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Traffic stops not simple, can be risky

Published: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 1:14 p.m. CST

This is in response to the Dec. 14 letter by David Sigel titled “Too many cops at traffic stop; not enough for distress call.” Unless you have driven solo in a police car with a backup miles away, you could not understand how a simple traffic stop can go bad very quickly.

When “warrant” goes over the air, backup officers do not know how many are in the car; is he going to fight; is he going to run. My guess is those officers were near and waited a few minutes to make sure the traffic stop was secure.

The agencies in our area have the best officers out there, and they work hard to protect. Be thankful, sir, that your letter was not an apology to a family he may have hit head-on while texting.

Note to readers: Barb Spataro is a former police officer.

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