Can an unmarked police car with no siren give a speeding ticket?

I was pulled over for speeding in
Colorado Springs, Colorado by an
unmarked police car with no siren and
would like to know the laws regarding
this in Colorado.

Asked on October 30, 2018 under General Practice, Colorado

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that there is no legal requirement that a police officer operate a siren on their car in order to issue a traffic ticket. In fact an officer need not even be in a car in order to give a ticket. They can do it if they are on foot, motorcylce, bike or even horseback. 

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, an unmarked police car without a siren can ticket you: there is no legal requirement that a police car be marked and/or use a siren for giving out tickets. For that matter, you can ticketed by a police officer on foot; one on horseback; one one one of those silly golf-cart-like scooters that they sometime use for parking enforcement; on a Segue; etc.


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