Friday, January 1, 2010
BEWARE OF SNOW COVERING YOUR LICENSE PLATES
While I appreciate the fact that police were watching out for drunk drivers I have heard reports that some officers may have been a little over zealous in their duties. This morning I was told that a person was pulled over and the first thing the officer asked the driver when he approached the window was if the driver had been drinking. The driver reported to me this morning that he honestly didn’t know why he was pulled over as he wasn’t speeding and hadn’t broken any laws that he was aware of. When he asked the officer why he had been pulled over the officer told him that the visibility of his license was obstructed from view and he was stopped because the officer was checking his vehicle. I wonder then why Havre’s patrolmen don’t then make sure their own patrol car license plates aren’t likewise cleaned if that is a justifiable cause to make a traffic stop? It would seem reasonable to assume that at least one patrolman was reaching beyond what he is empowered to do by State law on last night’s rounds.
Did anyone else have a similar experience last night?