Everyone knows how important it is to behave and drive responsibly at work, in the car, etc. But what happens when the law enforcement officer on duty pulls you over? It's not your job to know every law that's enforced by traffic Police or the MTTU. Still, by following good driving practices and staying calm, you'll make it through any situation. Read on to learn what to do when a Police Officer stop you.
1. Keep your cool
A police officer pulling someone over is a scary sight for most people. But remember that traffic cops are on the lookout for drivers who don't follow the rules of the road. Even if you accidentally speed or allow your anger get the best of you, try not to panic - it could land you in more trouble than necessary!
Pull over immediately and switch off your engine when a police officer tells you to do so Keep both hands on top of the steering wheel at all times . Keep your foot on the brake and driver's door closed. In other words, don't move.
2. Use your turn signal when necessary (e.g., when making a one-way U-turn)
Make sure you know how far you can go without going against the road traffic act. For instance, Ghana limits driving time to 20 kms/day within cities and 35 kms/day between cities starting from 4 am on weekdays and ends at midnight every day of the year. If it's the weekend, it's even longer (25 kms/day in city and 50 kms/day out of city). [Use this handy calculator to estimate your driving time on different routes!] For instance, Ghana limits driving time to 20 kms/day within cities and 35 kms/day between cities starting from 4 am on weekdays and ends at midnight every day of the year. If it's the weekend, it's even longer (25 kms/day in city and 50 kms/day out of city). [Use this handy calculator to estimate your driving time on different routes!] If you're a newly licensed driver, find out how long you can legally drive and avoid being stopped or arrested by the MTTU.
3. Keep your documents in order
Keeping your driving permit and the driving licence on you at all times is a good idea - especially when you're driving. As a driver, it's your legal right to produce it upon request from any police officer. But keep in mind that your photo ID isn't enough to clear up any misunderstanding with the law. You should always have your insurance papers, vehicle registration, and proof of inspection on hand as well .
4. Keep your hands where the officer can see them.
5. Don't reach for anything on the inside of your vehicle unless you're asked to.
6. Don't panic when a police officer orders you to get out of the vehicle.
7. Don't touch anything inside the car without permission from officer. When out of the vehicle, keep your hands away from any visible weapons . Don't reach for anything on your waist or under your shirt, etc.
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