pull over to the nearest right-hand edge or curb of the roadway.
car over as close as possible to the curb of the roadway and stay clear
of any intersections. Put your vehicle in park and take your foot off
remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has
either passed or wait for the deputy to approach your car.
IF YOU ARE BEING PULLED OVER AND AN DEPUTY IS APPROACHING
Stay in your
vehicle and keep your hands visible and leave your seatbelt on.
If it is
dark outside, turn on your interior vehicle light.
your window so you can pass documents to the deputy.
directions of the deputy.
Carolina law requires drivers to show their license, registration and
proof of insurance upon request.
with the deputy and ask for an explanation if something is unclear.
that accepting the citation is not an admission of guilt - you will have
the opportunity to contest the citation in court later.
WHY WAS I PULLED OVER?
Law enforcement officers may conduct a traffic stop any
time they have a reasonable suspicion that an occupant of the car is
committing or has committed a violation of the law. You should be
respectful and follow the directions given if you are pulled over, even
if you don’t agree with the reason for the stop; on the side of the road
is not the place to dispute the stop. You will have an opportunity to
tell your side of the story in court if you choose. Richland County
deputies are expected to be professional and courteous, but firm when
enforcing the law. If you are concerned by a deputy’s actions during the
stop, you should report it to the Sheriff’s Department so that the
Department and Citizen’s Advisory Council can review it.
REASONS FOR A STOP
stop a motorist for these reasons:
cause of any criminal offense
Reasonable suspicion of criminal activity based on personal
observations and information from other officers, the police radio or
infractions such as darkly tinted
equipment or failing to signal
STOPPING A VEHICLE
may stop a vehicle,
if the deputy reasonably suspects that the driver
in the vehicle has committed,
is committing or is about to commit a crime.
The officer is not required to have
probable cause to arrest the individual
time of the traffic stop.