Is the VPD using the “White Line” law to pull cars over late night and check the drivers sobriety?
By Francesco Abbruzzino, Publisher – The Scoop News
I was talking to a friend and he started to tell me about a strange incident with the VPD. Basically, it was just after 4am and he was out early because he was heading south for a photo shoot. He saw an officer, prior to come upon one stop sign. So, he made sure that it was a full stop, prior to proceeding. The officer started to follow him and after the third stop, the officer pulled him over. His violation, not coming to a complete stop.
This just happened to another person I know too. She was at a friend’s house watching a movie. After the movie she drove home, just after 12am. She was pulled over for not stopping at the stop sign, but SHE DID STOP.
The officer stopped both of them because part of their car crossed the white line. You know, that white line that we can’t see, unless we stop the car five feet in front of it.
I got in my car and paid attention to the white line and found that when I stopped and made sure that my car or tire did not cross it at a stop, I could not see oncoming traffic. The white line was to far back for me to ensure that no traffic was coming and that it was OK to move forward.
I did check around and basically that is the law (“Stop Law”). Even though you can’t really see the stop line with the front of your car, you can get cited if any portion of your car goes over the white line. Even if you can’t see the oncoming traffic and you creep out and over the line, they can cite you. Read about it on an attorney’s log by clicking — >>> here
Some view this as the VPD using the law to their advantage, so that they can pull over a driver that is out late, to see if there is anything suspect, like drinking and driving. Others view it as VPD going to extremes to generate revenue. How do you view it? Before you state it is the law, so don’t have any part of your car cross the white line, go out and see how easy it is to be in compliance with this law.
Both stops were between 12 and 5 am, so perhaps the officer is using the law as probable cause to pull over drivers and run a sobriety check. However, in both cases the individuals were sober. One individual was given a warning and the other individual was given a ticket for about $145. Let’s not forget about the points on his record and the likely increase in his insurance rate.