Must you always stop immediately for a cop?

 

A woman driving alone at night does what she's been advised to do during an attempted police stop and drives one mile to a lit store parking lot before stopping. The officer charges her with resisting arrest and handcuffs her. Charges have since been dropped, but welcome to the newest Internet traffic enforcement kerfluffle:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/opinion/c...

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scary

dagarmin wrote:

A woman driving alone at night does what she's been advised to do during an attempted police stop and drives one mile to a lit store parking lot before stopping. The officer charges her with resisting arrest and handcuffs her. Charges have since been dropped, but welcome to the newest Internet traffic enforcement kerfluffle:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/opinion/c...

This may not be your typical situation where you are on a dark road and are asked to pull over. This woman was pulled over by a marked patrol car. However, there should be definitive guidelines for women drivers who are asked to stop under strange circumstances and are fearful. There have been instances where people have impersonated police. If the person who is being stopped acts reasonably, it should not be a cause for arrest. Thank goodness nothing more serious happened. in addition to rescinding the arrest, they should delete the entire record.

Well, the answer is yes, BUT...

if a person has a reasonable concern about the legitimacy of the person stopping them looking for a lighted area in a populated public place is not an unreasonable move. If it were me, I'd put on my blinker to acknowledge the officers presence and pull over as soon as is practical...then explain to the officer my concern and be very polite about it; as this driver seemingly did. My bet is 99 times out of 100 nothing more comes of it. The 1x when you do run into a dick of a cop, I bet dollars to donuts no Judge would convict...assuming these were the circumstances.

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The advice from police department in my area

telling drivers if drivers afraid to stop at night then put the emergency blinker on and drive slowly to lighted area or call 911 to check to see whether the unmarked police vehicle is not a impersonator.

the simple answer to the

the simple answer to the topic is yes.

Not so

GARYLAP wrote:

the simple answer to the topic is yes.

As far as I am aware there is a provision which states " To pull over when it is safe to do so".

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It is my understanding

If you slow down some and turn your blinker or flashers on and call 911 to confirm that the vehicle behind you is legit, you will be okay to pull in and stop in the 1st safe area. The dispatcher should relay that you are in contact with them to the officer behind you. It is also a good idea at night to turn on your interior lights. Keep your hands visible and this is definitely not the time to rearrange the junk on the front seat.

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its unfortunate

But some cops seem to get their kicks from arresting everyone they can without regard to the circumstances. Me, if I get lit up I stop right there. If they want me out of the lane of traffic, they'll tell me what they want.

The deal is there is no standard, pull to the right? Pull to the left? Stop where you are?

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Yup

If you are that concerned about the validity of the police officer just call 911 and they will set you straight.. Oh, don't do this if your a South African American Male, you might end up dead.. Lots of weird goings on in the news lately..

or not

GARYLAP wrote:

the simple answer to the topic is yes.

The simple answer to the topic is NO. Turn on the blinkers and drive slowly. Then do what you believe is necessary to protect your life, no matter if it might be a police imposter or if it might be one of the asshole power mad police that have been in the news recently. If you really fear for your life drive to a local news station (for Christ sake NOT a local Police Station, that will only make things worse).

It is far better to get arrested in front of lots of witnesses that shot by a power mad jack booted thug on a dark road (or even in broad daylight on a back street). Even if you don't get the conviction overthrown, it is still better to have the arrest on your record than to be dead.

Pulling Over For Police

I pull over when I feel its safe to do so and I haven;t had any problems when I answer to that question by police.

And if you are black this is how

No explanation necessary just watch the video.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204033177859504

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I think in most states

I think in most states you can't use the phone legally when driving so calling 911 in these circustances could get you an additional ticket.

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If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

Not entirely true.

Last Mrk wrote:

I think in most states you can't use the phone legally when driving so calling 911 in these circustances could get you an additional ticket.

Most states are hand free, but in an emergency situation you may call 911 and not be on a hands free.

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911 Call is Best

Best to slow down, put on 4 way flasher lights and call 911. Stop if you can find a well lit safe place with other people around. Also, if you were breaking the law in some obvious way chances are that it is a cop behind you.

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