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Police disguised as construction workers spot traffic violations

The next time you are driving and see a sign warning you of construction ahead, you might want to double check your seat belt. Police in North Carolina are setting up stings by posing as construction workers on many roads in order to catch people who are speeding, drunk drivers, people who are not wearing their seat belts, and many other traffic violations.

It may not seem fair to most drivers. Can police dress up as construction workers in order to spot law breakers? Unfortunately they can, according to one professor at Elon University School of Law. Just as police officers can go undercover to investigate a crime, they can also dress in construction or plain clothes to spot drivers breaking the law.

This recent example of what officers call "spotters" exhibits a system of spotting and reducing traffic flow so that officers can pull over drivers who are violating traffic laws. Police say that they are able to fine drivers about $25 for not wearing a seatbelt. They have pulled over drunk drivers and even someone in possession of stolen goods.

The concern for drivers is that in these situations, even a minor traffic ticket can result in other charges or increased penalties. Getting pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt may also lead to charges for not having a valid license, DUI, and other charges. It can also result in points on driving and insurance records.

Even though a speeding ticket or fines for other traffic violations may seem minor, it may be beneficial to speak with an attorney before just paying a ticket. By paying a ticket, you are admitting fault and that may not always be the best thing to do. There could be ways to dismiss or reduce any tickets, fines or charges.

Source: WGHP, "Police disguised as construction workers to check for seat belts," Kristin Nelson, March 31, 2012

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