What to do when arrested
If you notice a police car following you with the lights blinking, stop on the side of the road safely and quickly. Wait inside your car for the officer to approach and prepare to do so:
Turn on the light
Turn on the interior light at night and keep your hands at a place where the officer can see them, preferably on the steering wheel.
Keep your hands visible
Do not get under the seat or in the glove compartment. This can make the officer think that you are looking for a weapon or hiding something.
Provide the necessary documentation
Give your license and proof of insurance to the officer if asked. If the officer asks you to get out of your car, do so without sudden or threatening movements.
Keep calm, don’t become argumentative, messy or abusive, and never try to bribe the officer. If a subpoena is issued, submit your story to the traffic court if you believe it has been treated unfairly. It can be represented by a lawyer and, if necessary, will be heard by a judge or magistrate.
Contact your insurance provider
Call your insurance provider to report the claim. Your agent will ask for the documents you receive about the accident and give you important information to fix your car. Find out more about what to do after an accident or a run-over run-off.
Keep your mind calm
Don’t argue or fight with the other driver. Simply exchange contact and insurance information. If possible, also get the name and phone numbers of the witnesses.
Things to know about speeding and traffic laws
Some roads are designated as low-speed areas. These include areas with high pedestrian traffic, such as school zones and streets with many nearby intersections. Driving over the speed limit can put you and others at risk of damage.
- Never pass a stopped bus that has a stop sign on your left. That means the children are crossing the street.
- If you hear a siren behind you, step aside if you can, stop and wait for the police car or fire truck to pass.
- Stop completely at stop signs and look for other drivers and pedestrians before continuing.
- Obey the indicated speed limit at all times. Speeding fines are expensive and speeding penalties can include fines, court appearances and loss or suspension of your driving privileges. In addition, depending on your insurance policy, fines for speeding may increase your rates.
- When parking your vehicle, always consider handicapped signs, fire hydrants, bus stop areas, parking restrictions for certain times of the day, and parking places that require permits. Just remember to pay attention to all the signs. Even if you have to go around the block a couple of times, it is better than receiving a fine or having your car towed.