Picture this, it’s early Monday and you’re quickly trying to make it into the office. You’re driving along and are just going to make it in on time. The next thing you know, there is a police car pulling you over. You’re distraught, know you’re going to be late, and generally do not know what you could have possibly done wrong. Surely you were abiding by the rules of the road, this officer couldn’t possibly have any reason to be pulling you over?
This, unfortunately, is a common misconception. The police can stop you while you are driving your car or riding your bicycle for various wide ranging reasons. The only stipulation being that the police officer must be acting “in the execution of their duty”. This simply means that police officers can’t stop drivers for “whatever they like”. If you don’t stop for the police, you are committing a criminal offence and could be subject to receiving a fine.