I have read about San Luis Obispo police stopping motorists for good driving habits. Now I get the intention is to foster goodwill between the police and the community while promoting driver safety, but has anybody asked if this is even legal?
A traffic stop is a seizure under the Fourth Amendment, which requires probable cause to believe that a crime has/is occurring and the person being stopped is connected to it. If SLOPD tries to stop me to give me a $15 food certificate, and I refuse to stop, are they going to pursue me and arrest me for failure to yield to a peace officer? Did anybody at The Tribune think to ask that question?
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