Traffic Stops


Brugh asked: What is the full detailed procedure & legal line of questions & requests allowed & enforced by law during a routine bicycle traffic stop?


Bicycles are vehicles. Any legal procedures involved with a traffic stop of a driver of any vehicle would apply to the operator of a bicycle with few exceptions. An exception might be while riding on a sidewalk, when a bicyclist has the rights and duties of a pedestrian. Another might be a law that only applies to motor vehicles such as driving at a speed that impedes other traffic. Any applicable law may be questioned in a traffic stop, including the probable cause to believe the driver has committed a crime. The traffic stop must be for cause, such as a suspected violation of a traffic law or a random traffic stop for license checks or possible intoxication. The criteria for those must be clearly defined before hand and applicable to all drivers.

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One comment on “Traffic Stops
  1. NE2 says:

    “a random traffic stop for license checks” doesn’t apply to cyclists, however.

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