A police officer's flashing lights can signal trouble if you're violating a traffic law.
Joshua contacted us saying an officer would not allow him to see his radar during a traffic stop.
Captain Todd Edwards with the Warner Robins police department says he knows people don't like to get tickets.
"We would ask that you remain professional yourself, or courteous and demand that of the officer. The officer should treat you the same way, with respect," said Edwards.
That may not always happen, and when you disagree with a citation, Bibb County's Chief Assistant Solicitor-General, Cindy Adams, says you don't have the right to see an officer's radar or laser during a traffic stop.
Adams says you can ask an officer to test his or her radar gun, but not a laser because of the lengthy process. She says officers should check their radars or lasers at the start and the end of their shifts. When the tools were last checked can sometimes be found on your ticket.
When you get a ticket, Adams says the name and badge number should be listed, but there's nothing wrong with requesting the information if you can't find or read it.
She says you're only required to provide an officer with identification or a license, but you don't have to answer any questions if you don't want to. She also says it's a good idea to keep your insurance information close by, even though officers can sometimes look it up.
According to Adams, it's a good idea to remain inside your car unless asked to get out by an officer. She also says if you question whether someone trying to pull you over is a real officer, you should dial 911 to confirm.
If you're looking for a safe place to pull over, Adams recommends putting on your emergency lights or a turn signal and slowing down so the officer doesn't think you're trying to get ignore him or her.
She says many traffic officers have cameras inside their vehicles. If you'd like to see a copy of the tape rolling when you were pulled over she says you can typically request it from the court prosecuting your citation. In small towns, she says you may have to contact the agency that issued the ticket.
Still Edwards says the ticket doesn't mean you'll face consequences.
"At that particular time you are not guilty of anything, just merely being summoned to court and arguing your case on the side of the road is not what that's for," Edwards added.
He says the decision to issue a ticket, warning or let you go all comes down to the officer who stops you.
Adams says if you have a complaint about how your traffic stop was handled you can always call the law enforcement office and speak to a supervisor. However she says that complaint is a separate issue from the citation an officer gives you.