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06/02/2011 TSPD traffic stop US-19 Tarpon Mall

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Published on Jun 3, 2011

**Warning to all residents of Tarpon Springs**

The Tarpon Springs Police Department has been increasing it's rate of traffic stops and ticketing since the Memorial Day weekend. We believe this is due in part to their participation in the 2011 Florida Law Enforcement Challenge. According to their website the FLEC is sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation, and aims to reward "the best overall traffic safety programs in Florida", encouraging departments to step up ticketing for traffic infractions, including DUI and seat belt usage. However, this also opens the door for potential abuses, such as unnecessary revenue generation, and searches based on the department utilizing multiple officers at stops in order to pressure drivers into consenting (commonly known as a "shakedown").

DO NOT CONSENT TO A SEARCH. Whether or not you are in possession of anything illegal, the officers will likely threaten to run a drug sniffing dog around your car, or promise to let you off easy if you just admit to having something on you. DO NOT TRUST WHAT THEY SAY, especially if you aren't doing anything illegal. Cops are not you friends. They enforce the laws, however just or unjust those laws may be. You would be better off trying to fight off a charge in court than to be at the mercy of a seemingly friendly cop.

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