Traffic Stop

So, you see a police car in your rear-view mirror with it’s lights on. Your stomach drops and you swear out loud. Here are some guidelines to ensure the interaction goes well.

First, when it is safe to do so, signal your lane change to the right shoulder of the road. If you are in the left lane, signal your lane change to the right lane, and then signal your lane change to the shoulder of the road. You want to park as far over to the right as possible. The officer will not pull up directly behind you, but will park to the left of your vehicle by a couple feet so that he creates a “safe-zone” for him to walk up to your car and speak with you. Sometimes, if there is a lot of traffic, the officer will approach your vehicle on the passenger side. It is up to the officer.

Once your vehicle is stopped, place it in park and get out your driver’s license and proof of insurance. Offer them to the officer upon his or her greeting. Be polite and answer his questions without arguing. If you know you were speeding, apologize and don’t offer excuses. Take responsibility. (S)he may still decide to issue you a citation (ticket). You won’t change his or her mind by arguing.

Once it is safe, signal your intent to move back into traffic as you slowly pull away. Once you get home, give me a call at (612) 444-9779 for legal representation!

Driving on Lane Marking

Appellant challenged both his conviction for DWI and driver’s license revocation, arguing the stop of the vehicle, based on appellant driving on but not over the fog line, was unconstitutional.  The court defines “lane,” as used in Minn. Stat. section 169.18.7(a), which makes it a violation to move from one’s traffic lane, as the area between markings, but not the lane markings themselves.  Thus, appellant driving on the fog line gave police a reasonable, articulable suspicion of a traffic violation.  His conviction and driver’s license revocation are affirmed.  Kruse v. Comm’r Pub. Safety, __ N.W.2d __, A17-0552, A17-0564, 2018 WL 312944 (Minn. Ct. App. 1/8/2018).