1. Stopped by Police Tips
  2. Crime Prevention
When stopped by police, remember:
  • A police officer may pull you over at any time for a traffic offense or police investigation.
  • When you see the red and blue lights and/or hear the siren, remain calm and safely pull over to the right side of the road as soon as possible.
  • Remain in your vehicle unless the officer advises you otherwise.
  • Keep your hands on the steering wheel where the officer can see them.
  • Avoid any sudden movements, especially toward the floorboard, rear seat, or passenger side of the vehicle.
  • Do not immediately reach for your license or other documents until the officer requests them. Arizona State Law requires drivers to show their license, vehicle registration and insurance card upon request.
  • If your documents are out of reach, tell the officer where they are before you reach for them.
  • If you have a weapon in the vehicle, promptly notify the officer of its location.
  • If the stop occurs during darkness, turn on your dome or interior lights so the officer can easily see the interior of your car.
  • If there are passengers in your vehicle, encourage them to remain quiet and cooperative with instructions.
  • The officer may issue you a ticket.  If you feel the reason is vague or unclear, ask the officer for details.
  • Avoid becoming argumentative.  Arguing will not change the officer's mind. If you want to contest the violation, you will have an opportunity to address the matter in court.
  • Be honest with the officer.  If you really didn't see the stop sign, or were unaware of the speed limit, let the officer know.  Being honest about the situation never hurts.
  • Finally, if you receive a ticket, accept it calmly.  Accepting is not an admission of guilt.