The other day a friend of mine called me up and asked me how I felt about the question, “How can police pull me over for talking on my phone while driving?” My response was pretty non-committal. I didn’t know. But I did have a few thoughts on the issue.
First of all, one could argue that if you are talking on your cell phone and driving a car, it is probably not a wise idea to be doing so. You could also make the argument that police officers have too much to gain by cracking down on drivers for talking on their phones.
Still, if they’re pulling you over for something other than drunk driving, you might as well be exercising your right to talk on your phone. The same goes if you are pulled over for flashing your headlights and having an improper plate lock.
So, can the police pull me over for talking on my phone while driving?
Well, first of all, it depends upon the officer’s reasoning for pulling you over. If they are pulling you over for suspicion of drunk driving or some other infraction, they are generally allowed to pull you over for talking on your cell phone. I would expect this to be a fairly common practice, but it is always good to be aware of any such laws that may be in place in your particular area.
You should also be aware that police officers have all the same rights to pull you over for whatever reason that they deem appropriate. Remember, they can only make a valid arrest with the permission of a court of law. So, can the police pull me over for talking on my cell phone while driving?
Unfortunately, the short answer to the question: can police pull me over for talking on my phone while driving is no. This is because you are not being arrested. Therefore, they cannot legally arrest you for talking on your cell phone. They are required by law to allow you to do so if they have reasonable suspicion to do so.
Whatever your reason for talking on your cell phone, it is important that you exercise your right to speak freely. If you continue to talk while driving, you can increase your chances of being pulled over and ticketed by the officers in question. Additionally, it is not against the law to talk on your phone while driving.
However, you should exercise common sense and be cautious about doing so. If you continue to talk without having a car stereo or plug in, you can endanger your own life. In other words, don’t talk while driving, and you can avoid possible citations from the law.