Frequently Asked Questions

When a car is stopped, it appears that the officer is “sneaking up” on the driver. At night, the Officers shine their lights into the car. Why?
A. Officers are trained to minimize their exposure to traffic and potential danger from within the vehicle. At night, bright lights illuminate the interior of the vehicle which is another safety concern for the officer.

If I’ve only been pulled over for a traffic offense, why do other police officers show up?
A.. It is not uncommon for officers to back each other up, even if they are not requested. This is routine and is for safety reasons.

Why does the officer sit in the car for so long? What are they doing?
A. Technology allows the officer to verify your driving status and check your vehicle registration directly from the patrol car. Because this information is accessed via computer and dependant upon its reliability, unanticipated delays may occasionally occur. While it may seem the officer has kept you waiting for a long time, it is normally only for a few minutes.

Why wasn’t I read my rights?
A. An individual is read their rights only when they have been accused of/charged with a crime. Municipal ordinance and traffic violations are not crimes so there is no requirement that rights be read.

Why was I stopped for something other than a traffic violation?
A. A citizen contact may be conducted on persons seated in parked cars or individuals walking. These contacts may also be conducted if you are in an area of closed businesses or residential areas with a patrol watch. These contacts are made due to crime trends or suspicious activity that may have occurred in the area, or simply because the officer is checking on the welfare of a person.

What happens when Calling 911
A. Please look at this information to help you out.