Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Traffic Stop

A traffic stop on the freeway requires a little different planning from the regular traffic stop. High speeds, and limited access make the freeway a potentially dangerous place to stop a suspect vehicle. My preference is usually to stop the vehicle off the freeway and turn it into a regular traffic stop. Without that option there are other factors to consider.

Stop the suspect vehicle in a well lit stretch of road if it is dark out. Freeways can be very dark. Try not to stop on a curve, not everyone makes the curve and they may plow into you rather than the guard rail. Try not to stop on an overpass, in a fight, either of you could end up on the roadway underneath.

Try to pull over as far to the right as you can reasonably get the car, but still leaving room for a passenger side approach. Make sure you are near an on-ramp that will allow back up units to arrive without having to drive three miles to get to you. Keep the other driver in the car unless you need them to get out for field sobriety check. Remember you control the stop, make the suspect do what you want to make the stop safe for you both; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
I've always been an advocate of TWO-OFFICER cars for freeways and Interstates.

When one officer conducts the stop, getting IDs, etc, the other officer can watch the passengers (if any) AND (more importantly) spot drivers coming up from behind and warn his partner of any danger approaching.
(that would save a LOT of officers who've been killed along freeways).

Roll safe out there.

Bunkermeister said...

Two officer cars are good for any area where back up is far away or necessary for nearly every call.