How do you know if you’re being stopped by law enforcement? What are you supposed to do?

Police officers in North Carolina use blue lights. There are many types of police cars with many different looks and colors. If you see blue lights behind you, you are required to pull over to the right in a safe place for you and the officer out of traffic. If it is an unmarked police car it will still have blue lights. Most officers will be in police uniform with identification and police badge. If the officer is a plainclothes officer, you may ask to see their identification and badge. Sit and wait for the officer to request your valid driver’s license, insurance, and registration cards.

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1. How can you reduce the chance of being stopped by law enforcement officers?
2. How do you know if you’re being stopped by law enforcement? What are you supposed to do?
3. What does the officer do before getting out of the patrol car? What should you do?
4. What will the officer ask you to do?
5. What happens if you don’t have a valid driver’s license?
6. What do you do if you’re given a warning?
7. What do you do if you’re given a ticket?
8. What can you do if you don’t understand the officer?
9. Will the officer report you to ICE?
10. What should you do if you are in an automobile accident, no injury?
11. What should you do if you’re in an automobile accident, with injuries?
12. What information are you required to give to the police, to the other driver?
13. If you are hurt, will someone contact your family or friends? Will someone help you if you don’t understand?
14. Why are there patrol cars parked in some neighborhoods?
15. What branches of local law enforcement are involved in check points?
16. How can you be informed about police activity in your neighborhoods and not be afraid?
17. What can you do if you think that the officer did something wrong or inappropriate?
18. How can you get a legal, officially recognized ID card?
19. What other forms of identification should you have?
20. Where can your community groups meet that you feel safe? We have been told that some of you don’t feel safe traveling to and from gatherings.
21. How can you get help for your children if they are bullied in school or community activities?
22. How can you get protection if you are bullied in your workplace?
23. Does ICE seek help from local law enforcement personnel, parole officers and court officials, or other officials? If a person is detained, what is the processing procedure, how can you get immediate h
24. If someone from ICE comes to your home, work, or stops your car, what should you do? Are they supposed to show identification? Do you have to answer questions? Who can help you if you don’t understand
25. How can you get help if you are physically attacked or victim of a crime? Can you get someone to be with you who can help you understand and get the help you need?