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CopTalk: The Dos and Don'ts of a Car Stop

A routine traffic stop can have any number of outcomes—from a polite warning to the use of lethal force. This video shows drivers the safest, smartest ways to interact with a police officer during a car stop. Written, produced, and hosted by a veteran patrolman, the program explains exactly how to park, behave, and speak when pulled over by a cop. Finding a nearby, well-lit area; staying inside the vehicle; refraining from sudden or alarming movements; keeping a respectful tone; and being aware of an officer’s perspective and working conditions—these and other topics are covered, along with tips on court procedures and night driving. Helpful Q&A segments featuring teen drivers round out the program. (23 minutes)

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Police Officer Interaction in the U.S.
All drivers should know what to do, how to behave, and how to communicate with police officers during a car stop. Understanding safe and appropriate behavior can help drivers avoid traffic court and possibly, jail.