Few drivers are eager to meet with traffic police officers. Yes, there are those who like to have fun pouring hundreds of liters of legal water on the heads of traffic police inspectors. For other motorists, such an acquaintance in the middle of the highway or on one of the city streets is very unpleasant. Despite this, it is vital for every driver to learn how to behave correctly when a traffic police officer stops a vehicle.
Some useful tips for the driver
It is important to remember that patrolmen are people too, and they all do their job, and most of the time they do well. If you have not violated anything and are not transporting prohibited items, the stop on demand will not last long.
To meet with an employee in a more gentle mode, follow the basic rules:
At the first request of the traffic police officer, stop, do not try to ignore the signals of the inspector - this can be fraught with unpleasant consequences.
All these rules will allow you to have a casual conversation with a law enforcement officer for the shortest possible time and go further on your business.
Basic rules of conduct
Stopping vehicles for inspection or inspection in 2021, everything is still allowed in any place where there is at least some kind of road, therefore rule one - at the first signal, you need to stop immediately.
So, you were stopped by a traffic police officer, and you pulled over to the side of the road at his legal request, which is already good. Do not forget that traffic police officers can stop vehicles only to inspect or inspect the car, as well as to check with the database, if, for example, a similar car is stolen or if an employee urgently needs to use your car.
Second rule concerns the last option of stopping, which is possible if someone urgently needs to be taken to the hospital, while the police officer is obliged to accompany the patient to the hospital. Another reason may be a request to take an employee to the point of destination only for urgent business needs. The traffic police officer does not have the right to drive your car on his own. You can also safely refuse to chase the offender's car - this requirement is illegal!
Third rule … If at the place where you stopped on demand, stopping is prohibited, turn on the turn signal flashers and stop. There will be no penalty for this. One of the reasons for stopping in a prohibited area can be a major accident outside of sight, so be careful.
Be sure to follow point fourth rule - Satisfy the employee's request to show all the necessary documents. Do not be rude if for some reason he forgot to introduce himself. Politely ask him to do this and show his documents. Be sure to write down the data and make sure that the document is not expired. If so, call the duty department and follow the duty officer's instructions.
When asked about the presence of weapons or drugs in the car, answer the truth. Do not try to joke, and this fifth rulewhen, in 90 percent of cases, its violation becomes the reason for a thorough search, during which a huge number of other violations can be found.
If you have a weapon, say so directly. Show the documents, open the trunk and convince the traffic police officer of the correct transportation, which will allow you to limit yourself to just one inspection, and this will greatly save your time and nerves.
Rule number six! When filing a violation, demand to draw up a protocol, where you will detail your vision of the situation. Cross out the word "Intruder" and replace it with a more euphonious - "Driver". The protocol will not lose its legal force, and in court such a correction will be a good help in terms of your innocence. In the column “Witnesses,” put a dash so that a whole bunch of people would not appear out of nowhere who saw for sure that you did what you definitely did not do.
For reference! Even if you know the law well, you shouldn't break seventh rule and brag about their knowledge, if the employee does not exceed his authority and is going to conduct a routine inspection, after which, as a rule, the driver goes on his business. This will at least be polite on your part and will not cause disputes that neither he nor you need.
What not to do when meeting with traffic police
Under no circumstances agree to "sort out" the situation on the spot, even if, for example, you have committed a serious violation. Remember - giving a bribe in this case will also be a criminal offense, and an employee's request may turn out to be an ordinary provocation.
Do not rush to get out of the car - the patrolman may regard this as a threat. You should leave the vehicle only at the request of an employee to correct violations - for example, wipe dirty license plates or headlights, or to conduct a trunk search.
Also, do not agree to get out of the car if you have not violated anything, the patrolman is not going to conduct an inspection, and you are not at a stationary traffic police post. The requirement to get out of the car in all other cases is completely illegal.
As for the inspection, do not allow the inspector to arbitrarily open the doors and trunk of the car, touch things and open bags. Unfortunately, this also happens. In this case, be sure to shoot the offense on your phone camera - if something illegal is planted on you, you can always prove your innocence in court.
In general, according to the rules, you must be provided with at least two witnesses for inspection. It is better that you find them yourself, and they are not knowingly interested in any actions of the employee. The inspection is carried out in the direct presence of the driver and attesting witnesses. In this case, the inspector's hands must always be in sight, and the inspector must justify and comment on his actions. During the inspection procedure, you can use video recording, but you cannot distract the inspector with this. It is not recommended to record video unless there is any apparent reason.
The traffic police officer is polite to you, observes all the rules for communicating with drivers, does not exceed the authority - in this case, it is better not to turn on the phone and certainly not poke the inspector in the face, because this can develop a conflict from scratch.
It is important not only to be able to communicate correctly with representatives of the traffic police, but also to comply with the rules of the road - otherwise in the most "difficult" cases you may be threatened very “expensive” fines.