Random Truck Search?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by ReeferRookie, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. LumbraX

    LumbraX Medium Load Member

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    Who knew so many lawyers also were truck drivers :biggrin_2554:
     
  2. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    You don't have to be a lawyer to know your rights.
    You also don't have to be a lawyer to know the laws governing our trucks either. I have had to show the dot the actual law more than once.
     
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  3. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

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    The proper response to “can we look in the sleeper” is to ask them for their DOT Inspection credentials.

    If they have credentials, they should be given permission to enter the vehicle for required equipment inspection only.

    If they don’t have credentials, the answer is “may I please see the warrant?”
     
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  4. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    Dot can not search your sleeper without a warrant unless you give them permission, which they will want you to sign a form for it. You should keep your safety equipment to where it can be checked from ground through an open door.
     
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  5. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

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    If they REALLY want to search your sleeper, or already think they have Probable Cause, they'll be telling you why they're looking and will go get their warrant.
    Or, they'll have the k9 officer do an exterior walk and SAY the dog flagged.
    Then they can go in with PC.
     
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  6. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    they meet everyday at the same times, at the lunch counter........:rolleyes:
     
  7. Tug Toy

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    Here in lllinoiis you may as well let them look. I think the dogs are just calling it in these days? I’ve never seen a dog called to the scene that DIDN’T alert. Have you?
     
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  8. The Biggest Dawg

    The Biggest Dawg Light Load Member

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    Have they ever called the dog on you?
     
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  9. me myself and I

    me myself and I Medium Load Member

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    Well, I've got serched in IA. And i didnt consent.
     
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  10. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    If they have probable cause, that suits a judge, yes they can get a warrant, they can't otherwise unless you let them
    The only times they have ever tried to search me is when they wanted to meet their quota on their dog, which they have to do to keep getting the federal funding for the canine unit.
    They can walk it around the truck without your permission. They usually get mad and run the dog around on a dead run when you refuse a search, at least that has been my experience, the only 2 times they have tried.
     
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  11. ReeferRookie

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    Thanks for the replies. Learn something new every day!
     
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