WHAT EVERY NEW JERSEY

MOTORISTS SHOULD KNOW!

 

A GUIDE TO EXPLAIN:

WHAT HAPPENS IF A POLICE OFFICER STOPS YOUR VEHICLE

 

Submitted by Officer Frank Haggerty

 

CONFIRMING, SUPPORTING AND STRENGTHENING THE CITIZEN AND POLICE PARTNERSHIP

 

WHY WAS I STOPPED?

 

STEPS TO FOLLOW IF YOU ARE STOPPED:

 

 

COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT POLICE PROCEDURES:

 

Q.        “WHY DID THE OFFICER SEEM TO SNEAK UP ALONG SIDE OF MY CAR?”

A.        POLICE OFFICERS ARE TRAINED TO MINIMIZE THEIR EXPOSURE TO TRAFFIC AND THEREFORE, REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD THAT THEY WILL BE INJURED.   

 

Q.        “IF IT’S ONLY A MINOR OFFENSE, WHY DID TWO OR THREE OFFICER SHOW UP?”

A.        A SECOND OFFICER IS USUALLY ASSIGNED, EVEN ON A ROUTINE MOTOR VEHICLE STOP AS PART OF A STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE.  THIS PROVIDES SAFETY AND SECURITY FOR BOTH THE OFFICER AND THE OCCUPANTS OF THE STOPPED VEHICLE.  OFFICERS ARE TRAINED THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A ROUTINE MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC STOP DUE TO THE FACT THAT MORE OFFICERS ARE INJURED DURING TRAFFIC STOPS THAN DURING ANY OTHER WORK RELATED PROCEDURE.

 

Q.        “WHY DO OFFICERS SIT IN THE CAR FOR SO LONG?  WHAT ARE THEY DOING?”

A.        THE OFFICER IS VERIFYING YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES AND VEHICLE REGISTRATION STATUS THROUGH THE STATEWIDE COMPUTER SYSTEM.  THOUGH THE OFFICER HAS ACCESS TO YOUR MOTOR VEHICLE RECORDS, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE VEHICLE OPERATOR TO PROVIDE THE PROPER DOCUMENTS (DRIVER’S LICENSE, VEHICLE REGISTRATION, PROOF OF VEHICLE INSURANCE).

 

DID YOU KNOW? 

 

CARRY PROPER IDENTIFICATION:

 

MONITOR OCCUPANTS – DRIVER’S RESPONSIBILITY:

 

IT IS NOT OUR ENDEAVOR TO SIMPLY ENFORCE LAWS AND STATUTES THROUGH CITATIONS AND SUMMONS, BUT RATHER TO PROMOTE A HEALTHY AND COHESIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MOTORING PUBLIC IN WHICH SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS ARE THE TOP PRIORITY.

 

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MATERIAL USED AS REFERENCE IS PRODUCED BY THE BERGEN COUNTY POLICE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION