What to Do when Stopped by the Police!

Maybe not as funny as Chris Rock, but we’ll cover the basics:

1. Be polite. Be respectful. “Yes, sir” and “yes, ma’am” go a long way. That’s not to say you can’t be yourself, converse, and ask questions. Just don’t be argumentative or sarcastic.

2. Follow the Golden Rule. Put yourself in the shoes of the policeman. Realize the police pull over some crazy characters; it’s a safety issue for them. Before I asked some police friends what they preferred to happen when they stopped someone, I assumed they’d want me to get out of my car and go to them, pulling my driver’s license out of my wallet on the way. Wrong! Stay in your car. Hands on the steering wheel at 10 and 2. Turn your engine and radio off. Put your phone down. Roll down the window on the side the officer is approaching, and await his instruction rather than digging around for your license and registration beforehand.

3. Don’t even think about trying to run away!