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Traffic Stops and Civil Rights
Jun 17, 2005 14:44 ETBack | Print Article
Just curious, I just wanted to clarify what rights I have as a person under our laws in regards to a traffic stop. I have searched the H.T.A. and similar literature but have not found the answer to my question.

If stopped by a police officer I am not obligated to remain in my motor vehicle am I? The officer may request that I remain there but I am not obligated to adhere to such request. From what I have read in the H.T.A. and other legal documents I am only required to produce identification that allows me to legally operate said vehicle, proof of ownership and insurance. Is this correct?

By law, you are not required to stay in your vehicle, but law enforcement officers request you remain in your vehicle for your safety.