Iowa State Troopers Target Out-of-State Drivers

October 23, 2013

  • October 23, 2013 at 1:28 pm
    reality bites says:
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    So, cops in Iowa are looking for out-of-staters who act suspiciously…

    Good call. Anyone with OOS plates must be either passing through or lost.

  • October 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    Jen says:
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    “There’s a perception with interdiction teams that we’re focused almost entirely on drugs,” he said. “The hardest part about what we do is that the successes aren’t public.”

    Huh? So what are they focused on then? Why cant it be public?

  • October 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    Learn This Phrase says:
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    Response when pulled over:

    “I don’t wish to discuss my affairs with you officer, am I free to proceed on my way.”

    Not free to proceed = detained. Detained requires miranda.

  • October 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm
    Got Insurance? says:
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    “In Iowa, courts have ruled that officers must have motorists’ consent before they can search their vehicle”

    Be careful of the “Is there anything that you want to tell me before I search your vehicle?” line. You say “no” and you have given them consent to search. You say “yes” and you have still given consent to search. Very tricky.

  • October 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm
    Howard says:
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    Although a state may not directly regulate, prohibit, or burden interstate or foreign commerce, it may incidentally and indirectly affect it by a bona fide, legitimate, and reasonable exercise of its police powers.

    And what bona fide, legitimate, and reasonable interest does the state of Iowa have in stopping out of state vehicles? Perhaps next it will prohibit Iowa pharmacies from filling prescriptions written in California?

    • October 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm
      Here's your answer, Howard says:
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      “And what bona fide, legitimate, and reasonable interest does the state of Iowa have in stopping out of state vehicles?”

      Most out of state drivers will not return to Iowa to defend themselves, they will just pay the fine. The reasonable interest is money.

  • October 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm
    Howard says:
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    A state may not go beyond what is essential for self-protection by interfering with interstate transportation into or through its territory.A state may not burden interstate commerce by discriminating against it or persons engaged in it or the citizens or property originating in another state.

    • October 24, 2013 at 11:32 am
      JohnS says:
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      You are correct that this discrimination against residents of other states is Unconstitutional.

      In addition, it is immoral and unethical.

      After a cop pulled me over and gave me a speeding ticket with my wife and two kids right outside town 50 feet past the speed limit sign, I’ll never ski in Steamboat again.

      So, not very good for tourism or the impression of your state either.

      All in all, just plain bad policy which has to be driven by money. Police and justice is not supposed to be influenced by money.

      • October 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm
        Libby says:
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        Isn’t Steamboat in Colorado?



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