What should I do if I am pulled over?
If you are pulled over you should do the following:
When you see the flashing lights, look for a safe place to pull over. Don't stop in the middle of the street. If there is a parking lot on the right, slow down and pull into it.
Keep your hands visible when the police officer walks up. Police officers have a dangerous job and you want to let them know you are a law-abiding citizen who is no threat to them.
Be courteous. You haven't gotten the ticket yet.
Have your Proof of Insurance and Registration in a separate envelope or container readily available in your glove compartment or center console. You might want to put it in a ziploc bar so it stands out from all of the other maps and papers that may be in there.
If you have a Concealed Pistol License, tell the officer and indicate if you have any firearms in the vehicle.
If you do get a ticket, still be courteous and respectful. You don't want the officer to remember a bad attitude when you are in court later. Accept the ticket, then call me.
Do the police have pull you over and ask for your proof of auto insurance to know if you are currently insured?
Here is a quick note, police can now tell if your insurance is current when they run your plates. Well, at least as current as the month of April 2015. You can be pulled over.
When they run a license plate on an in-car computer, it will tell them if the driver of the vehicle has insurance that's valid or not.
In addition to this, The 1st and 15th of each month, insurance companies submit reports to the Michigan Secretary of State informing them who is insured, this has been in place for some time, but the information was not immediately available to police through the Law Enforcement Information Network, or LEIN previously.
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Know your rights and stay informed. Always be prepared to know what to do when you are pulled over.
If you do get a speeding ticket, fighting a traffic ticket can be worth the overall cost to hire an attorney.
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