WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE STOPPED.
vehicle as far out of the travel lane as possible.
Turn on the
Keep your hands
in view at all times, preferably on the steering wheel.
Wait for the officer
to request your license and registration.
Relax and STAY
IN YOUR VEHICLE.
The officer will
explain the reason for the motor vehicle stop.
DO NOT argue with the officer, if
you think that you have been wrongly cited the correct procedure is to request
a hearing through the district court.
WHY DID YOU STOP ME?
violations are the most common reasons for motor vehicle stops. These include
but are not limited to:
Marked lanes violations
Failure to yield
violations i.e. broken headlight, taillight, plate light, and obstructed
WHY DID THE OFFICERÖ
v Why did the officer sneak up on my vehicle?
ō SAFETY.† Officers are trained to minimize the risk of
danger to themselves and the operator of the vehicle stopped.† Many officers are injured or killed while
making traffic stops each year.
v WHY WERE THERE TWO OR THREE OFFICERS AT MY STOP?
ō AGAIN SAFETY. †Officers in the vicinity of a traffic stop will
routinely back up their fellow officer to reduce the likelihood of the officer
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
All operators are
required to have in their possession their driverís license and registration
for the vehicle.† It is recommended that
your driverís license be kept somewhere where it is easily accessible.† The Webster Police Department strongly urges
drivers not to keep their
driverís license underneath the driverís seat.†
As this is a popular spot to hide a weapon, an operator that reaches
under the seat on a traffic stop will heighten the officerís awareness and may
change the demeanor of the officer until safety is again established.
in the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts is a
privilege, not a right.† Although an
officer can verify the status of your driverís license if you donít have it in
possession, they are not required to; the burden of proof is on you, the
operator.† You can still be fined if your
license is in good standing if you do not have it in your possession.
is an ARRESTABLE OFFENSE if you are an out of state
operator and do not have your license in your possession while driving in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts regardless if your license in that state is in
good standing or not.