eyes and attention must be on the road--not your date, no matter how beautiful he or she is. So drive safely! 

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