MD: Traffic enforcement saturation for seat belt stops wasn’t a checkpoint

A traffic enforcement saturation to stop people only without seat belts on was founded on reasonable suspicion and wasn’t a checkpoint. Johnson v. State, 2019 Md. App. LEXIS 783 (Sept. 9, 2019).*

Defendant was stopped for a traffic offense, and he had no insurance and warrants came up. After issuing the citation, the officer said he smelled marijuana, and defendant refused to consent to a search and the officer said he didn’t need it. The stop was valid, as was everything that happened thereafter. State v. ColeState v. ColeState v. Cole, 2019 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 556 (Sept. 9, 2019).*

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