Ask A Cop: Getting Pulled Over

A new weekly feature allows readers to ask the Montgomery County Police Department questions.


Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks took the time to answer the questions submitted last week for our new feature.


Question: I know this month officers are doing a "click it or ticket" campaign, citing drivers who are not wearing seat belts. Are they also simultaneously giving tickets to people using handheld cell phones while behind the wheel?

Answer: Yes, police can enforce more than one violation at a time.


Question: When a driver in Montgomery County is pulled over for speeding or another possible infraction why - more often than not - do I see two police cars on the scene instead of just one? Of all the counties I've ever lived in, this is the only place I've ever seen that on a consistent basis. Is having two officers pull one driver over standard procedure? If so, why?

Answer: We staff each police cruiser with one officer. It could be for a variety reasons why more than one officer is on the scene, from training to officer safety. Also, if an male officer is pulling over a woman he may want a witness there and because we live in a diverse area, we work in another officer to provide language assistance mostly Spanish, but it could be French or a language from Southeast Asia. 

Ask your question in the comments section below or email Editor Sonia Dasgupta at sonia@patch.com.

We'll get an answer to your question by the following Tuesday.

fruityrudy May 29, 2012 at 03:07 PM
i witnessed a police officer punch a suspect in the face with his hands cuffed behind is back. is this legal?
Richard Rice May 29, 2012 at 06:13 PM
No. absolutely not! When driving the beltway or 270 I always set my cruise control for 5 miles over simply for safety sake. No county or state police officers have ever stopped me for this. If someone is doing 15 or 20 miles over I observe lots of police pull overs!
bill marshall May 30, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Where can I see an archive of questions.?. I asked two questions last week and cannot find them? Do you answer all the questions? if not how do you choose?
Linda Finkelstein June 01, 2012 at 05:20 PM
This column is a great idea ! I'd, too, would like to see an archive of questions AND answers. Several of the above questions are posted as just questions, some with answers posted by readers, but without answers given by police. Could you withhold the questions until there is a legitimate police response ?
c rogers June 06, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Maybe these types of crimes can be avoided if Mo. County police would do their job of being more focused on real crimes and not so quick to respond to noise complaints or dogs barking, etc.. I feel that our police force in this area are afraid of doing and looking for the real criminals and just like to bother people with the BS calls!!! Please do your jobs and protect this community from the real criminal and not the person with the tail light out or the ATV out you get the point !!!! Respectfully Submitted


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