Legal Question in Traffic Law in California

Is it legal in SanBernardino county to conduct a traffic stop in the I-10 fwy while in a personal car and not in uniform?

Asked on 2/12/13, 8:08 pm

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Seth Weinstein Law Offices of Seth Weinstein
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The Vehicle Code prohibits unmarked vehicles being used for traffic enforcement if the unit's primary focus is traffic enforcement. It is unlikely that the Deputy is in a unit whose primary focus is traffic enforcement. Nothing would prevent the Deputy from conducting a traffic stop providing he identified himself as a peace officer.

Generally, Deputies should not conduct traffic stops unless it is a felony or misdemeanor offense.

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Answered on 2/18/13, 11:03 am

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