When Does the Length of a Traffic Stop Become Excessive?

Written by Gregory Monte. Don’t Ever Do This Would you voluntarily agree to sit in a police officer’s car if he stopped you for speeding? If this sounds like a crazy question, you may not be familiar with the procedure of the Utah Highway Patrol.  In State v. Miller, 2019 UT App 18 - Utah: Court … Continue reading When Does the Length of a Traffic Stop Become Excessive?

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When Does the Length of a Traffic Stop Become Excessive?

Written by Gregory Monte. Don’t Ever Do This Would you voluntarily agree to sit in a police officer’s car if he stopped you for speeding? If this sounds like a crazy question, you may not be familiar with the procedure of the Utah Highway Patrol.  In State v. Miller, 2019 UT App 18 - Utah: Court … Continue reading When Does the Length of a Traffic Stop Become Excessive?

Can a Cop Pull You Over for Cursing?

Written by Gregory Monte. I was inspired to write about this topic because of an interesting 2019 court decision from North Carolina.  As you will read further along in this post, a woman was pulled over after a police officer heard someone in her car yell “mother-fucker.”  When I started researching the case a bit more … Continue reading Can a Cop Pull You Over for Cursing?

How NOT to Pass on the Right …

Written by Gregory Monte. Last week I posted two articles about the legality of passing a car using the shoulder of the road: A Ticket for Using the Shoulder to Turn Right? Not in TX (and possibly PA) Using the Shoulder to Pass a Car Turning Left. Is it Legal? When I came across the video shown below, … Continue reading How NOT to Pass on the Right …

Traffic Ticket Nazis And The Tax Law

Written by Gregory Monte. The Intolerant Traffic Ticket Nazis Traffic Ticket Nazi, noun: An individual who believes that tickets should be issued to all motorists for every minor traffic infraction.  1 mph over the limit?  Ticket. Roll through a stop sign when no one is within 200 feet of the intersection?  Ticket. Air freshener “obstructing” the … Continue reading Traffic Ticket Nazis And The Tax Law

A Ticket for Using the Shoulder to Turn Right? Not in TX (and possibly PA)

Written by Gregory Monte. Last week I discussed using the right shoulder to pass another car that is turning left: Using the Shoulder to Pass a Car Turning Left. Is it Legal? Today I want to talk about a related issue – the legality of using the shoulder to turn right at an intersection. Based my research, … Continue reading A Ticket for Using the Shoulder to Turn Right? Not in TX (and possibly PA)

Obstructed Windshield Ticket? Police Have the Burden of Proof.

Written by Gregory Monte. This post is a follow up to last week’s discussion about whether a motorist can get a ticket for hanging an air freshener from his rear-view mirror – A Traffic Ticket for Hanging an Air-Freshener Off Your Rear-View Mirror? After reviewing many court decisions, it appears that there is really only one possible … Continue reading Obstructed Windshield Ticket? Police Have the Burden of Proof.