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Facts about traffic stops in New York

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2022 | DUI

Traffic stops are an important part of law enforcement, but they can also be a source of confusion for drivers. Some people find it hard to manage the situation when they are pulled over mainly because they don’t understand their rights and what is happening. Knowing what to expect and what traffic stops are is important for every driver, especially when it comes to avoiding abuse.

Why do police officers stop traffic?

One of the primary purposes of traffic stops is to enforce traffic laws. Officers are often looking for traffic violations, such as speeding, running a red light or driving without a seat belt. They may also stop drivers if they have a reason to believe that the driver is driving while intoxicated.

What should you do when an officer pulls you over?

When you see the flashing lights in your mirror, it’s important to remain calm and pull over as soon as possible. Try to find a safe place to do so, such as on the side of the road or in a parking lot. Once you’ve stopped, turn off your car and put your hands on the wheel.

You should then wait for the officer to come to your car. The officer will likely ask for your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. You should answer any questions the officer has politely and honestly. If you don’t understand a question, feel free to ask for clarification.

Can you refuse to talk to the officer?

You are not required to speak with the officer if you don’t want to. However, traffic violations are not criminal offenses, and you cannot be arrested for refusing to talk with the officer unless there is a special circumstance.

You can refuse a search of your car, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen anyway. If the officer starts searching your vehicle, do not interfere because doing so could lead to an arrest or other charges.

Traffic stops are treated by police officers as an important part of traffic safety and enforcement. However, the more you know about traffic stops and your rights, the better prepared you’ll be to handle them.