Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks responded to questions submitted on last week's Ask A Cop feature. Post new questions in the comments section below or email Editor Sonia Dasgupta at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll get an answer to your question by the following Tuesday.
Seat Belts and Cell Phones
Question: I know this month officers are doing a "click it or ticket" campaign, citing drivers who are not wearing seat belts. Are they also simultaneously giving tickets to people using handheld cell phones while behind the wheel?
Answer: Yes, police can enforce more than one violation at a time.
Traffic Stop Protocol
Question: When a driver in Montgomery County is pulled over for speeding or another possible infraction why — more often than not — do I see two police cars on the scene instead of just one? Of all the counties I've ever lived in, this is the only place I've ever seen that on a consistent basis. Is having two officers pull one driver over standard procedure? If so, why?
Answer: We staff each police cruiser with one officer. It could be for a variety reasons why more than one officer is on the scene, from training to officer safety. Also, if an male officer is pulling over a woman he may want a witness there and because we live in a diverse area, we work in another officer to provide language assistance mostly Spanish, but it could be French or a language from Southeast Asia.