(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department says to pull over when you see red and blue lights behind you. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Detective Dan Kuhnz said when a vehicle does not immediately pull to the side of the road when emergency lights have been activated it will trigger additional responses by authorities. He says police will radio dispatch to report that the vehicle is not stopping, prompting other officers to respond when it may not be necessary.
Kuhnz says it is acceptable if a vehicle pulls into a nearby parking lot but if the driver continues for more than five or ten seconds it can raise suspicion. He says they do not know where the vehicle is going and what they may be driving into. A law enforcement rule of thumb: pull over within a block of seeing a police cruiser’s lights.
Kuhnz says when officers approach the vehicle, one important thing to remember is keep your hands visible. He says it is reasonable for people to keep their hands on the wheels so police know where they are and what they are doing, which can be one of the most dangerous scenarios for authorities.
Once pulled over, Kuhnz says, the vehicle does not have to be turned off but he notes it should be in park. He says hazard lights can be turned on but they are not required.