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If you are pulled over by the police in Ohio, keep calm and help everyone involved stay safe by following these simple guidelines:
- Pull over and stop your car. Put the car in park (or neutral and apply the parking brake if it’s a standard shift vehicle).
- If it’s dark outside, leave your lights on and turn on the dome light.
- Remind yourself and any passengers to keep calm, move slowly, and keep hands in plain sight throughout the traffic stop.
- If you plan to record the traffic stop with your phone, place your phone on the dashboard so it doesn’t interfere with traffic stop procedure.
- Be polite and courteous to the police. Nobody likes getting a ticket, but don’t take your frustration out by being rude. Police officers do an extremely tough, dangerous, and important job, so make their day (and yours) a little smoother by being respectful during the traffic stop.
- As the driver, you are required to provide your driver’s license, proof of vehicle registration, and proof of insurance when the officer requests them. Tell the officer where you will be reaching for those documents when they are requested.
- Passengers do not necessarily have to provide information to the police. They may ask the officer to explain the reason for the traffic stop, whether they are suspected of doing anything illegal, and whether they are being detained or are free to leave. If they are free to leave, they may remain silent and wait for the traffic stop to conclude. If the officer explains that they are detained or suspected of illegal activity, passengers should provide their name, date of birth, and address to avoid obstruction or failure to disclose charges.
- Avoid arguing with police officers during a traffic stop. Even if you think your rights are being violated, the roadside is not the right place to litigate those issues. Remain calm, clear, and respectful if you ask questions or disagree with the police.
- At the conclusion of the traffic stop, verify that you are free to go. Take a moment to relax and remember everything that happened, then safely pull back onto the road and drive away.
- Finally, call your lawyer to discuss the traffic stop, any citations you received, and how to proceed.
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