Thread: pull over for unmarked car?
03-02-2010, 01:21 PM #1
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pull over for unmarked car?
How can people verify if they're being pulled over by a legit unmarked police car? What's the best thing to do if in doubt? Can a unmarked car with a simple red light on its roof pull you over? Should one pull over if driving on a lonely road? Is it true that *77 on your cell phone is a direct link to local state troopers for verification? I received an email today about the *77 but wouldn't it be better to call 911?
sorry for all the questions, i got carried away
03-02-2010, 02:01 PM #2
*77 will not connect you with the state troopers. Sorry.
If in doubt and in a dark or remote area, slow, turn on your emergency flashers, and continue until you arrive in a brightly lit parking lot.Sure, that badge will get you midgets, but those midgets will get that badge!
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03-02-2010, 02:02 PM #3
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Pull over, crack the window, advise the officer of your concerns and ask for the number to his dispatch center so you can confirm that he is a police officer.
03-02-2010, 02:11 PM #4
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In general. Red lights are not police lights. In this modern age of led lights most real cop cars even unmarked would have several blue lights. Excepting the undercover guys who are using undercover cars.
Sad but true their is not a common radio dispatch that covers all agencies. Calling 911 doesn't cover the troopers. Calling the troopers doesn't cover the city pd. Calling the city doesn't cover the deputies. Not counting federal guys or game wardens.Any views or opinions presented by this prenomen are solely those of a burlesque author and do not necessarily represent those of a LEA or caementum couturier.
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03-02-2010, 02:42 PM #5
Pull over in a lighted area if you're concerned.
*77 will not connect you to anything that I am aware of. If you need help, call 911.
Police cars will have at least one blue light somewhere on the vehicle. It's illegal for any other vehicle to have a blue except for real police cars. Anyone can have a red light, including volunteer firemen or someone with an interent connection.
03-02-2010, 03:38 PM #6
A police car in Texas can have Red, Red/Blue, or Blue lights, as I read the Transportation Code. I don't know of a Texas agency that uses anything other than Red/Blue, though I know for a time, Austin PD used Blue.
If you fail to stop for an unmarked car, you cannot be charged with Evading Arrest, as per the new law until a marked unit gets in on the pursuit.
Here's my question - how do you know it's unmarked? Let's say I'm hiding in my favorite hidey hole and you don't see me. I clock you doing 50 in a 30 (regular occurance at said locale) and get in behind you. You look in your rearview, see my lights, but hey, those headlights don't look like a Charger or a Crown Vic. You going to run? Cause that's a fully marked Dodge Intrepid. You don't stop immediately, you're going to jail, scooter.
Best thing you can do is call 911. But around here, it won't connect you to DPS dispatch and our dispatchers don't track our Troopers. Of course, you may bounce on a tower to another county (I was once at Texas Ave and Southwest Pkwy in College Station and somehow got picked up by Houston PD 911). If you don't know your county, you may get real screwed in a hurry.
All that being said, other than our couple of vollies with full lightbar rigs, MOST Texas police cars doing traffic stops will look like a UFO landing behind you.Let your watchword be duty, and know no other talisman of success than labor. Let honor be your guiding star in your dealing with your superiors, with your fellows, with all. Be as true to a trust reposed as the needle to the pole. Stand by the right even to the sacrifice of life itself, and learn that death is preferable to dishonor. ~ Gov. Richard Coke, October 4, 1876
03-02-2010, 03:54 PM #7
Call 911 and ask while giving them your current location. In Colorado, if you do not pull over for an unmarked unit, you will NOT be cited for fleeing.
03-02-2010, 04:05 PM #8
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03-02-2010, 05:43 PM #9
If you are in CA and there is a vehicle behind you displaying a "Kojac" light, keep on driving because it is not a law enforcement officer.
ALL emergency vehicles, marked or unmarked, must display at least one steady burning red light to the front and sound a siren as necessary to effect a traffic stop or respond to an emergency.Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!
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03-02-2010, 06:10 PM #10
03-02-2010, 06:16 PM #11
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If you are lit up by an unmarked car that you think is suspicious, I would suggest you put your hazard lights on and slow down; this will let the officer know you see him/her and want to comply with the traffic stop. Then call 911 and ask dispatch to verify that it is indeed an officer trying to stop your vehicle. Immediately stop once you find out it is indeed an officer.
If you don't have access to a cell phone, drive with your hazard lights on to a well lit public area. Police impersonators are far less likely to try anything in front of the public eye.
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03-02-2010, 06:52 PM #12
03-02-2010, 08:47 PM #13
I'm a firm believer in a nationwide standard of Red and Blue for all police, regardless of state law.
03-02-2010, 10:27 PM #14In general. Red lights are not police lights. In this modern age of led lights most real cop cars even unmarked would have several blue lights. Excepting the undercover guys who are using undercover cars.
03-02-2010, 10:39 PM #15
03-02-2010, 11:04 PM #16
It will vary through state laws and what's common in your area. If you've lived in your town/county for any period of time, you should be familiar with the police vehicles around you. In Nashville, TN, everyone knows that the city PD has an aggressive driving unit, DUI units, and other vehicles that are unmarked. Whether unmarked or not, they have tons of lights and uniformed officers (for the most part) driving them. They are easily identifiable and residents in Davidson Co (and other counties who commute in) know it.
A steady red light may be what's common in NY or CA as already mentioned. If you're so worried about it, ask the local PDs. They won't give you info on all their vehicles, but will at least let you know that they have unmarked and significant lighting.I'm 10-8 like a shark in a sea of crime..
03-03-2010, 04:48 AM #17
If I'm stopping you, you're going to see a lightbar, strobes, and all kinds of flashing lights behind you. If you don't stop within a reasonable amount of time, you'll hear the siren. You will know that I'm a LEO if I'm stopping you.
OP, if you're in Tx and someone tries to stop you using a flashing red light only, I would be very hesitant to do so, as it would most likely be a volunteer FF in my area. Cops have red/blue lights. If in doubt, turn on your flashers, slow down, and call 911 to verify with your local dispatcher if the traffic stop is legit. It is very important to know where you are at at any given time, in case of a situation such as this or in case you see a major accident or robbery take place right in front of you. Location, location, location.
03-03-2010, 06:32 AM #18
You no stoppie for blue lights out here....you getting butt kicked and going to jail....
03-03-2010, 07:23 AM #19
03-03-2010, 11:44 AM #20
03-03-2010, 11:48 AM #21
Sometime in the 90s, FF and LEO started to mix and match the Blue and the Red.....and that's how it is now. Still all Blue ofr the Volly FF though....
Out here its Blue for the Po-leece and Red for Fire/EMS.... Even on post.
I personally like the mix because it mixes things up and helps (hopefully) folks see you.... But, we know thats not always the case.....
03-03-2010, 01:23 PM #22
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All red here by letter of the law but most use a combo of blue and red in the rear, and recently even a mixture to the front.
#77 used to connect you to a NJSP dispatcher to report aggressive drivers but I believe the program was disbanded, however it is still stated on the website that it is active. http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/info/wireless_911.html
As others have stated I would call 911 and give the location of the stop but do not do anything to increase the risk to yourself or the officer.
03-03-2010, 01:57 PM #23
Well, considering the sheer volume of times I've been pulled over by local SD for speeding...I recognize EVERY local deputy...so I don't have a problem distinguishing between the real deal and an imposter. Sounds like you need to get pulled over more.If you are my supervisor and reading this...I'm calling off sick tomorrow.
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03-03-2010, 04:08 PM #24
03-03-2010, 05:32 PM #25