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Posted on October 25th, 2016 at 01:54 pm
The Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8 and the associated regulations cover the operation of all vehicles in the Province Of Ontario and the rules of the road.
What is the best way to conduct myself if I am stopped by a police officer while I am driving?
If a police officer signals you to pull over, you are required to do so right away provided that you can pull over safely. Indicate that you have seen the officer and are complying if you have to continue moving to a safer location.
Once you have come to a full stop, turn off your car. If it is dark, turn on the inside overhead lights. Keep your hands on the wheel where they can be seen. Be courteous and cooperative and simply answer the questions you are asked. Do not admit guilt.
A traffic stop is potentially a high risk encounter for a police officer. They are trained to be on guard. Avoid any misunderstandings of your actions. Also, you will not win an argument with a police officer at the side of the road. Your immediate goal is to get off with a warning if possible. Leave any arguments, no matter how valid, for a courtroom. A good attitude is more important.
A traffic ticket, for more than a minor violation, will come with demerit points and can seriously impact the cost of your car insurance. More serious offences can result in severe penalties. We know the Highway Traffic Act and the traffic court procedures. We can advise you on the best course of action and the range of possible outcomes.
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