What Does a Typical Traffic Stop Consist of?




Title: What Does a Typical Traffic Stop Consist of?
Description: A typical traffic stop will consist of the officer asking the driver for their travel documents. Things like a driver’s license, insurance, registration or rental agreement if the vehicle is, in fact, a rental car.
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A typical traffic stop will consist of the officer asking the driver for their travel documents. Things like a driver’s license, insurance, registration or rental agreement if the vehicle is, in fact, a rental car.

The officer will also ask for an identification of any passengers in the vehicle as well. The officer will take this information back to his patrol car and run what is called a wants or warrants check on the driver or any passengers to determine if those persons have any warrants out for their arrest.

The officer will also conduct what is called a data check on the driver to determine if the driverls license is, in fact, valid. He may also inquire into any travel plans or itineraries of the driver or the passengers.

Once these steps are completed the officer will then either issue a citation for the traffic offense that he observed or a warning ticket, return the travel documents back to the driver and the driver would then be free to go.