Motor Vehicle Stops
Please understand that on average, a police officer is killed in the United States every 54 hours and that a
very large number of these deaths occur during a normal motor vehicle
Statistics by department: 2010 reporting year
- Alma Police Department
- Bates City Police Department
- Concordia Police Department
- Higginsville Police Department
- Lafayette County Sheriff's Department
- Lexington Police Department
- Odessa Police Department
Have you wondered why or for what reason a police officer stops your vehicle?
first question is usually, why was I stopped? The most common reason
for stopping a vehicle is a moving violation. Some examples include
failure to stop at a stop sign or traffic light, traveling too fast for
the road conditions, speeding, tailgating, failure to use a turn signal,
not wearing a seatbelt or not securing your passengers properly.
may be stopped for criminal investigations. Often the police are
looking for vehicles that match the description of one recently used in a
crime or involving a missing person. Your vehicle may be similar to
the one we are searching for. Remember…the Oklahoma City bomber was
apprehended in a typical motor vehicle stop.
Other reasons for
being stopped are equipment or registration violations. There are well
over a thousand pages of vehicle laws and regulations. Often a driver
is in violation of one of these laws with out realizing it. Often
times, vehicles are stopped by police out of courtesy to advise you
about an open trunk lid or other safety issues.
Here are some things to do if you are stopped.
- Stop your vehicle as far out of the traffic lane as possible.
- Stay in your vehicle!
- Turn on your interior light if it is dark out.
- Keep your hands in view, preferably on the steering wheel.
- Wait for the officer to request your paper work.
officers are often killed with weapons. Criminals must use their hands
to retrieve weapons that are usually kept within reach of the driver’s
seat. Police officers are trained to ask for identification first and
then provide an explanation second. You have the advantage of knowing
who we are by observing our vehicles and nametags, please give us the
courtesy of providing us with your ID without an argument. Please
remove your license or paperwork from its location in an envelope,
wallet or purse.
Most stops in Higginsville result in a verbal
warning as is customary in most jurisdictions. If your actions do
result in a citation and you disagree with it, or the officer’s
demeanor, please do not argue at the scene. You have the right to
question the citation before a judge. Also, all police departments have
a system in place to investigate citizen complaints.