|On Thu, 08 May 2003 14:07, you wrote:|
> Our Rights.
> I think generally the rights of drivers are not well known & are
> abused by police regularly.
> I am not an expert, & like Hunt no doubt, would value better informed
> Meantime the only reasons that I know for the Police to legally stop a
> vehicle are:
> 1) Some visible vehicle fault that is safety related, example blown
> 2) Police witness a breach of the Road Code or other "driver
> error/misbehaviour", example failure to give way, speeding etc.
> 3) Police witness erratic driving & therefore reasonably suspect a
> drug impaired driver.
> 4) DIC Police manned checkpoint. I believe they may not stop an
> individual vehicle merely to conduct an alcohol test, they can of
> course conduct a breath test if they stop you for something else.
> 5) As a means of traffic control.
> Police can not legally stop a vehicle for the sole purpose of
> checking: WOF, license possession, registration or tyre condition &
> this is not a comprehensive list.
As of a few years ago, the police can stop your car for a 'random check' of
your breath alcohol, your license details, and car registration.
Basically, when ever they want.
Also, of course, they can stop you on suspicion of breaking any law, for
example having an out of comliance car (looks too low to them, too loud, etc,
There is no defense, and you don't even want to think about the outcome if you
refuse to stop.