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Sheriff Curtis L. Landers (541) 265-0654
WHAT TO DO WHEN STOP REQUIRED
Stopping at night, especially along a dark stretch of road, can heighten the tension for you and the officer. Officers do not object to a driver proceeding to the nearest well-lit area. Simply acknowledge the officer by turning on your flashers and driving at a reduced speed.
If you are concerned the person stopping you may be impersonating a police officer, contact the non-emergency dispatch line or call 911. Ask the officer for the name of his or her agency and tell them you are calling the police. A real officer will not object to you verifying his or her identity and the stop location.
If you are asked to get out of your car, walk to the rear of your vehicle to the side away from traffic, or as directed by the officer. Use the vehicle as a barrier between you and oncoming vehicles.
The officer will generally ask for three pieces of information: your driver license, proof of liability insurance, and vehicle registration.
Once the traffic stop is finished, walk carefully back to your vehicle keeping an eye out for traffic. When an opportunity exists, carefully merge back into the flow of traffic.
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