Thursday, April 23, 2015

Court Rules Police Can’t Extend Traffic Stop to Wait for Drug Dog

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police may not drag out a routine traffic stop in order to buy time to bring in a drug sniffing dog to search the vehicle for drugs.

The judges agreed that authority for stopping the vehicle “ends when tasks tied to the traffic infraction are — or reasonably should have been — completed.”
The Yakima Herald has more on this case, and its' history.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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