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Traffic stop laws

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BATON ROUGE- Traffic stop laws are different in every state, so it's important to be familiar with what you can and cannot do. Law enforcement officials' first rule of advice: don't turn the roadside into a courtroom.


If a driver gets pulled over in Louisiana the officer is allowed to ask them to get out of the vehicle. The officer is also allowed to briefly detain, question and even do a limited pat down if they have safety concerns.


Once a driver is out of the car the officer can search the car if they have probable cause. If the officer doesn't have probable cause they must ask for permission, and the driver can refuse.


The Baton Rouge Police Department says their first job is always to calm down the situation.


“If they continue to escalate their actions, then we continue to escalate our action in an attempt to keep the situation as controlled as possible,” said Cpl. L'Jean Mckneely Jr.


Officers advise drivers who get pulled over to stay calm and compliant. If you feel the need to fight or argue with the officer, wait and take it to court.


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