COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Anytime you see the red and blue flashing lights of a police car, it can be disorienting and a little scary.
But some common sense rules, that unfortunately are not always followed, can make a traffic stop - and even an arrest - go smoothly for both you and the police.
A wide variety of sources, from the American Civil Liberties union to minority rights websites, agree that you must follow these rules to stay safe during a stop by police.
Again, you can make a complaint later if you feel mistreated. As much as we want the police to respect us, we must always show the police respect, too.
They are doing a difficult, highly unpredictable, dangerous job. Surprising an officer with sudden moves, even if you don't mean to be threatening, can be tragically misunderstood.
Sudden moves greatly escalate the danger to both of you. Keep calm, listen carefully, follow directions, never argue, be respectful.
Five pretty simple rules that you need to follow, for the safety of both of you.
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