Q: Do police have the right to pull someone over for bogus traffic violations?
A: There may be a disagreement between yourself and the officer on whether the traffic violations were bogus.
A: Under NYS law, police are authorized to stop a vehicle with reason too believe they have committed any traffic infraction...no matter how minor (e.g. brake light out, swerve, etc). Very often if late at night, these stops are pretrxtuak whereby the officers are really ferreting out drunk driving. Officers can only make stops for traffic infractions surging their bailiwicks (town/village for local police, county for sheriffs, state for NYS officers unless their jurisdiction is limited such as university or park police).
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