Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I do if I'm stopped by Police?

Police have the authority to stop a car at any time to determine if the driver has consumed alcohol or drugs, if the car is mechanically fit, that the driver has a valid licence, and whether the car has valid insurance. The most likely reason is a traffic violation.

For many reasons, traffic stops are the most dangerous aspect of police work. More officers are injured or killed conducting routine traffic stops than any other function. Officers must interpret the actions and behaviour of the occupants of the vehicles as well as constantly monitor other traffic. For these reasons, officers are trained in making safe vehicle stops and to follow a set procedure. The way they approach your car is not meant to intimidate you.

If you are directed to stop by a police officer:

  • Slow down and pull as far off to the right side of the road as possible.
  • Stay inside your vehicle unless directed otherwise by the officer.
  • Keep your hands where the officer can see them and don't make any sudden movements.

Be prepared to produce the necessary documents. As the driver of a car, you are required by law, upon demand of a police officer, to surrender a valid driver's licence, the vehicle and plate portions of the vehicle permit, and proof of insurance to the officer. If these documents are in your pocket, purse or glove box, advise the officer and then retrieve them slowly.

As the driver, you are also accountable for the conduct of your passengers, especially if they are acting disorderly, throwing things out the window or hanging out of the window. You are responsible for passengers under 16 years of age.

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