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Post  motherhen on Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:34 am

is it true that if a female is stopped by a male police officer and its dark, she dosnt have to stop and can drive to the nearest police station?

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Post  TuffCutter on Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:59 pm

In short no but things are never that simple. If you suspect that he is not a police officer then you can drive to a busy place/police station, also you can call 999 and check the vehicle trying to stop you is a police vehicle its also worth bearing in mind that using your mobile in this situation is not illegal as you are using it for emergency purposes. I do find your question ironic seeing as most police officers (national stats) are male and that % of male officers is higher in roads policing depts.

got this from PNLD:



The following is advice for anyone who feels vulnerable were she (or he) to stop. In many cases there may be several of you in the vehicle or you are confident you can deal with the situation, in which case this advice may not be for you.

An unmarked police car can stop vehicles, but it must contain a constable who MUST be in uniform in order to carry out the stop.

If a car flashing for you to pull over or stop is unmarked, unless you are 100% certain it is the police, do not stop. Drive steadily to the nearest public place (for example a petrol station where they are open till late, a police station or somewhere there are a lot of people) and then stop. If you are in a relatively deserted area, as a last resort, consider looking for a house that is obviously occupied and pull into the driveway. (You can always apologize to the householder afterwards.)

Try and signal that you have acknowledged the request to stop and indicate the action you are taking (put your flashers on or signal by pointing from the driver's window etc.). Don't drive off at great speed making the police think you are trying to get away.

Keep the doors locked until you are happy it is the police. Have your mobile at hand just in case. You can ask to see a warrant card, which should carry a name and photograph, through the closed window.

Incidentally, if you are suspected of drink/drugs driving none of these actions would invalidate an officer giving you a preliminary screening test as you have only temporarily interrupted your journey and are still driving for the purposes of that law.

so no you cant fail to stop unless you honestly believe the car and/or officer is a fake.

What I will say about the bold in the quote is this have quoted the power which gives the police to stop vehicles. Its worth noting that for and officer to be "in uniform" he/she only has to be identifiable as a police officer so he could be in jeans and a t-shirt but if he/she had a stab vest, baseball cap or something else with the word POLICE on it then he/she is in uniform!

163 Power of police to stop vehicles

(1) A person driving a motor vehicle on a road must stop the vehicle on being required to do so by a constable in uniform.

(2) A person riding a cycle on a road must stop the cycle on being required to do so by a constable in uniform.

(3) If a person fails to comply with this section he is guilty of an offence.

Hope that helps

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