Re: [MPD-5D] Traffic Stop on Saturday night – Citizen Rights
- You have right to contest any Notice of Infraction through the Bureau of Traffic Adjudication, all information relative to obtaining a hearing will be located on the rear of the notice of infraction. If you feel the officers behavior was inappropriate, you also have the right to come to the station and file a complaint. Please email me directly the officers name.
Commander Lamar D. Greene
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To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Mon Nov 01 15:31:31 2010
Subject: [MPD-5D] Traffic Stop on Saturday night – Citizen Rights
On Saturday night, I was driving home with my children, aged 13 and 2. I approached 4th street NE with my left turn blinker on. There was a car facing me turning left, so I had to pause and look for oncoming cars before turning. There were no other cars behind that vehicle. I turned and swerved slightly to avoid the median. I was pulled over. I don't get stopped often, and have no criminal history, so I was very shaken and unnerved by the entire incident. The officer turned on the bright search light, which frightened my daughters. He approached immediately asking me for registration. I told him that my license and registration were in my purse (he granted me the time to retrieve it) and I had to search for my insurance card. I asked him if he could tell me my offense, of which he indicated that he couldn't tell me anything until he ran my information. I didn't protest, because of the time and everything was happening so quickly. The officer returned and told me that I failed to yield to oncoming traffic. He then asked me several times about the age of my oldest daughter (she's underage). I complied and gave him her age, but the question seemed very inappropriate as he still asked me several times. I did not protest, but what are the rights of citizens when being stopped? What can I do now that I have this ticket? Don't officers run your tag before approaching the car? why would the officer ask the age of my daughter?
Thanks in advance.