Traffic Stop Information

Traffic Stops

What should you do if a police officer stops you while you are driving?
  • Yield to the right and stop your vehicle as far away from the moving lane of traffic as possible
  • Turn on your emergency flashers
  • Stay in your vehicle and, if it is dark outside, turn on your interior light. If you remain inside your vehicle, you will not subject yourself to the dangers of traffic
  • Attempt to stay relaxed. Keep your hands in plain view, preferably holding the top of the steering wheel
  • Wait to obtain your driver's license and proof of insurance until the officer requests this information
  • Sugar Land Police Officers will introduce themselves and explain the reason(s) why you were stopped

Reasons Drivers are Stopped

Traffic violations are the most common reason a driver is stopped. Texas laws governing driving privileges consist of 479 pages. It is not uncommon for a driver to be in violation of traffic law and not know it. Examples of traffic violations are:
  • Driver not having a child properly restrained
  • Driver not wearing a seat belt
  • Failure to stop at a traffic signal or stop sign
  • Failure to use a turn signal
  • Inspection and/or registration sticker expired
  • Speeding