Being stopped at night, particularly along a dark stretch of road, can heighten the tension for a motorist and an officer. Officers do not object to drivers proceeding to the nearest well lit area. Simply acknowledge the officer by turning on your flashers and drive at a reduced speed.
If asked to step out of the car, walk to the rear of your vehicle to the side away from the traffic, or as directed by the officer, using the car as a barrier between you and on-coming cars.
The officer will ask you for two important pieces of information, your drivers license and automobile registration. You will be told the reason for the traffic stop.
Please do not attempt to argue with the officer. This may only increase the tension in an already stressful situation.
Depending upon why the officer felt it was necessary to initiate a traffic stop you may, or may not, be given a citation or warning ticket. If you receive a citation you will be advised of a court date which allows you the opportunity to take your case before a judge. Certain traffic violations require that if charged you are taken into custody and must appear before a magistrate.
Once business with the officer is finished, you should merge, with caution, back into the flow of traffic.
Do not assume that the officer knows that you are the perfect, law abiding citizen. Law enforcement can be dangerous work. Officers must be cautious at all times.