If you are in a car and the police let you know, in their own special way, that you should stop your car, remember these 5 important rules:
- Stop the car in a safe place as quickly as possible. Turn off the car, turn on the internal light, open the window part way and place your hands on the wheel.
- Be safe and avoid Police Impersonators. If the officer is in an unmarked car and is not wearing a uniform, see our 5 Important Rules for Avoiding Police Impersonators
- Upon request, show police your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.
- If an officer or immigration agent asks to look inside your car, you can refuse to consent to the search. But if police believe your car contains evidence of a crime, your car can be searched without your consent.
- Both drivers and passengers have the right to remain silent. If you are a passenger, you can ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says yes, sit silently or calmly leave. Even if the officer says no, you have the right to remain silent.