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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Worried You’ll Get Pulled Over? Be Prepared.

10 Jun Blog | Comments

If you are worried that you won’t remember everything from your driver’s test and will get pulled over by a police officer, you may want to be prepared. Rather than getting frantic when a police officer pulls you over, there are a few things that you can keep in mind so that you will be portrayed as a responsible and mature driver.

1.            Don’t start rambling. The last thing a police officer wants to hear are all the excuses for why you have done what you have done. An officer will not care how bad of a day you have had or if you are late for an appointment. They are required to make sure you uphold the law and if they have to pull you over and ticket you in order to fulfill their job, they will do it. They want to get done with business just as quickly as you do, so let them start the conversation and get on with their day. Besides, maybe you thought you were getting pulled over for something much worse than what they actually pulled you over for. Don’t cook your own goose!

2.            Keep your hands in view. If you’re looking for a good way to have a gun pulled on you, go ahead and start digging around in your purse or glove compartment! Perhaps during traffic school you learned that you will need to show the police officer your driver’s license when you get pulled over. Wait for the officer to ask for it. Let the officer get to your car and start the conversation and actually ask to see your license and registration. If the officer can see your hands and know that you are not getting a weapon ready to use against him, the situation will stay a lot calmer.

3.            Don’t argue or flirt! If you do not agree with the reason that the police officer pulled you over, you can dispute it later to the right authorities. Arguing with a police officer is a good way to upset him and could lead to a situation that you will not want to be in. Answer his questions as politely as possible and just accept the ticket if he gives one to you. If you have a question because you don’t understand the citation, go ahead and ask it kindly. If you think that you will just flirt your way out of a ticket, just stop there! Those kinds of things only happen in the movies and you should just accept the fact that although you are good looking, you broke the law and will have to pay for it.

4.            Stay calm. A majority of ramblings, digging for licenses, arguments, and flirtations are a result of being nervous. If you can just remember to take a deep breath as the police officer approaches your car, your nerves will become more calm. For some people, it’s really scary to get pulled over, but just relax and remember that it happens to even the best of people!


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