- Keep your insurance, driver's license and registration current. These are the only three things you are required to display to a police officer on demand.
- Just say NO...To illegal searches! Preserve your Fourth Amendment Rights. If a police officer asks to search your vehicle, you have the right to "Just Say No".
- Don't tailgate! Increasingly, I am asked to represent persons involved in rear end collisions. Often, the car following behind is found to be at fault for following too closely. Give the car in front of you apx. one car length for every ten miles of speed. At stoplights, try to keep at least a half car length behind the car in front of you in case of emergency. As Lennon/McCartney once said, "Get Back!"
- Keep your car in good running condition especially regarding necessary safety equipment such as lights, horn, turn signals etc. A police officer has probable cause to stop and detain a vehicle if it is observed operating without necessary safety equipment.
- Turn signals : USE THEM! In most jurisdictions, drivers can be cited for failing to use turn signals, even when changing lanes or at intersections where there appear to be no other drivers. Even a hand signal is better than nothing.