Police Officer Stopping

Strengthening The Citizen and Law Enforcement Partnership at The Traffic Stop:
Professionalism is a Two-Way Street




Part I: Practices for Traffic Law Enforcement Officers

Blue BulletDuring Typical Stops
Blue BulletSpecial Conditions
Blue BulletConfrontational Drivers
Blue BulletDuring Suspicious or Felonious Stops
Blue BulletConclusion

Part II: Practices for Drivers

Red BulletWhy Officers Conduct
Blue BulletTraffic Stops Are Dangerous

Blue BulletWhat Can You Do?



Why Officers Conduct Traffic Stops

Officers keep this kind of activity in check. No one likes to get a ticket, but if a ticket deters us from doing things that put the community’s safety at risk, we all benefit.

The main reason officers conduct traffic stops is to enforce the law and to encourage voluntary compliance with these laws. The goal is to reduce injuries and deaths on our roadways. However, officers who conduct traffic stops also save us money. Say an uninsured driver is not wearing a seat belt, speeds down the road, loses control and hits a guardrail. Who pays for rescue and emergency services? Who pays for his hospital stay and physical therapy? Who pays for the guard rail repair? It is not the guy, but your local government, which is generously funded by you the taxpayer. Costs are controlled every time patrol officers enforce the laws. This is another reason why officers encourage us to do things–like wear our seat belts, use child safety seats for our little ones, and not speed or drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.