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How To Survive A Traffic Stop




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Traffic Stop

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Un-Dia-Sin-Fronteras, Tim PaynterUh oh…Red lights in the rear view mirror!  You are getting pulled over!  What should you do?


Pull over!  Sure, but what then?


Any time you get pulled over you should assume you might be arrested.  Therefore, PULL OVER ONTO PRIVATE PROPERTY IF YOU CAN!  That means, turn into a super market or retail store where you can part on private property.  If the officer must arrest you, and you have been well behaved, he may not tow your car if you are legaly parked!


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A lot of surviving a traffic stop is attitude.  Don’t be angry at the officer.  Fish swim, ducks fly and police officers give tickets and arrest people.  It is the nature of the beast.  If you are really well behaved, you will get through most stops as lightly as is possible.


The reason you put your hands on the wheel is to assure the officer you are cooperating.  A cooperative motorist gets farther than a belligerent one does in most cases.  You are also assuring the officer you have no weapons and you do not pose a threat to his life.  Some motorists do pose a threat.

  • Put your hands on the wheel
  • Don’t make any fast moves
  • If your documents are in the glove box advise the officer you need to go into the glove box.  He won’t think you are pulling a weapon if you explain your moves in advance.
  • Turn on the dome light if it is after dark.

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By now you are parked in a safe place on private property instead of a roadway.  You have rolled down your window enough to hear what the officer has to say.  Your hands are on the wheel and you are sitting in a relaxed state.  Now it is time to produce documents.

  • Have your license, insurance and registration ready.
  • If you don’t have a license, produce your insurance.  Sometimes that is enough to win you a warning or a lighter charge.
  • The officer will pick up on your hands on the wheel right away.  They are trained to spot motorists who know how to manage traffic stops.  Most officers will be grateful for your cooperation.

Usually, the officer begins by asking questions.

“Do you know why I stopped you?”

“Have you been drinking?”

“Are you here illegally?”

These are all investigative questions which you should be careful about answering.  All of the questions are designed for you to admit guilt.  At this point, you must judge the attitude of the officer.  If he is hostile towards you, then it is generally best to clam up right away.  You are probably getting the treatment, whether that be a ticket or an arrest.  There is no point in convicting yourself at the same time.

One of the best responses to all of these questions is to ask the officer a question in return.

“Can you tell me why you stopped me?”  This is not an admission and if you ask with a sincere tone, you will likely throw the officer off of his investigative quest.  You are now playing a cat and mouse game with the officer, and he is playing one with you!  You must appear cooperative, but you should not answer any of those incriminating questions.

If the officer asks you to exit the vehicle, you must obey his command.  You should be cooperative but continue to ask questions.  You should also presume you are going to the pokey.  Now is a great time to exercise your right to remain silent, except the occasional question.  Don’t try to talk your way out of a situation.  It only gets you in deeper trouble.

“Why was I stopped?”

If the officer asks to search your vehicle you can deny him that search.  Rest assured, if you have items in the vehicle that might be better had they been left somewhere else, granting the officer the right to search is usually a bad idea.  If the officer insists on searching the vehicle, then let him have his way, do not resist.  But don’t give him permission, either.  If the officer searches the vehicle without your permission and without a warrant in the field, the evidence will likely be thrown out.  If they tow the vehicle, however, most states have upheld an “inventory search” even if the agency does not have a warrant.

  • You can refuse to allow a search of your vehicle without a warrant.  Assume if you put the officer to that much trouble, he is going to arrest you if he can.  Use your right to remain silent!
  • If the officer searches your vehicle without permission, the evidence can often be excluded at trial.
  • If the vehicle is towed, many jurisdictions allow an “Inventory search” which does not require a warrant.
  • If you have something in the car you don’t want to be discovered, don’t grant the officer permission to search.


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The decision to cooperate or not cooperate is always a hard one to make.  This is where guides are ineffective because you must use your own judgment.  No one can tell you how to best handle the situation.  In short, you should know and understand your rights against illegal searches and seizures while applying a wheel barrow of common sense in dealing with the officer at the scene.

If you are under the influence of medication, alcohol or other substances, in most states you are not required to “do the walk”.  Sometimes the officer will challenge you to do a roadside test for him just to “prove you are not under the influence”.  Don’t do it!  Passing the road side test can be difficult for a person who is cold sober, much less someone under the influence.  Instead, tell the officer no one passes such tests.  If the officer insists, presume you are going to be arrested no matter what you do.  Just say no to the roadside test if your state law permits it.

At this point, the officer will either back down or place you under arrest.  If he chooses the arrest route, don’t resist.  You must go along for the ride.  Wrong doing and abuse can be discussed with the judge.

In most cases, if you assume a positive attitude, demonstrate you are no threat to the officer, produce as much ID as you can including insurance, you are going home with a warning or a ticket.

If it is your lucky day to get free room and board at the cross bar motel, at the very least, you will not have given up much if you take this advice.  It is the obligation of the state to prove you guilty.  Until then, you are presumed innocent.


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Mohammad Abdollahi Asks Help For Andy Mathe, Dreamer Detained

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“One, two, three o’clock four o’clock rock.  We are going to rock, rock rock tonight.”  While the words to the song sound great, there won’t be any rocking for Andy Mathe.   Immigration detention is not a place where things rock.  Rather, it is a place where time stands still, where futures are unsure, where loss of liberty and unpleasant living conditions are tolerated on the chance justice will finally be done.   That is where Andy is tonight, waiting to find out what his future will be in an ICE prison.

The Mathe family fled to Atlanta, Georgia, from Rwanda, South Africa.  Life takes on a different meaning in Rwanda.  Perhaps better said, life has little meaning if you don’t walk on the popular side of the political sidewalk.   where they kill people who don’t side with current political ideas.  After family members received death threats, they came to the US and asked for Asylum.


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Making a case out for asylum is not as easy as it might sound.  Nothing is automatic, and many people don’t qualify.  Or at least that is what the judge says, and the judge almost always gets his way.

Andy Mathe is still in jail, ICE is currently reviewing his case and will soon decide whether he’ll be deported back to Africa where he could be killed, or returned to the safety of his family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Call ICE: Demand Safety for Mathe Family

The family needs your help, we need to convince ICE they need to grant deferred action for the family.  Please make a call to ICE for the Mathe family, your 30 second call can be the difference we need:

“I am calling to ask that Andy Mathe (A#88-488-386) and his family be allowed to stay. If deported the entire family could be killed, please grant deferred action for the Mathe Family, their life is in danger.”

Janet Napolitano: 202-282-8495

John Morton: 202-732-3000

If you need any additional motivation please check out this video of Hope pleading for support for her son, Andy.

Thank you,

Mohammad Abdollahi
co-founder of DreamActivist.org


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In Defense of Jeanette Vizguerra, Stop The Deportation!

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We must stand up for those who face a broken system!  Please support Jeanette in her fight to remain in the United States.  She is a mother, a long time resident, no criminal history to note, and a community friend who has done a lot for the cause of immigrants and others who want a free life in America!



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We were all very happy when the decision to delay deportation was delayed.  Jeanette may qualify for a certain type of visa but there are no more available this year.  Here case was delayed to see if she will qualify next go around!

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