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10 Easy Steps to Keep Officers Safe on the Road

Here are 10 easy steps you can take to make our roadways safer for officers and others and to help decrease officer injuries and fatalities. Please remember these every time you're out on the road. Do your part to keep our peace officers safe!

  1. Focus on driving. Do not talk on your cell phone, eat, hunt for items in your vehicle or engage in other distractions while driving.

  2. Give officers room on the roadway. Slow down, move to the right and stop if possible for emergency vehicles.

  3. Move over. When you see a police vehicle stopped on the side of the road, slow down and, if possible, move one additional lane away from the stop.

  4. Never drive on the shoulder of a highway. Police and other emergency vehicles often use the shoulder to get to traffic crashes and other incidents.

  5. Watch officers' hands as they direct traffic. Follow their directions and drive through the area carefully.

  6. Only drive when sober. Officer deaths caused by drunk drivers increased by more than 30 percent over the last three decades.

  7. Drive within the speed limit. Exceeding the speed limit puts both yourself and others on the road at risk.

  8. Keep the volume on your radio at a reasonable level. Excessive noise can prevent you from hearing an approaching emergency vehicle.

  9. Don't wear headphones while you drive. It's important to be aware of your surroundings and be able to hear emergency vehicles.

  10. Report drunk drivers. If you see a drunk driver, reporting them can prevent a tragedy that could put others at risk.

What Should I Do if I Get Pulled Over by an Officer?

  1. Pull over as soon as possible - usually to the right out of traffic and onto the shoulder if on a highway. (unless the officer directs you otherwise).

  2. Leave enough room for the officer to walk up to the passenger side of your car if you are stopped on the shoulder of a highway.

  3. Put your car in "Park" and be sure to turn off your radio.

  4. Turn on the interior light if being stopped at night.

  5. Always stay in the vehicle unless directed otherwise by the officer. NEVER make a move to get out of the vehicle on your own.

  6. Roll down your window.

  7. Keep both hands where the officer can see them - preferably on the steering wheel. Do not look in your glove compartment, coat pocket or other place inside the vehicle until directed to do so by the officer.

  8. Be prepared to provide the officer with your driver’s license, the registration for the vehicle you are driving and proof of insurance.