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traffic stops: What to do if pulled over by the police

Traffic Stops: Being Pulled Over

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Recent news stories about altercations between police officers and people they have pulled over during traffic stops has created a heightened awareness and concern of what people should do when being pulled over by the police.  There are certain simple procedures that you can take to minimize any potential miscommunication between you and the officer. First and foremost, respect the police officer and their authority.  If you feel you have been wrongly pulled over, you can always plead your case in a court of law.  Do not be antagonistic or disrespectful.  Answer the officer’s questions truthfully and cooperate with them fully.  Laws, rules and procedures are in place in society and in the workplace for a reason: to establish order, foster safety, and so everyone conforms to an acceptable standard of behavior.  When being pulled over by the police, follow the guidelines outlined below and share these tips with your family members.  That way, everyone returns home safe after traffic stops.


•  As soon as you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror and hear the siren of the police car behind you, let the officer know you see him/her by immediately putting on your right turn signal and pulling over to the curb.

•  Put your car in park.

•  At this point don’t be moving around going into your clothes, purse, glove box or center console to retrieve your license and proof of insurance cards.  The officer will be watching you as he/she approaches your window and they may think you are pulling a weapon or hiding something.

•  Turn on the dome light inside your car so the officer can see inside easier.

•  Roll your window down and place your hands on the steering wheel at ‘12 and two’ and wait for the officer to arrive at your window.

•  You may notice in your mirror that the officer will place his/her hand on the trunk of your car as they approach.  Do not be alarmed.  They do this as a precautionary measure to leave their fingerprints on cars in case they are harmed during the traffic stop and the offender drives away.  Many an offender has been convicted once they are tracked down because the officer’s prints were found on their car.

•  When the officer arrives at your window, he/she will tell you why they have pulled you over.  They will ask you if you have any weapons in the car.  If you do have a weapon in the car, be honest and tell the officer where the weapon is located.  Then follow the officer’s instructions EXACTLY.

•  The officer will also ask you for your driver’s license and proof of insurance, and in some states your vehicle registration card.

•  Before making any sudden moves, tell the officer where your items are located in the car and that you will get them out. This way, the officer can get in the best position to watch you retrieve your items.

•  Retrieve the items and hand them to the officer. The officer will tell you to stay in your car as they go back to their car to evaluate the situation and determine if they are going to issue a ticket or just give you a warning.

•  If you suddenly remember where something is that the officer asked for, don’t jump out of your car to go give it to them.  This behavior may alarm the officer and place them in a defensive position.  Rather, honk your horn and wave to them.  The officer will respond to you.

•  If the officer comes back to your car to issue you a ticket, they may ask you to sign the ticket.  This is simply to acknowledge that you received the ticket.  It does not imply an admission of guilt.

•  When the officer is done handing you the ticket, you should pull away first.

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safety barricading

Safety Barricading for the Work Zone

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Safety Barricading

This is a great example of a crew doing the safe thing: safety barricading. When using lifts for material handling, the workers at this home improvement store block off the work aisle.  This is done so that shoppers cannot get close to them and their work.  This way, a distracted shopper can’t walk into a manlift or get backed into.  And if something fell from the lift, no one could be injured.

How Does This Relate to Our Work?
Training workers on what a safe work zone looks like is the first step in keeping everyone safe within the work zone.  All workers have to “buy into” the importance of safety—and then practice it during their shift.  All workers have to know about the potential hazards within their work zone and what safety procedures must be taken to minimize or eliminate those hazards.  From wearing proper PPE to setting up physical barricades as well as warning signs, safety procedures must be followed.  Organize a Daily Safety Huddle so workers begin their shift “Talking Safety” and “Thinking Safety”.  Promote a sense of teamwork towards safety to encourage cooperation among workers.  Companies that provide a safe work environment benefit from having a happy, healthy and motivated workforce.

—  When the work site is in public, it is crucial to barricade the work perimeter to keep other workers and pedestrians away from potential danger. 
—  This store uses signs and physical barriers to make sure no one can enter.
—  Even when your work site is barricaded properly, continue to remain alert and keep observing your surroundings.
—  Plan ahead when you know the work site is in public to make sure you have all the barricading and signage required to keep the work zone a safe zone.
—  Always keep your work zone organized and free of clutter and tripping hazards.


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Safety is Crucial at Work Sites

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Work sites can be very dangerous places. Always think safety.

Proper procedures must be followed to ensure everyone’s safety. ALL employees at construction work sites must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as hearing protection, gloves, hard hats, safety boots, and eye protection. If you see a co-worker not wearing PPE, intervene and help them get the PPE required for their protection. The foreman pictured on this work site should be wearing his hard hat—and he shouldn’t be standing right under that 3,000lb bucket! Worksites must also be kept free from materials that constitute tripping, fire, explosion hazards, or harbor pests. Maintain good housekeeping on all work sites. Never stand in front of heavy equipment being operated on a job site or under equipment that could fall on you. Never stand under ANY suspended load. Pay attention to where you are at all times to make sure you are not in the line-of-fire. Also protect the public by barricading the work site.

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Chock and Don’t Roll

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This is an example of practicing safety at all times. I noticed that this delivery truck had its wheels chocked. I asked the driver why he had the tires chocked when the truck was parked on perfectly level ground. He explained that it was company policy to set the chocks no matter what the incline was that the truck was parked on. That way, the driver never has to decide if the incline creates a risk of movement. Their trucks are ALWAYS safe.

This illustrates the maxim, “Better to be safe, than sorry”. Always practice safety—even when it appears to not be necessary. There was an incident where another delivery driver to a construction site pulled up and got out of his truck and left his hard hat on the seat. Someone 20 stories up dropped a tape measure which struck the driver and killed him. He assumed he’d be safe without his hard hat and in a split second he was dead. When working in public, always remember to barricade the work zone, as this driver also did correctly.


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Safety Topics Covered

Ladder Safety - LOTO - Confined Space - Trench Safety - Crane Safety - Fall Protection - PPE - Fuel Tank Safety - Eye Safety - Work Zone Safety - Chemical Safety - Forklift Safety - Electrical Safety - Pinch Points - Ergonomics - Material Handling - Tool Safety - Health & First Aid - Machine Guarding - Lifting & Back Health - Transport Safety - Hearing Protection - Respiratory Safety - Workplace Violence - Fire Safety - Chocking & Blocking - Walk/Working Surfaces - Hazard Communications - Bloodborne Pathogens - Flammable Liquids - Propylene Cylinders - Loading Dock Safety - Emergency Evacuation - Driving/Spotter Safety - Scaffolding Safety - Fatigue - Underground Utilities - Drum Labeling - Welding Safety - Hand Protection - Heat Stress - and more...