Oregon Supreme Court Rules Cops Can No Longer Ask Unrelated Questions at Traffic Stop

Maria Perez
Jan 10, 2020 - 6:21
Oregon Supreme

The Oregon Supreme Court recently ruled that during a traffic stop, the police can no longer ask unrelated questions. The ruling, which was made in November, bars officers in Oregon from asking questions unrelated to the reason a driver was pulled over. If a driver is pulled over due to a broken taillight or a failed turned signal, for example, officers no longer have an excuse to search someone’s vehicle. This ruling ends the practice of law enforcement officials turning a routine traffic stop into a vehicle search for a more serious offense, Oregon Public Broadcasting previously reported. 

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