How to behave if in the USA you are stopped by the police: advice for Russian-speaking immigrants

The author of the channel “Russian American” on “Yandex.Zen” told about his own numerous experiences with American police and gave advice in case the police stops you on the road in the United States. Hereinafter in the first person.

Как себя вести, если в США вас остановил полицейский: советы русскоязычной иммигрантки

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The machine in America I drive for more than 10 years. Of course, anything can happen, and drove in his youth, and stop signs missed, and even once turned to a street one-way street.

My overall impression of the local guards — they are very reasonable guys. If the violation is serious, get a fine, and if fine then look at how you behave and what violations you had in the past. For the first violation here often let go and give only a warning.

Once I was stopped for speeding, when I actually exceeded, and slapped a fine. Of course, it was a shame, but at least the case.

The rest of the meeting with the police was much nicer.

A couple times I’ve been pulled over for very minor violations. And both times the situation has evolved the same way. The policeman approached my car, introduced themselves, told me why he stopped me. I, realizing my mistake, apologized and tried to explain what happened. The officer asked me for documents and I gave him what was required. The officer went to his car, checked my details and after a few minutes came back to return me the documents and warn about the need to avoid the same mistakes in the future. And also to wish a happy way.

Remember, in those moments I was in a quiet horror. How come I don’t got a fine or something worse? I grew up in a country where the police frightened children, and nothing good from the authorities was not expecting. And to see the normal human attitude to me at first was weird. Of course, I was then helped by the lack of accidents and criminal record in my history. Like that for 10+ years I’ve had only one penalty.

Here are the top three pieces of advice to anyone going to stop in America COP:

  • do not argue with them;
  • be friendly and respectful;
  • just do what you ask or tell clearly that you do not speak English and do not understand what you say.

When I came to the US, I was afraid of the police. Now I often turn to them if you can’t find the right building or if I had a question. A couple of times I had to go to police stations to get some documents, and each time I was helped without any problems and with a smile. Honestly: they have a difficult job, and I’m very grateful to them for all that they do.

The original column published in the blog “Russian American” on “Yandex.Zen”

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