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Procedures for Reporting a Traffic Crash

  • Summon Law Enforcement (Police) to the scene
  • If you can safely do so, remove vehicles from the roadway and the flow of traffic
  • For safety reasons or if you are injured, please remain in your vehicle
  • Have your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance available
  • Be prepared to describe in as much detail as possible the events leading up to and during the traffic crash
  • In the event of a hit and run traffic crash, remain at the location of the crash, do not follow the vehicle, and provide the police dispatcher with the best description and direction of travel of the fleeing vehicle

When Stopped by a Law Enforcement Officer...

  • Remain calm, slow down and pull over in a safe location off the roadway
  • Do not exit your vehicle unless asked to do so. This is for safety reasons
  • Keep your hands on the steering wheel so the Officer can see them
  • Inform the Officer of any weapons in your vehicle and their location. Do not reach or point to the location
  • Avoid any sudden movements, especially toward the floorboard, rear seat or passenger side of the vehicle
  • Comply with the Officers request to see your drivers’ license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration. Florida law requires you to carry these with you
  • If your documents are out of reach, tell the Officer where they are before you reach for them.
  • If there are passengers in your vehicle, encourage them to remain quiet and cooperate with instructions. You, as the operator, are solely responsible for your vehicle and its occupants
  • Avoid becoming argumentative. Arguing will not change the Officer’s mind. If you contest the violation, you will have an opportunity to address the matter in court
  • Answer all questions truthfully
  • The Officer may issue you a ticket. If you feel the reason is vague or unclear, politely ask the Officer for details
  • If asked to sign a citation, do so. It is not an admission of guilt. Refusal could result in an arrest
  • You have the right to politely deny a request by a Police Officer to search your car; however, if probable cause is present, the Officer has the right to search your vehicle without your consent