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Ask HPD: Traffic stop

08/06/2014


Q. "What should I do if a police officer is trying to pull me over at night and I can't verify if it is in fact a police officer?"

A. If you are being pulled over in a dark desolate area and are unsure about the circumstances, use your turn signal, drive at a reduced speed, continue to a well-lit or populated area, and pull over. You can also call 911. Give the dispatcher the location and mention that you have been pulled over. The dispatcher can verify if it is an HPD officer initiating the traffic stop on your vehicle. It is also not HPD policy for plain-clothes officers to make traffic stops.

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