When is a traffic stop for speeding a reasonable amount of time?

MultiRegion, United States of America

The following excerpt is from U.S. v. Turvin, 517 F.3d 1097 (9th Cir. 2008):

A traffic stop for speeding can doubtlessly last long enough for the police to ask questions about the reasons for speeding and to conduct a variety of checks about licenses, registration, insurance and so on. We underline that the police are not constitutionally required to move at top speed or as fast as possible. For the police to be vigilant about crimes is, at least broadly speaking, a good thing. And at a traffic stop, the police can occasionally pause for a moment to take a breath, to think about what they have seen and heard, and to ask a question or so. The police are authorized to detain traffic violators for a reasonable amount of time.

United States v. Hernandez, 418 F.3d 1206, 1212 n. 7 (11th Cir.2005) (internal

[517 F.3d 1103]

citation omitted); see also United States v. Sharpe, 470 U.S. 675, 686, 105 S.Ct. 1568, 84 L.Ed.2d 605 (1985) (holding that a detention was not unreasonable where officers, though slowed down, were diligent in their investigation).

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