“Keep the proper documents with you in your car, and as long as you follow the proper rules of the road, there’s really nothing to be worried about,” Onessimo said.
Another thing to note about traffic stops in Germany is that two officers typically ride in a car. One officer will communicate with the driver and the other will stand watch to keep the situation secure and may have a machine gun, Heinz said.
Certain routes are known criminal routes, so drivers may be pulled over simply for being on that route, he said. And police may use drug- or money-sniffing dogs.
The thing to remember is that when drivers cooperate, even if they have violated a law, things will go much more smoothly, Fink said. “Let police take the lead, relax and follow instructions.”
Any time Department of Defense personnel stationed here leave Germany in their POV, they should carry the following:
• U.S. Forces Certificate of License (USAREUR license)
• Stateside driver’s license
• DoD ID card
• Passport with accompanying SOFA card or leave form
Original article published here: www.herald-union.com/what-to-know-if-you-get-pulled-over-in-germany.