Saturday, July 11, 2009

Stop It

The guy who blew up the Oklahoma Federal Building was caught in a low risk traffic stop. His license plate was not firmly attached, in the course of the traffic stop the officer learned the driver had a concealed handgun. With no permit the driver went to jail. Later, they learned he was wanted in connection with the bombing.

There are several reasons to do traffic enforcement. One is to decrease traffic collisions. The other is to give you an opportunity to talk to people in cars. Sometimes those people turn out to be criminals. The automobile it the preferred method of transportation for most criminals.

Call in every traffic stop. Run every license plate. Run every driver. Inspect the interior of each vehicle as carefully as you can when you are contacting the violator. While standing at the side of the car you can look inside for alcohol, drugs, weapons or other contraband. The California Highway Patrol has even found murder victims seated in the car next to the driver. Traffic enforcement is not just for a high ticket count; that's what the SGT Says.

4 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

The rest of that story is, the Cop was headed to the "exciting" scene and his supervisor told him to stay in his regular area. He got mad (like we all would) and started stopping everything he could find just to vent his frustration. Bottom line, traffic stops fight crime.

Texas Ghostrider said...

Oh yeah, we are suppose to write tickets on traffic stops.....

I write a lot of warnings....

But to CYA with a warning or citation to document your stop. There is a thing called racial profiling so remember crooks could be anyone, not just the car that screams stop me please. Write your fair share of cits and warnings to everyone you stop.

Bunkermeister said...

Traffic enforcement does fight crime. People who rob liquor stores for a living don't put a high priority on traffic laws.

Bunkermeister said...

My agency does not have "warning citiations" we either write a citation or give a verbal warning. Unless someone does something very unsafe or has multiple violations they usually get a warning from me. I also make note on the cite of all violations, even those I don't actually cite them for.