Chances are you or someone you know is going to be on the road – a lot – this week. Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest weeks for travel in the U.S. In fact, during the 6-day Thanksgiving travel period, the number of long-distance trips (to and from a destination 50 miles or more away) increases by 54%. This also means that the number of traffic stops significantly increase as we travel to other places. So whether you’re traveling to OR FROM the state of Maryland, understand that traffic laws vary by state and province.
Here are five tips to help you properly handle a traffic stop.
1. Pull safely off the road, turn your interior light on at night, keep your hands on the steering wheel, and be polite, respectful and cooperative with the police officer.
2. Comply with the officer’s requests for your name, driver’s license, registration, and insurance information. An important thing to note here – effective October 1, all drivers are REQUIRED to provide valid proof of auto insurance. A warning will be issued if a driver cannot provide proof of auto insurance. However, beginning July 1, 2017, all drivers will be fined $50 for failure to produce proof of auto insurance.
3. Do not exit the vehicle unless you are directed to do so by the officer.
4. Do not consent to a search of your car. If the officer searches despite your objection, remember to stay calm, tell the officer that you object to the search, but do not physically resist the search.
Since the likelihood increases that you might be involved in a traffic stop – don’t wait! Check your vehicle now to make sure you have up to date Auto ID cards and remember to change them at each policy renewal.
And remember to keep calm while driving! Stay safe, stay focused, and enjoy your holiday!