Bicycle ran a red light and caused an accident resulting in bodily injury and property damage. Does the officer have to witness the occurrence for the bicyclist to be ticketed.
2 Answers from Attorneys
No. The officer need only develop probable cause for the offense, which is usually done largely through witness statements.
Hello. Answer is 'No'. Law enforcement does not witness in-person ('with their own eyes') the vast majority of crimes (or alleged crimes). For example, many 'concerned citizens' dial 911 to report a drunk (or otherwise impaired) driver, either by personally witnessing such a person operating or a motor vehicle on the road, or, say, observing such a person in some gas station/store/fast food joint, or, say, by being at a home/party & seeing that an drunk (or other impaired) person is intent on driving.
Tricia Dwyer Esq
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