Since we've been discussing Swiss Vignette and steep fines were mentioned for speeding at Switzerland I got to wondering:

In some countries getting out of the car and walking towards police with documents is acceptable. In the US police office won't take any chances with you getting out of the car and walking toward him.

If I did get pulled over by police in Switzerland (unless of course it's all electronic and all I do is just get mail) what is the procedure for me as a driver?

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    I would think "remain in the car with your hands in view" would be fine in any country. Jun 5, 2016 at 3:28
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    On a highway, getting out at the driver's side of the car is a very bad idea. Police are aware of this and will guide you to a safe parking spot if necessary.
    – o.m.
    Jun 5, 2016 at 5:36
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    @JoeBlow Ukraine
    – Karlson
    Jun 5, 2016 at 16:19
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    It is common to remain seated with the engine shut off and hands on the wheel, however that's not a law; the fact that Swiss police in 2015 have used their guns a a grand 15 times tells you that they are not easily provoked. Frankly it is, with the going rate for even minor offenses, much more likely that they will fine you to death. Jun 5, 2016 at 16:48
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    There is no procedure, as far as the law is concerned you might as well tapdance. You have to understand that for a Swiss/Austrian/German citizen the idea that the police might shoot you in a traffic control seems utterly quaint even now. Preemptive meekness has the advantage that it will speed things up, but it is not mandatory. Jun 5, 2016 at 21:25

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If you are pulled over, they will either pull you over on the spot, or escort you to a safe place (e.g. parking lot if you are pulled over on a highway).

Shut down your engine, roll down your window, keep your hands visible. The officer will approach you, and will provide you with further instructions.

This goes for any country. If they want you to do something, they will ask/order you to. In general, police in Europe isn't as trigger happy as the US police. Only if you are trying to escape, cause some major traffic accidents, and try to run over cops, they might shoot at you. If you do something they don't like, they'll ask you to ("please remain in your car", "please shut down your engine", ...). Just follow up their orders and you'll be fine.

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    I have been pulled over in Switzerland multiple times and that is exactly what I did. The Swiss police force is not trigger happy at all, in 2015 they discharged their weapons a total of 15 times.
    – Avelina
    Jul 27, 2016 at 14:03

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