Can the police run my plates for no reason?
August 30, 2005 10:32 AM Subscribe
Can the police run my license plates through the computer for no reason?
posted by hootch to law & government (16 answers total)
My brother's license is suspended and the car I drive is in his name. I was pulled over because of this recently after the cop ran my license plates through the computer. I had been obeying all the traffic laws when I was pulled over. Do the police have the right to run license plates when they have no reason to suspect me of committing any crime? It seems like they shouldn't, but then again, my license plates are in plain view.
FWIW, I have absolutely no plans on pursuing this (if indeed the police were wrong in running my plates). I'm just curious.