"What should I do if I'm pulled over?"
That's a great question! Let's focus on traffic stops since that is the primary reason you may be pulled over.
When you see the emergency lights behind you, you should begin looking for a safe place to pull over. Officers dont want you to stop in an unsafe area that may get either of you hurt, so pull far into the shoulder, or exit the freeway if possible. You can let us know that you see us, and are looking for a safe spot by turning on your hazards. STAY IN THE CAR...we'll come to you.
As the officer is letting dispatch know where he is and making sure he isnt stepping into traffic, be patient. You can go ahead and roll your window down, but avoid digging around in your vehicle or rummaging through consoles. Bonus points though, if you turn on interior lights at night so its easier to see or if you roll down rear windows that are tinted real dark.
Everyone knows what comes next when the officer makes contact, but wait for the request before retrieving your Driver's License and Insurance cards. If you want to tell the officer, "Its in my purse, my back pocket, the glove box, etc" before reaching for it, we find that very courteous.
The officer will explain why you were pulled over. You may or may not agree, but realize that this isnt the appropriate time for an argument. You might be issued a warning, in which you need to take no other action aside from addressing any issues discussed (new lightbulbs, etc.) or you may be issued a citation. In that case, the officer will explain what you need to do. (This includes how to handle a citation you dont agree with)
The other BIG one we get is if you have a License to Carry (LTC) and are armed and get pulled over. Its simple. Let the officer know you have a LTC and are armed with weapon ON you, armed with the weapon IN the vehicle, or unarmed BEFORE you reach for anything else. The officer will guide you from there, but there's no reason to be handling a firearm before or during a traffic stop. We pull people over all the time who have firearms (Yeah Texas) and it works out just fine.
Hopefully we've given you some new information, refreshed your memory, or given you some information you can pass on to a new or young driver you may know. Thanks to our citizens for helping keep us safe as we do our best to serve YOU!