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Traffic stop and driver conduct-- how should you behave?

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Question for LEO's all the people that carry. If you're pulled over by a LEO how should one behave? I've read a couple of suggestions but I'm wondering what the glock pro'ers think. Here's what I've heard/read:

-- Roll down all windows
-- Interior lights on if it's at night.
-- Hands stay on the steering wheel until asked for license/registration.
-- I realize it'll vary from state to state whether or not you're legally obligated to declare if you have a loaded firearm in the car. For me, when I'm asked by the LEO I would hand them my drivers license as well as my CCW license, then answer all questions he/she has while I keep my hands visible and on the wheel.

Does this seem reasonable so far?

Thanks in advance
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Like already said not all police are going to know you have a permit. Especially if it is a out of state permit. Just use some common sense. Hands on the wheel until told to get something. Then slow deliberate movements. Cab light on. Radio off. So on. Only make the pistol known if you have to by that State's law.
More tips in dealing with the police. (Some language maybe considered offensive by a few most will laugh though)

Thankfully once I saw it was Chris Rock I knew to stop drinking that soda. :D

Thanks for the much needed laugh.

No problem, I do what I can where I can
Her's the thing on vehicle searches, or any searches for that matter, without a warrant or some sort of exigent search, they are completely voluntary. Repeat completely voluntary.
Yeah, unless you have something laying out in plain sight (ie Plainsight evidence) if your involved in a routine stop and don't want your car searched it probably isn't going to happen. Unless some form of probable cause exists for detention pending a warrent. That takes something though
I too would never consent to a search of my vehicle. However, I've been involved in a heated argument with a few LEOs I know who insist that if they pull you over for a traffic violation or a bulb being out on your vehicle, that is a violation of the law and therefore gives them reason to search your vehicle.

Is this correct? They insisted that if they "wanted" to search your vehicle, they'd search your vehicle.
It is going to take more than that. Not saying that it couldn't happen with some "creative writing" or a dog alerting or something but not on the situation you described.
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