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.
Blackstone Police Department Ross A. Atstupenas Chief of Police 15 St. Paul St. Blackstone, MA 01504 For Immediate Release Friday, June 29, 2018 Contact: Benjamin Paulin Phone: 781-428-3299 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advisory: High Heat Coming Today through Thursday A heat wave is coming to New England, and residents are urged to take all precautions necessary to stay […]
With the Fourth of July coming up next week, Chief Ross A. Atstupenas urges residents to leave fireworks to the professionals and reminds them that possessing or using fireworks in the state of Massachusetts is against the law.
Chief Ross A. Atstupenas reports that a man was charged with striking multiple vehicles while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol down Main Street late Tuesday night.