BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — There’s arguably no worse feeling than driving down the street and seeing those red and blue flashing lights behind you.
No one likes being pulled over, but it doesn’t have to be a bad experience!
In this Police Rapport, we ran through some mock scenarios with the Bentonville Police Department to offer these tips next time you’re busted behind the wheel.
At one point or another, it happens to us all.
“There’s traffic stops each and every day,” said Sgt. Gene Page with the Bentonville Police Department.
When you see those lights in your rearview mirror, your heart drops. If you’ve felt this before, don’t worry, you’re not alone!
“That doesn’t mean you are a bad person, it just means you are human,” Sgt. Page said.
Sgt. Gene Page wants to ease your fears, so the next time you’re face-to-face with Northwest Arkansas’ finest, it’ll be quick and painless for both you and the officer.
“You have two different perspectives in the exact same interaction, so we want to make sure we keep both sides safe. And then once they do come together, we can expedite that and get you on the road a lot quicker,” Sgt. Page said.
First things first, when you get pulled over, keep your hands in plain sight. Don’t make sudden movements which could startle an officer.
“They have no idea when they make that traffic stop who is in that vehicle. Did that person just commit a murder or is that someone just trying to get home,” Sgt. Page said.
Next, keep quiet. If you try to talk your way out of a ticket, Sgt. Page says you might end up incriminating yourself!
“It’s not a time of court, its not a time for argument, and you don’t have to plead your case,” Sgt. Page said.
And finally, be patient and keep your cool. The numbers show you’re more likely to drive away with a warning than with any new paperwork.
“Most traffic stops end in just warnings, sometimes verbal, sometimes written. But that’s a good thing to know, and hopefully that will bring your stress level down if you do get stopped,” Sgt. Page said.
Remember, these officers are primarily concerned about safety, not only for you, but for themselves, as well. Cooperating with the police will be the quickest way for you to get back on the road.
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