What to Do if You’re Pulled Over

What is your reaction if you’re driving down the road and look behind you to see a police car with the red and blue lights flashing? It’s normal to get anxious or upset when you’re pulled over, but the experience doesn’t have to be scary or dangerous.

Even if you know that you were breaking the law and may end up with a ticket (speeding, expired registration, or even driving impaired, etc.), there are some simple steps you can take to keep a standard traffic stop from escalating into something much more serious.

To minimize conflicts between drivers and law enforcement, and to make traffic stops a much safer event for all involved, the Missouri State Highway Patrol offers a brochure titled What to Do If You Are Stopped.