What to do If you are stopped.
Why did you Stop me?
Moving violations are the most common reasons for motor vehicle stops. These include but are not limited to:
Why did the Officer…
Why did the officer sneak up on my vehicle?
SAFETY. Officers are trained to minimize the risk of danger to themselves and the operator of the vehicle stopped. Many officers are injured or killed while making traffic stops each year.
Why were there two or three officers at my stop?
AGAIN SAFETY. Officers in the vicinity of a traffic stop will routinely back up their fellow officer to reduce the likelihood of the officer being injured.
Things you should know.
All operators are required to have in their possession their driver’s license and registration for the vehicle. It is recommended that your driver’s license be kept somewhere where it is easily accessible. The Blackstone Police Department strongly urges drivers not to keep their driver’s license underneath the driver’s seat. As this is a popular spot to hide a weapon, an operator that reaches under the seat on a traffic stop will heighten the officer’s awareness and may change the demeanor of the officer until safety is again established.
Driving in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a privilege, not a right. Although an officer can verify the status of your driver’s license if you don’t have it in possession, they are not required to; the burden of proof is on you, the operator. You can still be fined if your license is in good standing if you do not have it in your possession.
It is an ARRESTABLE OFFENSE if you are an out of state operator and do not have your license in your possession while driving in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regardless if your license in that state is in good standing or not.
Chief Ross A. Atstupenas would like to provide Blackstone residents with safety tips and precautions ahead of two snowstorms that are expected to effect the region on Friday and over the weekend.
Those with an emergency who cannot get through by dialing 911, should contact the Blackstone police and fire department dispatch center at 508-883-1212 or 508-883-1213.
Blackstone Police Offer Tips to Prevent Holiday Package Theft BLACKSTONE — With the holiday shopping season in full swing, Chief Ross A. Atstupenas and the Blackstone Police Department wish to remind residents of several precautions they can take when ordering items online to help prevent their gifts from falling into the wrong hands. A recent report indicates that online […]