In todays society, an on board vehicle camera is essential and can provide transparency to any traffic stop.
A typical police unit camera does not switch on until the lights and sirens have been activated. Relying on their footage as the only documentation for the incident leaves the actual probable cause for the stop undocumented.
Many traffic stops are a result of profiling. Not necessarily racial profiling but situational profiling.
A vehicle traveling through the city at 2:am on a Saturday night with 3 people in the car will catch an officers eye. His training and experience tells him the odds of the driver being under the influence of something are high.
Onboard Vehicle Cameras Impact On Probable Cause Defense People
This leads officers to tail the vehicle until they have decided whether or not they are right or to see if the vehicles is being operated erratically.
Often times drivers do not commit any traffic violations but are still pulled over on a hunch. At this point, the documentation begins along with the officers evaluation. The officer is now looking to see if the driver has been drinking and check for drugs and/or weapons.
In the event anything is found, the perpetrator is arrested and booked. But where was probable cause for the stop to begin with? If the officer claims the vehicle swerved, its his word against the driver and will not equate to an adequate defense.
The presence of an onboard camera that constantly records would provide documented detail of the events prior to the officer activating his camera. This piece of evidence would provide a defense attorney with a defense for probable cause.
Onboard Vehicle Cameras Impact On Probable Cause Defense
With technology purchases on the rise daily, devices such as onboard car camera can be purchased for less than $20. They offer consistent recording operating on a typical 2 hour loop.
On board camera’s are easily the simplest and most cost effective way to hold everyone on the road accountable for their actions.
On behalf of Mark Scruggs Law Firm