DUS – How Did They Know?


We hear about it several times a week.  A potential client calls or comes in for an office consult in regard to a Driving Under Suspension charge, and has no idea why they were pulled over.  

Normally there is a reason that the police pull a car over in the first place, for example, the driver misses a stop sign.  When the police pull him over and ask for his license, he doesn't have one to give.

We've been seeing more and more cases like this, where the police pull people over and have sketchy-or-no explanation as to why.

Modern Police cars are equipped with infrared cameras that scan the license plates of every car they go by.  These scans are matched against databases of stolen cars, outstanding warrants, and suspended drivers.  Police have begun pulling cars over simply because the car is registered to a suspended driver.

Of course this is inappropriate and highly illogical.  Unless the police actually know the driver personally, and know that he is behind the wheel, who is to say that is isn't the driver's spouse?  A car is not a person, and the car is not suspended.

One particular story comes to mind or a recent client who was driving on a suspended license, but otherwise complying with traffic regulations.  He noticed the police were following him, but he didn't break any traffic regulations, so no pull over happened.  

So to speak, these police knew the car was registered to a suspended driver and followed it.  Obviously, the whole time they were following, these police were just looking for any reason to pull over the car - registration stickers, burned out license plate lights, etc., but nothing of the sort was the case.  

In many cases, the stress of being followed by the police is enough to cause someone to make a mistake - I wonder how many pull overs were based on the driver making a mistake caused by the stress of being followed.

Ultimately, our client made it to the parking lot of his workplace without being pulled over.  The police followed him right into the employee lot and when he got out of his car, they rolled down their window and called out," Mr. Jennings?"

Word to the wise, when the client responded, "Yes?" the police did cite him for Driving Under Suspension  --JMF Traffic