Can the police stop me for any reason? Yes.
If signalled, must I pull over? Yes.
What do the police have to do to make it clear that they want me to pull over?
flash their blue lights or headlights beep the horn point to the left to tell you that you need to pull over.
Does being pulled over always mean that I’ve done something wrong? No.
Should I stay in the car or get out to speak to the officer?
Stay in the car unless told to get out.
Can I ask the police officer for identification? Yes.
Do I have to be able to produce my ID or carry it with me?
No, but you must be able to produce to the police officer or present at a police station within 7 days any of the following: your driving license your insurance certificate your MOT certificate.
What gives a police officer the right to ask me for a breath test? If: they think you’ve been drinking you’ve committed a traffic offence you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident.
Can I refuse to be tested? Yes, but if you don’t have a reasonable excuse e.g. being physically unable to provide a sample for some reason, you could be arrested.
What if I’m found to be over-the- limit? You’ll be taken to the police station for another test, if it’s positive, you’ll be charged, if it’s not, you’ll be free to go.
What happens if I’ve taken drugs? If a police officer suspects that you’ve taken drugs, s/he can ask you to: take a drug test do a physical test (a ‘field impairment test’), e.g. walk in a straight line then turn round and walk back.
What happens if I fail the test? You can be arrested.
Can I drive back home afterwards? If you fail a breath or drugs test you can’t drive your car until you’re sober. You can ask someone else to collect your car for you.
On what grounds can a police officer give a fixed penalty notice? They can issue these for less serious traffic offences.
These include: careless or inconsiderate driving using a mobile phone while driving not wearing a seatbelt driving too close to another vehicle.
What does a fixed penalty notice lead to? If you get a fixed penalty notice, you may be fined up to £100 and get penalty points on your licence.