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Be Smart, Nice, and Quiet If You Are Pulled Over By the Poice

Three Rules of Police Contact:

Be Smart, Be Nice, and Be Quiet

  • Smart:
    • Think before you say or do anything.
    • Be aware of your words, movements, and emotions.
  • Nice:
    • Be Ultra-Polite, Respectful, even apologetic.
  • Quiet:
    • Say As Little As Possible.
    • Do Not Answer Questions. Do Not Volunteer Information.
    • Do Not Complain, Argue, or Try to Talk Your Way Out of the Situation.


  • Be Smart, Nice, and Quiet
  • Always provide license/registration/insurance when requested.
    • (always have them handy in the car)
  • You must exit the vehicle when requested to do so.
    • If you suspect police impersonation:
      • lock your doors and call police to confirm officer is real.
  • If the officer writes you a ticket, You Must Sign It. (or go to jail)
  • If you are arrested for DUI,
    • you must take a blood test, or a breath test on the big machine. (your choice)
    • If you do not, you will make things worse for yourself.
    • and lose your license for one year.
  • Always Comply With All Orders; Do Not Physically Resist.


  • Do Not Drink and Drive
  • Do Not Argue with or Complain to the officer.
    • There will be time for that later with your attorney.
  • Do Not Answer Questions
    • "Have you been drinking?", "How much?"
      • (Be Smart and Quiet, DO NOT LIE)
    • EVERYTHING you say Can and Will Be Used Against You.
    • Respectfully decline to answer any questions:
      • "I'm sorry officer, but I would rather not answer any questions."
  • Do Not Consent to a Search of the Vehicle.
    • Say "I'm sorry officer, but I do not consent to ANY searches. . ."
    • (but DO NOT try to physically stop them)
  • "Field Sobriety Tests" ("FSTs") or "Roadside Sobriety Maneuvers" are VOLUNTARY.
    • You cannot be forced to take FSTs, even though it may seem like a demand.
    • FSTs are designed for failure; they are impossible to "pass".
    • Respectfully decline to participate:
      • "I'm sorry officer, but I would rather not."
  • The Portable Breath Test ("PBT") is VOLUNTARY.
    • These are the small breath machines
      • officers carry them in their trunk or on their person.
    • PBTs are scientifically unreliable and will do you no good.
    • While they are not admissible as evidence of guilt, the results can be used against you:
      • in arrest/charging decisions, bail considerations,
      • and possibly in sentencing.
    • Respectfully decline to provide a breath sample for the PBT.
    • The only person who should ever ask for a PBT is someone who is accused of underage alcohol consumption and has had NOTHING to drink.
    • A driver should NEVER blow into a PBT