When police use selective targeting of certain drivers during a traffic stop, they can be violating a person's constitutional freedoms. Sometimes police are so focused on making arrests that they do so without probable cause, or they try to get away with racial profiling.
Police officers often rely on checkpoints to identify drivers who are drunk, speeding or driving without a valid license. While these resources are intended to protect other drivers on the road, they are being used to unfairly target drivers in specific demographics according to complaints. Reacting to these criticisms, police officers in Winston-Salem recently announced that they would make some changes to their checkpoint policies.
For many people, this Labor Weekend will be the last chance to get out and relax before school gets into full swing and summer officially comes to a close. While most of us try to enjoy our holiday, police officers across North Carolina will be hard at work increasing their efforts to ticket drivers for various traffic violations.
Police officers across North Carolina understand how traffic laws work. In many situations, officers will stack charges against a driver in the hope that he or she will plead guilty to at least one of the charges. What starts as a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt can quickly turn into several traffic violations that can seriously affect a person's driving record.
Drivers are not always aware that they may be driving faster than they should be on North Carolina roads. In some cases, drivers know they are speeding, but they feel justified if there is an emergency. In either case, chances are that we have all sped at least once. Police commonly pull over a driver for speeding because they hope this traffic stop will result in even more charges.
These days, drivers know how easy it is to quickly check an email or text while driving. Even though using a cellphone to text or email while driving in North Carolina is banned, many people continue to do it. This is particularly true when it comes to teenage drivers. A recent study observed teen drivers in North Carolina, and they found that teens engage in texting and driving significantly more than they did two years ago.
In many cases when a person ends up facing drug charges or license revocation, the charges are a result of an otherwise routine traffic stop. When an officer pulls someone over for speeding or texting while driving, it can progress into a search of a car which can uncover a small amount of drugs, which then leads to criminal charges. Because of seriousness of these elevated charges, scrutinizing the legalities and fairness of a traffic stop and any subsequent search is important.
Young, new drivers are among the most vulnerable people on the road. With limited driving experience and a sense of invincibility, teen drivers often do not realize the dangers of certain behaviors behind the wheel. Additionally, a novice driver may be particularly susceptible to peer pressure and distraction. Often, young drivers will engage in behaviors they know are wrong because they want to look cool or they feel as though they can get away with it.
The 100 days following Memorial Day are commonly referred to as the most dangerous for teenage drivers in North Carolina. School is out, there are parties all summer, and teens are heading to and from summer jobs. The excitement and freedom of being on summer vacation is something everyone can relate to. Unfortunately, it also means that young drivers may be getting into more trouble for reckless driving and other traffic violations.
At the very least, getting pulled over and ticketed for speeding or texting while driving can be quite irritating. At the most, however, it can also increase insurance premiums and may affect a person's driving privileges. In situations when a person who is ticketed is not planning on staying in a North Carolina jurisdiction for long, he or she may wrongly believe that they can ignore the traffic ticket or citation and nothing will happen.