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Traffic Safety

Traffic Stop Information

What should I do if I am stopped by the police?

Being stopped by a police officer can be a significant emotional event in your life. We can assure you that the officer will complete all necessary duties and release you as soon as possible. As members of the Oshkosh Police Department, we have developed this guide to help you understand why you might be stopped by an officer and how you can expect to be treated. It is important for you to understand what you can expect when an officer stops you. The following are some suggestions on how to act and help the officer complete his or her duties.

Our actions during a traffic stop are guided by the fact that many police officers are assaulted or killed each year during vehicle stops. Our goal is to protect you and to ensure our own safety as well. We thank you for your cooperation.

What should I do if I am pulled over in my car?

  • Slow down and safely pull over to the side of the road.
  • Watch for other emergency vehicles approaching.
  • Remain in your vehicle during the entire stop.
  • Do not make any suspicious or sudden movements as they could be considered threatening to the officer.
  • If the officer requests you to exit your vehicle, you must comply.

What to expect from the Officer:

  • The officer will approach your vehicle when they feel it is safe to do so.
  • The officer will identify themselves and explain why you are being stopped and ask for your driver’s license and insurance card.
  • The officer may ask you if you have any reason explaining your driving behavior.
  • The officer has the right to and may ask for identification of other passengers in the vehicle.
  • The officer may issue and explain to you a traffic citation, written or vehicle defect warning.
  • If you are issued a traffic citation, please do not argue with the officer.
  • You have the right to contest a citation before a judge at a later time.