Most motorists have committed some kind of traffic violation during their driving years. Generally, the offense yields a punishment that is manageable for most people, such as a fine or community service. However, there are those drivers who stand accused of much more serious traffic-related crimes that carry harsher sentences upon conviction. One Missouri county recently released statistics that may show residents just how important it is for motorists to defend themselves against serious traffic violation charges.
The county sheriff's office published statistics of how many traffic stops its officer's made during 2018. In just that county alone, there were nearly 11,500 traffic stops. Officers made an average of 31 stops daily, and the overwhelming majority of stops were due to moving violations. In 424 of the stops, officers conducted a search of the vehicle. Forty-three percent of the time, those searches yielded some type of prohibited item.
Interestingly, only a small number of the stops resulted in an arrest. Thirty-two of the arrests were for a DWI charge, 21 arrests were for a drug violation and 15 were for traffic violations. Though these numbers may seem low, they only apply to one county in Missouri that has a population of just over 79,000 people. It stands to reason that the arrest records for the entire state when it comes to traffic violations make the potential for this problem much more significant for motorists.
Law enforcement serves a vital function in society. This often includes the enforcement of traffic-related laws and ordinances. However, police officers are only human and so are the people they arrest. A traffic violation charge can have a serious impact on a person's life, resulting in higher insurance rates, license suspension or even jail time. It is crucial that anyone here in Missouri who stands accused of a traffic violation has experienced and competent legal representation.