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Traffic Stop - What to Expect Social Story


These social stories were created by ASERT to describe the various aspects of a traffic stop and what to expect for individuals with autism.

The front of a police car is shown behind the back of a regular car.

If I don’t follow a traffic law, I may be stopped by the police.

A car is shown driving past a traffic light that is red.

This might be driving over the speed limit or driving through a red light.

The lights on the top of a police car are shown with lines to represent sounds.

The police officer will turn on the lights and siren of the patrol car.

A bird's eye view of a car pulled over to the right side of the road.

This is how I will know I should pull my car to the side of the road.

The front of a police car is shown behind the back of a regular car.

When I see the police car lights behind me and/or hear sirens, I should safely and quickly pull my car to the side of the road.

Two hands holding a steering wheel are shown in the center of the image.

When the police officer walks up to my car, I should put my window down and keep my hands on the steering wheel.

A man stands in the center of the image and says,

I may want to tell the officer, “I have autism."

A police officer holding out a paper with lines on it says,

I should never get out of the car unless the police officer tells me to. I should follow everything that the police officer tells me.

A card reading

The police officer may want to see my driver’s license and car’s registration card.

Two hands on a steering wheel shown to the right of a speech bubble that says,

I should tell the officer where my license is before reaching for it.

A man standing to the left of a police officer holding out a paper says,

If I don’t understand something the police officer says, I should tell the officer, “I don’t understand."

A pen and lined paper with two

I should not sign any paper unless I know what it means.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.