When you are stopped by a police officer in Virginia, you should do the following:
- Remain collected and calm
- Pull off on the side of the road and get as far away from traffic as possible
- Turn on the flashers
- Turn off the radio, engine and any device that can cause problems while communicating with the officer
- Roll down the window so that you are able to communicate with the officer
- Fasten your safely belt and make sure that all passengers are wearing their safety belts
- Don’t get out of the vehicle unless you are asked by the officer
- Keep your hands on the steering wheel and ensure that they are in plain view. Make sure that all passengers also do the same.
- Don’t make movements that would suggest that you are hiding something or trying to reach for something.
- Carry all your proper identification: proof of insurance, a valid driver’s license and proof of registration for your vehicle. Show the documents to the police officer when they ask you to reach for them, whilst you keep one of your hands on the steering wheel.
- If the police officer is not in uniform or is driving in an unmarked car, request to see their identification.
- Ask the officer to clarify all your questions and be polite.
- If you are given a citation by the officer, never argue, since you will get the chance to do that in court.
- You will have to sign the citation and refusing to sign on it may result in you getting arrested and being asked to go to the police station.
If you are involved in a traffic crash, then you must:
- You should remain at the scene of the crash and don’t block traffic. You can move the vehicles before the police arrive at the scene without ensuring that the traffic is disturbed.
- You should give help to anyone that is injured and don’t attempt to move the injured person from a wrecked vehicle, unless you have got the necessary medical training or there is the risk of fire.
- Report the crash to the police and as soon as possible.
- Exchange all information with the other people at the site of the crash. Make sure that you get the following information:
- Driver’s license number, address and name of the drivers
- The license number of the vehicles
- The address and name of anyone that is injured
- The address and name of the witness
- The insurance policy number, address and name of other vehicles
- Notify the insurance company as soon as possible
All law enforcement officers are required to provide a written crash report to the DMV, whenever a traffic accident results in the unfortunate injury or death of any person. Any property damage that is in excess of $1,500 also has to be reported. All the accidents will be recorded at the DMV records of each driver that is involved in the accident.